We are excited to be back at Kingswood School again this year, but things will be done a little differently to ensure the safety of all guests and volunteers. All applications are to be made online this year, even if you are a regular volunteer, because roles and timings have slightly changed and we need to confirm your GDPR approval and Covid-19 status.

It’s with the help of around 200 volunteers like you, willing to give up their time to make a difference to someone else’s Christmas Day, that makes the party run like clockwork. Here is a brief overview of the various Volunteer duties:

Often family-based, both these morning-only activities are done either side of Christmas Day. Set up includes laying tables, placing chairs, setting up the drinks station and putting signage indoors and out. Break down includes general cleaning of kitchen and hall areas, retrieving signage, packing glasses, moving tables and chairs, etc, so we leave the School as clean and tidy as we found it.

Food Preparation and Washing Up both involve sharp items, so we don’t allow anyone under the age of 16 in the kitchens. Kitchen duties include veg prep, making stuffing balls, plating up meals in the servery and much more. Experienced / qualified cooks are preferred to support our professional Chef and his Assistant.

Whether a transport steward or actually meeting and greeting, this is the first (and last) impression guests get on the day. Friendly and helpful, you will also need to assist guests to be seated at a table and introduce them to their Table Hosts. On departure it’s the same thing, but helping people into cars to go home.

Hot and cold drinks are served to guests throughout the day from a designated station, with an AM and PM team. We also serve a glass of wine at the table to those who wish to partake.

Waiting tables efficiently and joyfully will be under the instruction of the Dining Manager who will also advise when to clear plates and any special diet requests.

Cheerful and engaging, our table hosts keep the party going on each table, answering any questions guest may have, such as where the toilets are, what’s happening next, or advising the Dining Manager or Waiting Team about any of the guests’ special diet requests.

Always helpful and attentive, our drivers use their own vehicles to collect and return guests home, may need to assist those with mobility issues, accommodate a wheelchair, take home-delivery meals, or do an emergency run if a guest has to leave early.

We need an accompanist for the Christmas singing, as well as any singer(s) who would be happy to lead it! Outside of the Christmas period there are other duties where volunteers can help the committee, including collecting and delivering provisions or wrapping up of the gifts which we provide to all our guests. Just tick the box on the application form and we will be back in touch to discuss these further.

Some roles may need only a couple of hours, others can be all day, and experienced volunteers will be encouraged to help anyone new in the role. We cannot accept children under the age of 13 for Christmas Day roles, and the minimum age to volunteer for the kitchen and wash-up areas is 16. Online applications should be completed by FRIDAY 5 NOVEMBER.

Any enquiries please contact our Volunteer Co-Ordinator.