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Now more than ever our local community, charities and organisations need the support of volunteers. We recognise that you may not have the time to volunteer in person, or would rather do some volunteering that can be done from the comfort of your own home. If so, Virtual Volunteering could be for you!


Virtual volunteering has many benefits - If you are looking for something worthwhile to do whilst also building transferable skills such as data analysis, helping others, or taking part in research then virtual volunteering is definitely worth considering.

You can give as much or as little time as you want! Read below to find out how to Virtually Volunteer, whilst still making a difference around the world.  Please check that you are happy with any terms and conditions if you are asked to sign up in order to take part in any Virtual Volunteering.


Click Here to search for Virtual Volunteering Roles on our Volunteering Hub

From time to time we have viritual volunteering roles on our Community Volunteering hub such as telephone befrienders, SEO volunteers, design etc.   If you wish to apply just click on the button so that your details can be passed to the charity/to receive more information.  You will be asked to Register as a Volunteer if you have not already done  - this will only take a minute!


More Virtual Volunteering Below......


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About Criminal Characters

Crime has been central in shaping the history and society of Australia. This project will make a significant contribution to family, local, social and criminal justice history by revealing untold stories about the lives of people who committed crimes in Australia across time. It aims to discover new perspectives on the types of factors that led to individuals ending up in the prison system. In particular, it is hoped that the research will challenge existing ideas about what the label of 'criminal' has historically meant by revealing the diverse nature of the people who spent time in prison.

Please visit Criminal Characters  on the website.


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Big-Bee Bonanza!

With your help, Big-Bee will overcome data limitations for understanding bee biodiversity and decline. Specimen labels provide information about when and where bees occur and the measurements give bee researchers an indication of bee body size. Combining this information with other bee trait data we can discover how bees are responding to anthropogenic change and other interesting life history stories. Find out more about our research at and through our poster introducing the project. Learn more here.


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Eyes on Eyes - Help Improve how we monitor children with a blinding eye disorder!

Childhood uveitis is a blinding inflammatory eye disease, and we need to get better at detecting and monitoring it. The key uveitis assessment is a specialist looking inside an eye using a microscope to judge how many inflammatory cells they can see. We need to build up a bank of images that have been analysed and labelled by humans- like you! These images are taken from children and young people - they have given permission for their images to be used in this project, and are all really excited that this study is underway. We are a small team, but with your help, we can start to develop the information we need to apply this exciting new technology to children in need.  Learn more here.


NestCams Video Monitoring


NestCams is a project of the Konrad Lorenz Research Center located in Grünau in the Almtal in Upper Austria.

Video monitoring of nests is part of a broader project into the breeding performance of two avian model species, the greylag goose that forms long-term monogamous pairs and the northern bald ibis that is seasonally monogamous. 

The aim is to discover which behavioural patterns contribute to reproductive success. For this purpose, they equipped a number of breeding facilities with video-cameras that record the behaviour of the breeding birds. In geese, the breeding huts are located on water; in ibis the camera is installed in nest-niches in an open-air aviary.  Help code the video material collected in spring 2018 and 2019!

Welcome to AXS Map,

a tool designed to help us map inclusion in communities and find more places for more people.  Make your neighbourhood more accessible by ranking shops and restaurants for their disabled-friendly credentials. Enter your postcode on the AXS Map website to bring up a map and list of businesses. You can then rate these using a star system and also leave reviews.



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Whale and Dolphin Chat Projects

This project aims to investigate humpback and dolphin songs from different years and regions, to identify sounds in recordings, to classify these calls or units, and eventually to see if we can find individually distinct calls or units. This information will be used to train deep learning models that will be able to identify humpback whale and dolphin sounds in recordings, to classify calls, and to search for underlying structure, hopefully allowing better understanding of the song’s function. If it is possible to identify individually distinct calls, then this information could be used to get valuable information about  populations and their health. Learn more here to listed to Whales or Dolphins.

TED: Ideas worth spreading

TED Talk Translation

TED Translators are a global community of volunteers who subtitle TED Talks, and enable the inspiring ideas in them to crisscross languages and borders.TED Translators and transcribers help spread ideas to a global audience. Click here to find out how to get started.



NHS Volunteer Responders

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this the NHS needs an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Their doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.

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Crisis Volunteer For Shout. The UK's 1st 24/7 Crisis Text Line

This is a completely new type of volunteering. We’re giving you the chance to have an impact on people’s lives and make a difference by resolving crises. Learn communication, problem solving and crisis management skills – recognised by employers, unis and colleges as essential skills. Enjoy being part of a pioneering team. Volunteer the way you want – at home in your p.j’s, in the office or with a group of friends. Access ongoing professional development with a dedicated Coach. Find out more here and to apply.


Prince's Trust


Online Mentor

The Prince's Trust has an active online community of volunteers who use a flexible online platform to mentor young people and help them to get ahead in life.  They are looking for online volunteers to support a young person online who is looking for work or starting their own business, to empower mentees to take control of their learning and set their own goals.  You will need to be flexible in terms of the time you can provide, but will need to talk with your mentee on a weekly basis, offering vital feedback and encouragement.  You will get the necessary training to prepare you to take on a mentee, and an opportunity to make a real difference to a young person.  For full details, click here.




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The Maturity of Baby Sounds

Did you know that, well before saying real words, children produce very different sounds with their mouths? Already at birth, they cry and cry. We all know these sounds! A little later, they also begin to babble - that is, produce sounds closer to those of adult speech. These are the ones that interest us the most.

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, in combination with others, needs your help to classify some very short recordings of babies’ speech sounds to help better understand the very first stages of language learning!

They ask you to label those very short clips as being one “type” of sound. Baby sounds include crying, babbling, and laughing. This is to see how children’ sounds change as they get older. You can listen to each clip as many times as you would like before making a decision.

Please go here for more information, and to take part if you would like. 




Sighted Volunteer

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.  






Volunteer Chimp Observer

Chimp and See - The Pan African Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee (PanAf), based out of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany aims to understand the ecological and evolutionary parameters that have contributed to the behavioral and cultural diversity in chimpanzees. For this project, they have collected nearly 7,000 hours of footage, reflecting various chimpanzee habitats, from camera traps in 15 countries across Africa. By scanning the videos from these traps and identifying the types of species and activity that you see, you’ll help them to understand the lives of these apes—their behaviours, relationships, and environments—and to extrapolate new ideas about human origins. You can help with this project via Zooniverse.



Put the Vulnerable on the Map

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help Put the World’s Vulnerable People on the Map  by mapping areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.




Track Floating Forests

Welcome to Floating Forests, where you can help us uncover the history of Giant Kelp forests around the globe. Most life on the seafloor can only be sampled by SCUBA divers or dredging up samples from the deep. This kind of data requires a ton of (really fun) effort to collect, but it means we’re limited to places we can get to! Given the worldwide distribution of kelp, we need your help to track it across time and space.



Campaign for Better Chicken

One billion chickens are slaughtered for meat in the UK each year and The RSPCA and other groups across Europe are urging food businesses to implement a new set of standards.  Get your supermarket to sign up to  - The Better chicken Commitment.  


Don’t forget to log any volunteering here and you can download a record of your hours and skills at any time.