Get Involved This Christmas!

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You will know, if you are a regular reader of Small City, Big Personality, that PKAVS is our chosen charity and we do our best to spread the word about their amazing work throughout our local communities.

This year, like all years, PKAVS has been working hard to enhance lives and connect communities throughout Perth & Kinross. Every year, through support and working in partnership, they help over 5,000 local people including adults with mental ill health, young and adult unpaid carers and minority communities, to overcome personal barriers and achieve their goals in life.

Here's some of the great quotes from people who have been helped or supported and by those amazing folks out there who have given up their time to volunteer.

Holly in Young Carers Group

“If it wasn’t for the support provided by young carers we as a family would be very stuck, the support, advice, help, fortnightly groups, holiday trips and lifts to and from groups we would be lost and not function very well. All of this helps to maintain some balance in my children’s lives. This means that they are not just carers, they can have their childhood back.”

“Thank you for this wonderful lifeline.”

“I'm really happy that there is someone like Marlena and such organisation as PKAVS, because arriving here without a good command of English and without friends is really tough. Marlena helped me a lot with many enquiries I had and while attending appointments I also learned a lot about my rights and my responsibilities. Beside that it's a nice and friendly person always trying to help out quickly.”

“I think that I can move forward and I am not as scared about my future as in the beginning.”

“Now that I’ve had all of this benefit through PKAVS I’m not as frightened of the future.”

“From when I first started I feel more able to talk to people and have more confidence going to new places, I don’t know, I just feel happier in having a place to go to where I can just be me.”

Get Involved

This Christmas, they are asking for your help to support them in continuing the vital work they do supporting local people, right here, on your doorstep.

Four Easy Ideas to Help Raise Cash NOW!

  1. Text PKAV16 and your donation amount to 70070 e.g. PKAV16 £5.
  2. Donate online at the PKAVS Website
  3. Buy some unique pre loved Christmas gifts from PKAVS Pop Shop, 133 South Street Perth

You can also help raise funds by getting involved in one (or more) of their ’12 Dates’ this December. A little kindness can change so many lives.

12 DATES OF PKAVS Christmas

19th November

Christmas Light Switch On Street Collection

Head in to Perth City Centre and you may see some familiar characters wandering the streets waiting for Perth’s Christmas Lights to be turned on! If you do, remember to stop for a photograph and make a donation to PKAVS!


26th November

Countdown to Christmas

Brace your elves, Christmas is coming! A fun and festive day at The Walled Garden with stalls selling handmade wreaths, winter plants and hampers, live music, festive food and mulled wine, and garden and art workshops. Come along between 11am and 3pm to start off your Christmas celebrations!


29th November


Give back this Christmas. Text PKAV16 and your donation amount to 70070 then post a selfie online encouraging others to do the same.


1st December Onwards

Great Christmas Bake Off

Put on a baking challenge over the Christmas period and let a team of lucky judges decide who will be crowned the Great Christmas Bake Off Champion. Afterwards, sell the remaining cakes and donate the proceeds to PKAVS.

 PKAVS Baking

3rd December

Christmas Market & Craft Fair

Come along to the Salutation Hotel in Perth between 12pm and 4pm and visit PKAVS free festive market. Find unique Christmas gifts and take the little ones to visit Santa in his Grotto!


7th December

Big Christmas Quiz

Join us at the Salutation Hotel from 7.30pm and test your knowledge. Tickets are just £6 per person with teams of 5 people welcome.


9th December

Christmas Jumper Day

Get your school or work involved with a dress-down day and have everyone donate £1 to PKAVS. Share your photos with us on social media!

PKAVS Christmas Jumper


14th December

Onesie Wednesday

A twist on the classic ‘Wear Your Pyjamas to Work Day’. Have your school or work mates turn up in their warmest onesies and have everyone donate £1 to PKAVS. Remember to share your photos!


16th December

That’s a Wrap!

Come visit us in the St John’s Shopping Centre between 12pm and 4pm with your Christmas gifts and our team of experienced gift wrapping elves will beautifully adorn your presents for you!


17th December

Pre-loved Presents

Come along to PKAVS Pop Shop on South Street and explore the wonderful collection of pre-loved items for sale. While you are browsing enjoy a warm glass of non-alcoholic mulled wine and homemade mince pie! There will even be some hand crafted Christmas wreaths available to purchase!


19th December

Christmas Raffle

Make sure you have purchased your PKAVS Christmas raffle tickets as we will be drawing the winners on this date! Alternatively, why not host your own raffle in aid of PKAVS?


21st December

M&S Bag Back

Volunteer your time and join us at M&S Inveralmond, Perth for a very Christmassy bag pack. Even if you only have an hour to spare please do get involved and help us make the difference this Christmas.

To get involved in any of these fundraising dates please contact the team today on 01738 567076 or email

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