Companies encourage employees to volunteer for Christmas
23 December 2013 Last updated at 20:49 GMT
For a growing number of companies, volunteering has become the antidote to corporate excess and partying for Christmas.
London-based charity TimeBank, which organises these opportunities says it has seen an increased interest in their schemes.
BBC London's Helen Drew spoke with Peter Muffet, managing director of DTV Group, Kevin Jones from Tower Hamlets Homes and Helen Walker, chief executive of TimeBank.