Volunteering Leadership Recruitment

We have recruited most of our Volunteer Leaders for 2017 - 2018 however, we are still looking for two or three Volunteer Leaders to run our Slades Farm Community Garden Project. (See details below.)  If you would like to know more about this project, please email subuvolunteering@bournemouth.ac.uk, or speak to Gillie or Hannah in the Community Team, Floor 2, Student Centre, Talbot Campus.

NOTE - If you would like to become a Volunteer Leader, but have an idea to set up a new project with a different charity or not-for-profit organisation than the ones listed above, please email subuvolunteering@bournemouth.ac.uk, or speak to the SUBU Community Team.




We have projects ranging from wildlife and environmental conservation, to working with the elderly and vulnerable groups to enrich their day-to-day life, as well as 5-Minute Volunteering activities you can get involved with.

Beach Champions

Bournemouth’s greatest asset is it beautiful sandy beaches.  Our Beach Champions volunteer to help keep the coasts clean through regular beach cleans to stop litter getting in to the sea and harming our environment.  Help the fight to keep our beaches litter free!!

Which beach would you prefer, a dirty beach filled with trash and dangerous obstacles, or a clean beach where you can play without worrying?  I would choose the latter, and that’s why I chose to volunteer with the Beach Champions.” – Steve Sim, Beach Champions Volunteer 2015 - 2016

Slades Farm Community Garden Project

At Slades Farm, just a short walk from Talbot Campus, volunteers muck in to help build and maintain a community garden.  Get involved with digging, planting, pruning, weeding and maintaining the frog pond while learning all about organic gardening, to make Slades Farm a nicer environment for everyone to enjoy.

Volunteering at Slades Farm throughout my 3 years at Bournemouth University provided me with an opportunity to meet other people as well as to create and maintain something special.  You can see the instantaneous changes that you make to the site meaning that the local community can see these changes too.  It’s amazing to return to Slades Farm and see how the garden has changed for the better over time and know that you were a part of that.” – Corina Lees, Volunteer 2013 - 2016

Conservation Rangers

If you love the great outdoors, or want to learn more about the beautiful Dorset countryside and how to look after it, then being a Conservation Ranger is for you.  With regular afternoon and weekend activities, you could well find yourself ‘pine-pulling’ on the RSPB nature reserve, helping members of the public learn more about the countryside at the Kingfisher Barn, or learning about hedge management in the countryside.

Alzheimer’s Society

Our two Alzheimer’s support projects are the Memory Café and Singing for the Brain.  At the Memory Café, student volunteers come and chat to people suffering from memory conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, enjoy a cuppa, and playing table top quizzes and games, or just being someone there to chat with to brighten their day.  At the Singing for the Brain project, volunteers join the community members as they sing songs which can aid the memory and improve their general wellbeing.  So if you want to put a smile on people’s faces, this project could be for you!!

Hope for Food

Hope for Food is a charity based on feeding the homeless, and helping out around 200 families in the local area, who are struggling with poverty.  Volunteers help out on a regularly weekly basis at the local ‘Soup Kitchen’ in central Bournemouth.  Students also donate their unwanted bedding at the end of the year such as duvets, pillows and sleeping bags.

Mural Painting

If you enjoy art and painting this is for you.  The Mural Painting Volunteers will design and paint murals for local schools and charities.  Last year, our Mural Painters painted some fantastic walls in the waiting room of the local charity Rape Crisis.

MAD Days

MAD stands for Make-A-Difference and does exactly what it says – getting a group of students together to make real change and improve people’s lives.  Examples of previous MAD Days are:-

  • Making Christmas decorations for a Residential Care Home
  • Urban Weekenders Conservation Project at Upton Heath
  • Litter Squad Community Litter Pick
  • Chocolate Sleigh Making for Trussell Trust Food Bank
  • Toiletry Bags for the Homeless – Hope for Food

“I was involved in several MAD Days because I wanted to help local community while strengthening my teamwork and communication skills.  It was a great experience and I learnt how big the impact we could make bye our small act of kindness, either towards other people or the environment.  For me, MAD Days is a brilliant platform for everyone to develop beneficial skills, which are essential for personal and professional development, and it feels good to help others!” – Yeyen Sinarta, MAD Days Volunteer





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