1. ITV Report

More than half a million people will volunteer in Wales this Christmas

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Research by voluntary service charity, Royal Voluntary Service, finds that 700,000 (more than one in four) adults in Wales intend volunteer this Christmas.

The news comes as research from the charity conducted this time last year estimated that 280,000 older people would spend Christmas Day alone.

of people intending to volunteer will do so on Christmas Day.

The national findings identify a number of causes people plan to or would consider supporting over the festive period.

of volunteers say they plan to or are considering donating their time to support older people.

Other charitable causes people said they might gift their time to included supporting children and young people (54%), helping the homeless (53%) working on mental health projects (49%) and aiding refugees and asylum seekers (32%).

It is heart-warming to hear that so many people in Wales are planning to gift their time to supporting others in their community. The festive period can be a very difficult time for many people, particularly those in later life, who for whatever reason find themselves alone this Christmas. We believe more can be done in the community to help combat loneliness and isolation amongst older people, not just at Christmas, but all year round.

– Catherine Johnstone CBE, chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service