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We work with a range of local and national charities, to help find students the right kind of volunteering opportunities, 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' for the role (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).

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 2023/2024.

SUBU carefully check all charities, organisations and projects on the SUBU Volunteering Hub, to ensure that they are registered UK charities or not for profits, and that the volunteering roles being offered to BU Students will help them to gain skills to enhance their CV and employabilitys skills.  Our intention is to ensure that BU students have an enjoyable and beneficial volunteering experience and to ensure that they are not misused for intensive or unpaid labour.

The Student Opportunities Team are here to help you find volunteering opportunities.  You can book an appointment with someone from the Student Opportunities Team, and have a chat, to learn more about how this volunteering hub works. You can book an appointment at a time that suits you.  You can request the appointment to be face to face, or on Teams or Zoom.

You can also take part in our Student Volunteering Survey 2023 - 2024.  The survey is open for the entire academic year, and we'd like to hear from you whether you have had the chance to do volunteering or not.  You also have the option to take place in a prize draw which takes place at the end of each term, and you could win £25 Bournemouth Town Centre Shopping Vouchers.  Click here to take part in the Student Volunteering Survey.

You can also record your volunteering hours and skills you gained, on your  SUBU Volunteering Hub profile.  You can then download digital certificates and copies of your volunteering record which will really help your CV stand out!

If you are participating in the BU Graduate Skills Programme, your volunteering will count towards this award too!!!

 

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  • Dorset Police logo

    Vehicle Cleaner - Bournemouth & Forcewide

    Dorset Police

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    This role will provide assistance to Officers by helping with the cleaning and checking of Police vehicles.The Police vehicles are to be cleaned to a high, professional standard, as the vehicles will be in the public eye.This will also allow the Officers to drive a hygienic vehicle, in order to gain the highest standards of safety for Officers and any prisoners who are to be escorted within that vehicle.

    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Employability Skills within ActivityOrganisation, Interpersonal, Networking
    • Activity AreaOutdoor Activities, Physical Activity
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Relationship Building
  • Dorset Police logo

    Vehicle Check Volunteer

    Dorset Police

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    We are seeking volunteers to help support our local Policing teams in looking after their fleet of marked and unmarked vehicles.This role involves performing basic vehicle checks, such as checking tyre pressures, fluid levels, ensuring all vehicle lights and sirens work. Ideally you will be happy to work outside, have a general interest in looking after vehicles and a desire to help your local Police service.

    Dorset Police have a large fleet of vehicles that all need regular weekly checks. It is important to keep all of the vehicles clean, fully equipped and well maintained, in order to keep officers and staff safe at all times.

    The Vehicle Check Volunteer will assist with looking after the fleet of both marked and unmarked police vehicles (including small vans and high-performance vehicles), to ensure that they are always safe to use.

    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Employability Skills within ActivityLeadership, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Decision Making, Interpersonal, Networking, Prioritisation, Problem Solving, Self Management
    • Activity AreaAdvice/ Support, Outdoor Activities
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Relationship Building
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • Community Action
    • Teamwork
  • Dorset Police logo

    Support Network Volunteer

    Dorset Police

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Dorset Police recognises the value and contribution of the Staff Support Networks that help us to create a fair and inclusive workplace, through support of staff in under-represented groups throughout the organisation.Staff support networks provide vital signposting, support and voices for our workforce and they act as a critical friend in relation to Force policies, procedures and processes. This role will provide support to that effort.

    • Activity AreaDisability, Leadership, Mental Health, Wellbeing, Advice/ Support, Communication/ Caring
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Empathy, Leadership, Organisation, Project Research, Collaboration, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal, Networking, Problem Solving, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Timekeeping
    • Interpersonal
    • Leadership
    • Relationship Building
    • Communication
    • Community Action
    • Teamwork
    • Digital Skills
  • Dorset Police logo

    Rural Mounted Volunteer

    Dorset Police

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    If you are an experienced horse rider and regularly hack out, then you can assist the local community by providing intelligence to prevent crime in your local area by volunteering as a Rural Mounted Volunteer with Dorset Police.This an exciting opportunity to support your local community and prevent rural and wildlife crime whilst enjoying your equine hobby. Training will be provided around how to gather intelligence, report crime and support the wider work of the Rural Crime Team.

    • Activity AreaEnvironmental and Conservation, Leadership, Wildlife, Outdoor Activities, Physical Activity
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Leadership, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal, Networking, Pitching/ Presenting, Prioritisation, Problem Solving, Risk Management, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Community Action
    • Communication
    • Digital Skills
    • Teamwork
    • Timekeeping
    • Interpersonal
    • Leadership
    • Relationship Building
  • Dorset Police logo

    Event Administration & Support Volunteer - Winfrith HQ

    Dorset Police

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    This role is to support Executive Team and assist in the administration, planning, organising and attendance of various Executive led events around the force and be able to drive Force pool cars if required by their task to aid the Force, such as logistics. This would include supporting Dorset Police Force Awards.

    • Activity AreaEvents and Festivals, IT and Digital, People, Communication/ Caring
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Organisation, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Digital, IT, Technology, Interpersonal, Networking, Prioritisation, Problem Solving, Self Management
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Leadership
    • Relationship Building
    • Community Action
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Digital Skills
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
  • Dorset Mind logo

    Volunteer Active Monitoring Practitioner

    Dorset Mind

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Active Monitoring is a programme of supportive intervention and guided self-help to improve the mental health and wellbeing of clients. It offers written information about evidence based strategies to empower individuals to cope with common mental health difficulties. This is a service that works with mild to moderate mental health difficulties focused on 7 areas: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loneliness, grief and loss, anger, stress, and menopause.

    The role of the volunteer Active Monitoring Practitioner is to provide early intervention for people experiencing mental health difficulties through (pre-designed) guided psycho-educational materials.

    The post holder will support the establishment of Active Monitoring and maintain effective and collaborative working within the practice with all staff to ensure the smooth running of the programme.

    • Activity AreaHealth and Social Care, Mental Health, People, Wellbeing, Advice/ Support
    • Employability Skills within ActivityBuddying, Counselling, Mentoring, Communication, Critical Thinking, Interpersonal, Problem Solving
    • FacultyHealth & Social Sciences
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Relationship Building
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
  • People & Planet logo

    Sustainability Researcher Volunteer

    People & Planet

    This opportunity takes place between 08 Jul 2024 and 16 Aug 2024 Closing date for applications is 13 Jun.

    People & Planet is looking for volunteers to assist with compiling its 2024/25 People & Planet University League; the only higher education ranking that classifies based on ethics and climate justice criteria.Universities impart skills and knowledge, form life-long beliefs and behaviours, act as centres of communities, employ, house and feed large numbers of people and promote the creation and sharing of knowledge. We believe this makes them uniquely placed to lead on environmental and ethical issues. For this reason the People & Planet University League has been running since 2007

    Volunteers will research publicly available university documents and assess universities against
    our marking criteria, which cover a wide range of climate and social justice issues including
    decarbonisation, fossil fuel divestment, ethical banking, workers’ rights and environmental
    management among others. This work will help to push the university sector towards taking
    immediate and appropriate action on the climate crisis and upholding the rights and wellbeing of all
    people internationally.

    • Activity AreaAnthropology/Geography, Campaigning, Conservation, Data Analysis, Education, Environmental and Conservation, Ethics, Science/Research, Sustainability, Virtual Volunteering, Wellbeing
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Project Research, Communication, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Digital, IT, Technology, Interpersonal
    • FacultyBournemouth University Business School, Health & Social Sciences, Media & Communication, Science & Technology
    • Sustainable Development GoalsAffordable and Clean Energy, Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well-being, Industry Innovation & Infrastructure, Life Below Water, Life on Land, No Poverty, Partnerships for the Goals, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Quality Education, Reducing Inequality, Responsible Consumption & Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Zero Hunger
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Community Action
    • Communication
    • Digital Skills
  • The Vegan Society logo

    Vegan Community Advocate

    The Vegan Society

    This opportunity takes place between 05 Mar 2024 and 31 Aug 2024

    Our network of committed local vegans across the country is growing! The Vegan Society organises various outreach activities to influence change in every level of society. There are a range of activities going on all the time, from general educational stalls at events to meeting with local policy influencers.

    Advocates are a crucial voice in their own community. They ensure that our campaign messages are spread far and wide. They provide a strong vegan presence in local communities.

    What does the Advocate role involve?

    Being an Advocate for veganism with The Vegan Society will mean communicating with people in your local community. You'll share the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. You will form part of a local group, headed up by a local Organiser. The Organiser will feed back your collective efforts to staff. You will also be invited to our private Facebook group, for vegan socialising and ideas sharing.

    You’ll stay in touch with the Organiser and bring your passion to tasks. Activities can range from staffing a stall to giving a talk at an employee event. It could also mean writing to a local newspaper or lobbying an MP.

    Messaging can differ every month. Part of our mission statement is to ensure people can remain vegan, so you might focus on getting more vegan options available in local businesses. Or within our Live Vegan for Less campaign, you may share cheap vegan recipes to help people with the cost of living.

    When acting as an Advocate, you will use The Vegan Society’s branding and messaging guidelines. Your local Organiser will guide you in doing this, as they hold physical resources and handbooks. You can report any issues and feedback you have to your Organiser. You can also contact staff if your Organiser isn't available or you have any problems.

    What skills would be useful in doing this role?

    • The ability to stay motivated in order to achieve the best possible outcomes
    • Good email etiquette, responding in a timely manner
    • Committed to veganism and the mission of The Vegan Society
    • Ability to stay calm if confronted with differing opinions or challenges
    • A good communicator, with the ability to be persuasive
    • Confident in communicating with people from a range of backgrounds
    • Experience of campaigning
    • Any experience in talking with members of the public through customer/public service would be helpful
    • Awareness of current affairs, especially those that relate to veganism
    • Regular availability and a willingness to stay committed to actions
    • Good team player

    How much time do I need to invest? 

    For Advocates, we ask for people to engage in a minimum of four to six actions per year. An example of an action could be writing to an MP or holding a stall. But the more you can do, the better! On occasion, there may also be online meetings to plan for actions or provide training.

    • Activity AreaCampaigning, Events and Festivals, Social Media and Communications, Virtual Volunteering, Advice/ Support
    • Employability Skills within ActivityAdministration/Office Skills, Empathy, Collaboration, Communication, Interpersonal, Networking, Prioritisation, Self Management
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being
    • Community Action
    • Communication
    • Digital Skills
    • Teamwork
    • Timekeeping
    • Interpersonal
    • Leadership
    • Relationship Building
    • Administration/Office Skills
  • The Story Works logo

    Team Member

    The Story Works

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Sep 2023 and 01 May 2025

    A Team Member helps support and encourage the children that take part in The Story Works structured story writing workshops. There are a number of roles within each session and all those roles require enthusiasm, a love of stories and the willingness to be a team member.

    The Story Works is a story writing charity set up by two Bournemouth University members of staff and is based at BU's Talbot Road campus. The remit of the charity is to provide disadvantaged children with the opportunity to tell their stories free of the restrictions imposed upon them by formal education. We do this by running structured workshops where volunteers work with the children to write their stories and at the end of the session the children leave with the book they have written. This work will also be collected and published in an online magazine that will be published every quarter. We are a brand new charity with great plans to expand into schools and work with older children through age appropriate workshops. To get an idea as to the work we will do please take a look at a similar London based charity The Ministry of Stories. Or alternatively check out our website www.thestoryworks.org to see what it is we do and how you can become a part.

    • Activity AreaChildren and Young People, Education, Teaching and Mentoring
    • Employability Skills within ActivityCreativity and Design, Empathy, Teaching, Coaching and Training, Collaboration, Communication, Interpersonal
    • FacultyMedia & Communication
    • Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-being, Quality Education
    • Interpersonal
    • Relationship Building
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
  • Mental Health Innovations (MHI) logo

    Shout Volunteer

    Mental Health Innovations (MHI)

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    At Shout 85258, our trained Shout Volunteers are those invaluable people who chat to those in distress at any time of the day from the comfort of their own home thanks to the remote nature of the opportunity. Using a conversation model and skills in assessing, managing and navigating risk and safeguarding concerns, they provide a space for people to be heard and understood. This can help people get from a hot moment to a cool calm.

    Being A Shout Volunteer isn't for everyone. You need to:

    • Be over 18.

    • Be resilient and mentally robust to help people in distress.

    • Commit to 25 hours of online training and then fulfil 200 total hours of volunteering.

    • Have empathy and be able to be objective.

    • Put your own personal views to one side to help the texter.

    • Have a secure web connection, laptop/computer, a UK or New Zealand phone number and access to a quiet place.

    • Only volunteer from the UK or New Zealand.

    • Provide 2 referees and consent to undergo a background check.

    Your next step will be to contact me, Emmy Davies-Colley for further information on how to apply for this role, by email me at emmy.davies-colley@mhiuk.org

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Warm Wishes,

    Emmy Davies-Colley

    Give Us a Shout

     

    • Activity AreaFaith and Religion, Health and Social Care, Mental Health, People, Virtual Volunteering, Advice/ Support, Communication/ Caring
    • Employability Skills within ActivityBuddying, Counselling, Mentoring, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal, Risk Management
    • FacultyHealth & Social Sciences
    • Sustainable Development GoalsIndustry Innovation & Infrastructure
    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Interpersonal
    • Timekeeping
    • Relationship Building
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