Image description


Student page

Volunteering is a great way to enhance your time at university, gain new skills, ‌and get involved in the community

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is when you spend unpaid time doing something with the aim of helping individuals or groups who are not related to you, or to benefit the environment. It must be your choice to volunteer and the role you do must be flexible in nature.

Why should I volunteer?

Whatever your initial motivation, you can be sure to achieve all of the following:

  • Make a difference to the lives of others or to the environment
  • Develop confidence and skills and gain practical experience.
  • Contribute to the local community

What type of volunteering roles are there?

You could do anything from assisting in a one-off event to building a charity’s website, providing support to vulnerable members of the community to gardening and managing an organisations’ social media to helping a school-child to read. There will be a volunteering opportunity suitable for your time commitments, your skills and your interests.

Can I get recognised for my Volunteering?

Yes, you can! Community Volunteer is now a recognised activity on the HEAR.

Volunteering also counts towards the 40 co-curricular hours on the Gold Award.

Finding Opportunities

  • Search for volunteering opportunities on CareerSPACE.
  • Come and talk to Sarah Hiscock about finding volunteering opportunities at a volunteering drop-in, Mon-Fri 11am-1pm, in the SPACE RHB180/181.
  • Email us volunteering ( or Sarah at s.hiscock ( 
Was this page helpful?