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Volunteers Needed to Lead Homeless Charity’s Christmas Getaway in Rydal

The grounds of Rydal Hall – this year’s Christmas Getaway Destination

[K]endal-based homeless charity Manna House is looking for a volunteer, or pair of volunteers, to lead its first ever Christmas Getaway at Rydal Hall, from Christmas Eve until 27 December.

The aim is to provide a traditional Christmas for homeless and vulnerably housed people in South Lakeland. The trip is nearly organised with bookings for the accommodation at Rydal Hall Youth Centre near Ambleside, the transport, and pizza delivery on Christmas Eve already confirmed – all that’s missing is a leader or a pair of leaders.

The role involves planning the details of the Getaway with up to 29 participants, including activities, meals, and the allocation of accommodation. From putting up the Christmas tree to enjoying a festive feast, the trip will give clients and a small group of volunteers a Christmas treat.

Manna House Winter Shelter Co-Ordinator, Lois Sparling comments: “We were absolutely overwhelmed by the response to our appeal for volunteers for the Winter Shelter this year. We have exceeded our target of 90 volunteers to help us provide shelter for homeless clients during the coldest months, but we still need one or two people who are free to spend a few days away over Christmas. It will be so rewarding to share the magic of the season with our clients.”

“The Winter Shelter closes for three nights so that our amazing volunteers and church venues can have a well-earned break over the festivities, and this trip means that we can ensure our clients are safe, well, and surrounded by members of our caring, local community during that time.”

Anyone interested in leading the Manna House Christmas Getaway – or finding out more – is asked to ring Lois, or Andrea, at Manna House on 01539 725534. The first planning meeting will take place in early December.