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These range from one off volunteering days to weekly commitments - there is something for everyone, no matter how busy you are! Scroll through and when you see something you like press the green the button beneath the opportunity to apply (if you are not logged in to SUBU or registered as a volunteer the button will read 'you need to be logged in and registered' and will take you to the appropriate places to do so).

The Student Opportunities Team are here to help.  Lots of charities and not-for-profit organisations have been adding their opportunities to this page - just take a look below.  We are looking forward to helping our new and returning students to find some great volunteering projects to tuck in to for 2020/21.

VOLUNTEERING DURING COVID TIMES

Since March 2020, we've all learned that things can change very rapidly whilst we all try to keep safe and help reduce the infection rate of Covid-19.  If you choose to do volunteering, we recommend that you do so by following best practice and guidance, which can be found on the Gov.UK webpage here. Due to the current lockdown, some of the roles below may not be available until the lockdown is lifted.  Please bear with our charity partners while they re-arrange their organisations to adapt to the continual and rapid changes in guidance.

If you are staying at home a lot more these days, 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

    Events and Fundraising Volunteer

    Dorset Mind

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Aug 2021 and 31 Oct 2021.

    To let people know about the work of Dorset Mind across Dorset (including: support services, training, education, partnership and volunteering opportunities). In addition, this will include signposting people towards appropriate help where required.

    • Support the mission of Dorset Mind by:
      • Raising awareness within general and specific communities about mental ill health. Educating people about symptoms – what they are, what to expect and how to spot them.  We also help people about what they can do when they experience symptoms or know someone who does.
      • Challenging the stigma and inequality of mental ill health so that neither stigma nor inequality prevent people receiving information and support they need.
      • Promoting the ethos of recovery from mental ill health by educating people about recovery
    • Work as part of the Events team to promote the work and profile of Dorset Mind.
    • Talk knowledgeably about Dorset Mind and mental health to anyone visiting our stand at various events.
    • Confidently signpost people to appropriate help.
    • Distribute information leaflets when needed.

    • Activity AreaCampaigning, Children and Young People, Events and Festivals, Fundraising, Marketing, Mental Health, People, Social Media and Communications, Sport and Coaching, Virtual Volunteering, Wellbeing, Advice/ Support
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Empathy, Marketing, Media and Communications, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Interpersonal, Networking, Pitching/ Presenting
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Teamwork
    • Communication
    • Community Action
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Relationship Building
    • Leadership
  • Highcliffe Castle logo

    Volunteer Shop and Admissions

    Highcliffe Castle

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 14 Nov.

    Our Shop and Admissions Volunteers always have a smile on their face and have customers' needs at the heart of everything they do.

    As the first point of contact for visitors coming into the Castle, you’ll give each visitor a warm and friendly welcome, as well as let them know how to make the most out of their visit.

    Shop and Admissions Volunteers are multi-tasking superstars who can brighten up even the rainiest day!

    Most of our shifts are split into half days but you can do a full day if you prefer.

    Morning shift - 10:00 - 13:00

    Afternoon shift 13:00 - 16:00

    (Shift times can change during winter months due to the clocks changing)

    Skills and Qualification Required

    • Friendly out-going nature

    • Competent in using digital tills (training and support will be provided)

    • Good communication skills

    Induction, Training and Support Provided

    • A full site induction and training will be provided

    • Additional training in other areas of interest in the Castle

    • Ongoing training for all volunteers as required

    Dress code

    Smart casual (no jeans, clothing with bold sloguns or trainers please)

    • Activity AreaArts and Culture, People
    • Employability Skills within ActivityCollaboration, Communication, Decision Making, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal, Problem Solving
    • Timekeeping
    • Relationship Building
    • Teamwork
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal
  • Highcliffe Castle logo

    Volunteer Room Guide

    Highcliffe Castle

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 14 Nov.

    As a room guide, you don't need to be a history buff, but you will be engaging so that you can talk to and encourage our visitors to find out more about the Castle’s history.

    A diverse role, you’ll be chatting to visitors about the Castle, helping families complete their quizzes as well as keeping an eye on our displays and exhibitions.ping families complete their quizzes as well as keeping an eye on our displays and exhibitions.

    Most of our shifts are split into half days but you can do a full day if you prefer.

    Morning shift - 10:00 -13:oo

    Afternoon shift 1300 -16:00

    (Shift times can change during winter months due to the clocks changing)

    Skills and Qualification Required

    • Friendly out-going nature

    • Good communication skills

    • Interest in history

    Induction, Training and Support Provided

    • A full site induction and training will be provided

    • Additional training in other areas of interest in the Castle

    • Ongoing training for all volunteers as required

     

    Dress code

    Smart casual (no jeans or trainers please)

    • Activity AreaArts and Culture
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGender Equality
    • Employability Skills within ActivityCommunication, Decision Making, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal, Self Management
    • Teamwork
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Communication
    • Relationship Building
  • Save Swanage Ambulance Car- Campaign Group logo

    Volunteer Social Media Manager

    Save Swanage Ambulance Car- Campaign Group

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 31 Aug.

    We are a small campaign group in Swanage, Dorset trying to prevent removal of our Swanage ambulance car, supported by the local town council. We would like help with our Facebook and Instagram social media pages and to set up a twitter account.

    We meet every Tuesday via zoom to plan our actions, so far we are running 3 petitions to Dorst Clinical Commissioning Group, Dorset Council and Richard Drax, MP. This is a hugely important campaign. The loss of the Swanage Ambulance Car would mean loss of life. A student with an interest and expertese in social media management could really help us progress with our campiagn. 

    https://saveswanageambulancecar.org/

    • Activity AreaCampaigning, Fundraising, Health and Social Care, IT and Digital, Marketing, Science/Research, Social Media and Communications, Virtual Volunteering, Wellbeing
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Business and Management, Creativity and Design, Marketing, Media and Communications, Communication, Prioritisation, Self Management
    • FacultyHealth & Social Sciences, Media & Communication
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Communication
    • Community Action
    • Digital Skills
    • Interpersonal
  • Citizens Advice Bournemouth and Poole logo

    Trustee

    Citizens Advice Bournemouth and Poole

    This opportunity takes place between 26 Jul 2021 and 09 Jan 2022.

    We’re looking for students that have completed their 1st year of studies to get involved in leading our charity and to help us develop our advice services for people in our communities who need them and to secure the vital resources we need to go forward.

    Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole is governed and managed locally but with the benefit of being part of a large and influential national organisation.

    We offer a full induction and training, You’ll need to be available 2-3 meetings once a quarter (normally held in the afternoons .) This is a volunteer role but all reasonable expenses are reimbursed. The role will provide you with a great deal of experience and satisfaction, and the opportunity to develop your skills and utilise your expertise and knowledge.

    People from all backgrounds are welcome and we aspire to have a diverse trustee board that reflects our clients and communities. We particularly welcome applications from those that are interested in Governance, Campaigning and Corporate Social Responsibility.

    You do not need experience of working or volunteering with Citizens Advice service. We are looking for people with a wide variety of skills and a diversity of experiences.

    If you’re looking for a rewarding and challenging volunteer role please do contact us for an informal chat about the role.

    • Activity AreaBusiness and Management, Campaigning, Fundraising, Human and Civil Rights, IT and Digital, Law and Legal, Leadership, Marketing, People, Wellbeing, Advice/ Support, Committee/ Trustee
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Business and Management, Empathy, Information Technology, Leadership, Legal, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Innovation, Interpersonal, Networking, Prioritisation, Problem Solving, Risk Management, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Leadership
    • Relationship Building
    • Community Action
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
  • Volunteer Centre Dorset logo

    Summer in Dorset Activity Volunteer

    Volunteer Centre Dorset

    This opportunity takes place between 26 Jul 2021 and 27 Aug 2021.

    With the summer holidays approaching, Volunteer Centre Dorset is working with Dorset Council on the Summer in Dorset programme. Summer in Dorset will be bringing high quality, accessible and affordable holiday activities to families in DorsetWe are looking for volunteers to help, if you like working with children and younger people or are considering a career working with them and want to get some experience, or if you have experience or would like to get experience working in the food sector, then we need you. Tasks include supporting group activities, helping with lunches, preparing lunches and assisting in the collection and delivery of lunches to the activities. Depending on which role is of interest, volunteers may need to undertake a short online course, a great chance to learn a new skill!

    • Activity AreaChildren and Young People, Health and Social Care, People, Physical Activity
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Employability Skills within ActivityEmpathy, Communication, Interpersonal, Problem Solving
    • Relationship Building
    • Community Action
    • Teamwork
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
  • Arts by the Sea - BCP Council logo

    Arts by the Sea Technical Volunteer

    Arts by the Sea - BCP Council

    This opportunity takes place between 26 Sep 2021 and 10 Oct 2021. Closing date for applications is 10 Sep.

    • To assist with the build and take down of ‘The Great Indecision Council’ an installation at Sandbanks beach• This will involve digging, lifting pieces of the installation, loading and walking• To work direct with the artist and his team• To volunteer on 26th to 30th September and 9th & 10th October

    • Need to be able to comit to working on 26th to 30th September and 9th to 10th October 
    • Over 18
    • A genuine desire to help the Arts by the Sea Festival reach its goals.
    • Able to make your own travel arrangements to attend your volunteering opportunity (travel passes may be available).  
    • Listen to and follow instructions from the artist and staff within the remit
    •  of the volunteer role.
    • Do your best to be reliable in regards to your hours and give us as much  notice as possible if you cannot attend.
    • Act and represent the Council in a suitable manner when wearing the Arts  by the Sea festival uniform.
    • Agree to work within BCP Council’s values, policies and procedures, as outlined in our Volunteer Policy.
    • You will be covered by BCP Council’s insurance while in this role and when on site at the Arts by the Sea festival.
    • You may be asked to wear uniform if working on site during the festival.

    • Activity AreaArts and Culture, Business and Management, Children and Young People, Creative and Design, Events and Festivals, People, Social Media and Communications, Technology/Engineering, Wellbeing, Outdoor Activities
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Business and Management, Creativity and Design, Marketing, Media and Communications, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Innovation, Interpersonal, Networking, Prioritisation, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsDecent Work and Economic Growth, Good Health and Well-being, Industry Innovation & Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Timekeeping
    • Interpersonal
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
  • Arts by the Sea - BCP Council logo

    Social Media Assistant - Arts by the Sea

    Arts by the Sea - BCP Council

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2021 and 03 Oct 2021. Closing date for applications is 17 Sep.

    Assist the Marketing Team by using own creative flair and technical skills to capture content throughout the running of the festival and behind the scenes. Content to cpture includes a variety of images of the artists involved, installations, performances, landscapes and general public that can be used for future marketing of ABTS across all media platforms. You will be working closely with artists and members of the public so will be an advocate, promoting the festival through the collation of material to be used as marketing material for future years.

    • Work with, gain knowledge and expertise from, and assist the marketing team in ensuring that valuable content is collected of all performances and installations included in the programme and of the audience experiencing it.
    • Gain knowledge and experience from the Marketing Team in relation to the logistical aspects of adding live updates to social channels and scheduling posts to maximise the exposure of the festival and its programme.
    • Promote the festival encouraging people to attend and encourage ateendees to upload images and videos on their socilas and tage the festival. Gain an understanding of festival objectives in relation to media collection.
    • Over 18
    • Knowledge and experience of using marketing tools on social channels.(Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).
    • Have your own mobile phone or camera to record content.
    • A genuine desire to help the Arts by the Sea Festival reach its goals.
    • Able to make your own travel arrangements to attend your volunteering opportunity (travel passes may be available).
    • Listen to and follow instructions from staff.
    • Do your best to be reliable in regards to your hours and give us as much notice as possible if you cannot attend.
    • Act and represent the Council in a suitable manner when wearing the Arts by the Sea festival uniform.
    • Agree to work within BCP Council’s values, policies and procedures, as outlined in our Volunteer Policy.
    • Based on site during the festival at various locations.
    • Briefing held in September. Shifts to be advised, subject to change and flexible depending on your requirements.
    • You and your volunteer coordinator will discuss what reasonable expenses you can apply for.
    • You will be covered by BCP Council’s insurance while in this role and when on site at the Arts by the Sea festival.
    • You may be asked to wear uniform if working on site during the festival.

    • Activity AreaArts and Culture, Business and Management, Campaigning, Conservation, Creative and Design, Events and Festivals, Marketing, People, Social Media and Communications, Sustainability, Wellbeing, Outdoor Activities
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Business and Management, Creativity and Design, Marketing, Media and Communications, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Decision Making, Innovation, Interpersonal, Networking, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsClimate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Good Health and Well-being, Industry Innovation & Infrastructure, Responsible Consumption & Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Digital Skills
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Timekeeping
  • Arts by the Sea - BCP Council logo

    Festival Photographer - Arts by the Sea

    Arts by the Sea - BCP Council

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2021 and 03 Oct 2021. Closing date for applications is 17 Sep.

    Assist the Marketing Team by using own creative flair and technical skills to capture photographs throughout the running of the festival and behind the scenes. Shots to includes a variety of images of the artists involved, installations, performances, landscapes and general public that can be used for future marketing of ABTS across all media platforms. You will be working closely with artists and members of the public so will be an advocate, promoting the festival through the collation of material to be used as marketing material for future years.

    ·       Work with, gain knowledge and expertise from, and assist the marketing team in ensuring that photography is taken of all performances and installations included in the programme and of the audience experiencing it.

    ·       Gain knowledge and experience from the Marketing Team in relation to the logistical aspects of collecting clean, clear and effective shots of performances and the audience.

    ·       Promote the festival encouraging people to attend and be photographed. Gain an understanding of festival objectives in relation to media  collection.

    • Over 18
    • Knowledge and experience of using a professional camera
    • Knowledge and basic understanding of photoshop
    • A genuine desire to help the Arts by the Sea Festival reach its goals.
    • Able to make your own travel arrangements to attend your volunteering opportunity (travel passes may be available).
    • Listen to and follow instructions from staff.
    • Do your best to be reliable in regards to your hours and give us as much notice as possible if you cannot attend.
    • Act and represent the Council in a suitable manner when wearing the Arts by the Sea festival uniform.
    • Agree to work within Bournemouth Borough Council’s values, policies and procedures, as outlined in our Volunteer Policy.
    • Based on site during the festival at various locations.
    • Briefing held in September. Shifts to be advised, subject to change and flexible depending on your requirements.
    • You and your volunteer coordinator will discuss what reasonable expenses you can apply for.
    • You will be covered by Bournemouth Borough Council’s insurance while in this role and when on site at the Arts by the Sea festival.
    • You may be asked to wear uniform if working on site during the festival.

    • Activity AreaArts and Culture, Creative and Design, Events and Festivals, Film and Technology, Marketing, People, Social Media and Communications, Outdoor Activities
    • Employability Skills within ActivityCreativity and Design, Marketing, Media and Communications, Collaboration, Communication, Innovation, Interpersonal, Networking, Prioritisation, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsDecent Work and Economic Growth, Good Health and Well-being, Industry Innovation & Infrastructure, Responsible Consumption & Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Teamwork
    • Communication
    • Timekeeping
    • Interpersonal
  • Arts by the Sea - BCP Council logo

    Arts by the Sea Senior Volunteer

    Arts by the Sea - BCP Council

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2021 and 03 Oct 2021. Closing date for applications is 17 Sep.

    • To guide & support new volunteers. • To assist the festival team working with artists stewarding performances,ensuring the Festival runs smoothly with public safety in mind.• To promote the festival by providing information to the public about locations, performance times and encourage completion of the audience questionnaire.• To steward the main festival information point and allocate tasks to volunteers.

    • Steward the main festival information point, ensuring the necessary information is available, signing in volunteers, signing out uniform,  allocating tasks, ensuring volunteers take breaks and have refreshments.
    • Helping to ensure the festival runs smoothly, performances & workshops run on time & audience have a safe and enjoyable experience.
    • Promote the festival and encourage people to attend.
    • Gain an understanding of festival objectives in relation to data collection.
    • Encourage completion of the festival survey to collect vital data to be used for evaluation & reporting & to assist in hitting targets in relation to funding objectives.
    • If required, be stationed at information points, assist the Events team with stewarding performances or ticket collection.
    • Based on site during the festival.
    • To volunteer for a minimum of a four hour shift over: Friday 1st October from 4.00pm to 11.00pm, Saturday 2nd from 11.30am am to 11.00pm, Sunday 3rd September from 11:30am to 10:00pm.
    • You & your volunteer coordinator will discuss what reasonable expenses you can apply for.
    • You will be covered by BCP Council’s insurance while in this role & when on site at the Arts by the Sea festival.
    • You may be asked to wear uniform if working on site during the festival.
    • Experience of supervising or managing staff or volunteers and be over 18.
    • Good communication and organisational skills.
    • A genuine desire to help the Arts by the Sea Festival reach its goals.
    • Able to make your own travel arrangements to attend your volunteering opportunity (travel passes may be available).  
    • Listen to and follow instructions from staff within the remit of the volunteer role.
    • Do your best to be reliable in regards to your hours and give us as much notice as possibleif you cannot attend.
    • Act and represent the Council in a suitable manner when wearing the Arts by the Seafestival uniform.
    • Agree to work within BCP Council’s values, policies and procedures, as outlined in our Volunteer Policy.

    • Activity AreaArts and Culture, Creative and Design, Events and Festivals, Leadership, People, Outdoor Activities
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Business and Management, Creativity and Design, Leadership, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Decision Making, Interpersonal, Prioritisation, Problem Solving, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsDecent Work and Economic Growth, Good Health and Well-being, Industry Innovation & Infrastructure, Responsible Consumption & Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Teamwork
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • Community Action
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