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*** UPDATE *** 4th May 2020

The Student Opportunities Team are working hard to keep the volunteering hub up to date with a variety of virtual volunteering opportunities. We know there are lots of students who will be missing the opportunity to volunteer so you can still apply for these in the usual way and make the most of your time by still supporting local charities and the community from the comfort of your own home.

We will continue to update the volunteer hub with new guidance from the Government but please contact subuvolunteering@bournemouth.ac.uk if you have any questions or require any further support during these unprecedented times.

***IMPORTANT UPDATE*** 24th March 2020

Due to new guidance from the UK Government regarding the corona virus, many volunteering opportunities that do not comply with the government stay at home guidance have had to be removed from our hub.  If you have applied to volunteer, we recommend that you contact the charity to check whether opportunities are still going ahead, and check that you comply with current government guidance on staying at home and away from others. 

There are many vulnerable people who need extra help and support right now so it is reassuring to know that many people are rising to the challenge to support their communities, but it is important that those who volunteer follow good practice to ensure the safety of both themselves and those who they are assisting. With this in mind Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils are providing advice and resources to support and co-ordinate the volunteer community response; please follow this link to access the guidance for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Area
 

While you are staying at home, we have also listed some additional Virtual Volunteering opportunities, which you can find on our hub here as well as highlighting roles that can be undertaken remotely below. 

 

 

 

 

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  • Dorset Mind logo

    Male Adult Telephone Befriender

    Dorset Mind

    This opportunity takes place between 11 Jun 2020 and 11 Sep 2020.

    The main purpose of this role is to become part a successful team of volunteers who befriend individuals who are experiencing mental health problems with a view to: - Create a valued relationship - Help to improve self-confidence - Reduce social isolation by providing telephone contact and support - Identify goals based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, and working on these with clients

    Virtual Volunteering

    • Areas of InterestMental Health, People, Virtual Volunteering, Wellbeing
    • Activities I Like To DoAdvice and Support, Buddying, Counselling, Mentoring, General Help, Virtual Volunteering
    • Interpersonal
    • Communication
    • Community Action
  • KEEN UK logo

    #ShareOneWorld Pledge-Maker - Become a Champion for Inclusion!

    KEEN UK

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    KEEN is looking for its first cohort of #ShareOneWorld pledge makers to be the pioneers of our movement for inclusion. Take the #ShareOneWorld pledge, where you choose to understand, respect and help people of all abilities and differences around you. Then, start a project that promotes inclusion either in your local community or across the country!

    Virtual Volunteering#ShareOneWorld projects can take shape in many forms - run a school campaign to raise awareness about disability, teach tech companies about more inclusive practices, the possibilities are endless!

    You can find more ideas here: https://www.keenuk.org/pledgemaker-community

    This will be a meaningful experience that spans beyond traditional volunteering - not only are you representing an important movement, but you are also expanding your own skillset through forging a personal project that will surely become an unforgettable memory. 

    Our end-of-year awards ceremony will honour your efforts in making our society a more inclusive place, with prizes awarded to "Champions for Inclusion"  who have completed projects that stood out of the crowd. 

    These are the steps you will take to become a #ShareOneWorld pledgemaker:


    Step 1: Take the #ShareOneWorld pledge here : https://www.keenuk.org/sow . We will then send you an email containing all the information you would need about joining the #ShareOneWorld community and starting your own project.

    Step 2: Launch your project to promote inclusion!  Keep us updated with the progress of your project with #ShareOneWorld and, if you'd like to, be featured in our Instagram @loveinclusion ! 

    Step 3: Join our award ceremony at the end of the year where we will acknowledge the great work of our pledge makers. For those with the most impressive projects, certificates and prizes will be awarded, including a £500 grant to maintain their project. 

    Step 4: Your journey doesn't end here! Continue to spread the message about #ShareOneWorld and become an ambassador of our movement.

    • Areas of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Campaigning and Fundraising, Children and Young People, Creative and Design, Disability, Health and Social Care, IT and Digital, Media and Marketing, Mental Health, People, Sports and Coaching, Teaching and Mentoring, Virtual Volunteering
    • Activities I Like To DoAdvice and Support, Buddying, Counselling, Mentoring, Campaigning and Fundraising, General Help, Information Technology, Marketing, Media and Communications, Raising Aspirations, Research Project, Sports and Coaching, Teaching and Training, Virtual Volunteering
    • Community Action
    • Interpersonal
    • Leadership
  • KEEN UK logo

    Remote Volunteers - Graphic Designers and Web Developers Needed

    KEEN UK

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    KEEN’s movement for inclusion is expanding and recruiting! We need new volunteer team members with energy, integrity, and creativity - who also want to have fun within a friendly and inclusive team. We are looking for individuals to help with graphic design and web and tech development. You will be an integral part of the backstage and management team of our movement, and facilitate the smooth functioning of our everyday operations. We need you to make sure that our movement makes the greatest impact possible during this time of change, where we want to make sure inclusion is put at the forefront of new policies after the pandemic. If you have any skills related to these areas, please contact us.

    Virtual Volunteering

    These are the specific duties you can take on as a volunteer:

    Graphic Designers:
    - Create unique posters and content for our social media posts
    - Design information packs for volunteers and participants
    - Design our weekly newsletter
    - Help make our website more "easy-read"

    Web/Tech Developers:
    - Help improve the navigation and smoothness our website
    - #ShareOneWorld App - for those familiar with app development, we are looking for someone to lead this ambitious project!
    - Advisors for volunteers in our #CodeforInclusion project
    - Help with our online operations and weekly sessions on zoom

    • Areas of InterestArts and Culture, Creative and Design, Data Analysis, Disability, IT and Digital, Social Media, Virtual Volunteering
    • Activities I Like To DoArts and Music, Information Technology, Raising Aspirations, Virtual Volunteering
    • Leadership
    • Interpersonal
  • KEEN UK logo

    Remote Volunteers- connect with disabled people through technology

    KEEN UK

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Our #CodedforInclusion campaign is looking for young people with a passion for technology to design technology that is more inclusive, promotes inclusion, and influences the tech industry to introduce more inclusive practices. Sign up to either start your own project or become a participant’s mentor. You will guide our participants to learn technical skills and interact with technology through outlets from gaming together to starting a miniature coding project, and most importantly have fun through technology. Take this chance to create a real connection with those you are helping while expanding your own skillset. This opportunity would be a fantastic CV boost, and with an international team working together remotely, there are also opportunities for international cooperation. We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

    Virtual Volunteering

    Time Commitment: We only ask for a couple of hours a week. And, if you lead five or more sessions or finish a project, you will receive a CIF badge to commend your efforts for participating in the campaign.

    Duties:
    There are many ways a volunteer can make an impact in #CodeforInclusion, here are a few ideas:
    - Become a mentor. Pair up with one of our participants and have weekly sessions together. Play Minecraft, start a mini-coding project, build a website together… the possibilities are endless!
    -Start your own tech project to increase inclusion. This might be creating an app, or designing an interactive information leaflet on disability and accessibility.
    -Work with tech companies and help them become more inclusive.
    - Help the KEEN UK team! We are by no means all tech experts, and would love help from avid techies. Many opportunities are available, from website development to designing apps for current and future campaigns.

    Training:
    We will have a zoom meeting to talk through your ideas, what roles we can provide you and more about the campaign in general. Before being paired with a participant, you will also receive an information pack about them to get to know them a bit better. The first few mentoring sessions will occur with a KEEN Staff member in place, both to provide guidance and to protect the health and safety of both parties. 

    • Areas of InterestChildren and Young People, Data Analysis, Disability, IT and Digital, Teaching and Mentoring, Virtual Volunteering
    • Activities I Like To DoAnalyse Data, General Help, Information Technology, Raising Aspirations, Research Project, Teaching and Training, Virtual Volunteering
    • Community Action
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal
    • Leadership
  • SUBU Volunteering logo

    TED Talk Translation

    SUBU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    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.

    • Areas of InterestData Analysis, Film and Technology, IT and Digital, Media and Marketing, Virtual Volunteering
    • Activities I Like To DoAnalyse Data, General Help, Information Technology, Marketing, Media and Communications, Research Project
    • Communication
  • SUBU Volunteering logo

    Community Action Network

    SUBU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Would you like to offer to help during the Coronavirus Crisis? Community Action Network are coordinating support for anyone that wishes to offer their help locally. We’re very busy working with colleagues across the voluntary sector, along with BCP Council, Public Health and the NHS so we can have a coordinated approach. To put yourself forward to volunteer please register here and we’ll be in touch in the next 5 working days.

    BU is a member of BCP Council’s scheme that supports those looking to help in the local community. Called Together We Can, the website is a useful resource for staff & students who are looking to lend a hand during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    • Areas of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Elderly Care, Health and Social Care, People, Virtual Volunteering, Wellbeing
    • Activities I Like To DoAdvice and Support, Caring, General Help, Virtual Volunteering
    • Community Action
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal
  • SUBU Volunteering logo

    Zooniverse Research Projects

    SUBU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    You don’t need any specialised background, training, or expertise to participate in any Zooniverse projects. We make it easy for anyone to contribute to real academic research, on their own computer, at their own convenience. You’ll be able to study authentic objects of interest gathered by researchers, like images of faraway galaxies, historical records and diaries, or videos of animals in their natural habitats. By answering simple questions about them, you’ll help contribute to our understanding of our world, our history, our Universe, and more.

    The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community. 

    • Areas of InterestAnalytics, Data Analysis, Education, Environmental and Conservation, IT and Digital
    • Activities I Like To DoAnalyse Data, Gardening and Conservation, Research Project, Virtual Volunteering
  • Healthwatch Dorset logo

    Online Feedback Collectors WANTED!

    Healthwatch Dorset

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Struggling with self-isolation? Do you feel like you still want to give back to your community, but you do not wish to leave your house?

    Healthwatch Dorset have created this new volunteering role in order to adapt to this period of isolation. We wish to keep all our volunteers safe and well, so how better to help than from within your own home! Our primary aim at Healthwatch Dorset is to collate feedback and look for trends in order to provide evidence for a change to happen within a service. We are looking for a team of 'feedback collectors' to gather people's views that have been left on the internet.

    Believe it or not you can review most health and social care services the same way you would review a restaurant or hotel, and there are many places where this data is published online. The internet is a wonderful place to find this information, but the data is vast and constantly updating. Google reviews, Facebook pages, Care Opinion and NHS Choices are all great places to find this feedback.

    There is no deadline for this new role, and there is no expectation, please complete as many feedback collections as you choose! The number of volunteers required is unlimited, this role is open to anyone and everyone, so please ignore the number given at the bottom.

    You will be provided with full guidance and a step-by-step walkthrough and a link to the online form where the feedback is to be submitted. Volunteer officer Holly is also on hand to provide all the support you may need via email or over the phone. This is a great opportunity to be productive and give purpose to part of your day, but also to improve your Microsoft and internet skills.

    • Areas of InterestData Analysis, Disability, Elderly Care, Health and Social Care, IT and Digital, Mental Health, Virtual Volunteering, Wellbeing
    • Activities I Like To DoAdministration, Advice and Support, Analyse Data, General Help, Information Technology, Research Project, Virtual Volunteering
    • Community Action
  • NHS Volunteer Responders logo

    Check-in and Chat volunteer

    NHS Volunteer Responders

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation due to Covid-19.

     

    Please visit the NHS website for further details on this and other roles for which volunteers are urgently required right now.

    • Areas of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Elderly Care, Health and Social Care, Mental Health, People, Social Media, Virtual Volunteering, Wellbeing
    • Activities I Like To DoBuddying, Counselling, Mentoring, Caring, General Help, Virtual Volunteering
    • Community Action
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal
  • Virtual Volunteering logo

    Virtual Volunteer to Classify Babies' Speech Sounds

    Virtual Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    The Max Planck Institute for Psycho-linguistics, 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!

    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.

    We need your help to classify some very short recordings of babies’ speech sounds: a lot can be learned about their language development from some of the very first sounds that they make! To study this, researchers from LSCP and the Max Planck Institute had children aged between 3 months and 4 years wear a recorder for many hours. They then automatically extracted some clips using a computational algorithm. Often, these clips represent the sounds the child made. Sometimes there may be other sounds that are not from the baby such as a parent or a television in the background. They now need your help to dig through the clips, from wherever you might be! 

    • Areas of InterestAnalytics, Children and Young People, Education, Health and Social Care, People, Virtual Volunteering
    • Activities I Like To DoAdvice and Support, Analyse Data, General Help, Information Technology, Languages, Virtual Volunteering
    • Interpersonal
    • Communication
    • Community Action
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