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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 with 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.

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

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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  • SUBU Beach Champions logo

    Great British Beach Clean Saturday 26th September hosted by SUBU & Reslife

    SUBU Beach Champions

    This opportunity takes place on 26 Sep 2020. Closing date for applications is 26 Sep.

    Student Volunteers required for our first Beach Clean of the academic year, hosted by SUBU and BU Reslife. Join us down at Bournemouth Beach, meet new people, make friends, and have fun, all for a worthy cause.

    Come and join us for our first Beach Clean of the Academic Year down at Bournemouth Beach.  Organised by SUBU Beach Champions and BU Reslife, meet new people, make friends, and have fun, whilst helping to keep our beautiful coastline clean. 

    Saturday 26th September from 3pm til 5pm, down at Bournemouth Pier.

    • Areas of InterestEnvironmental and Conservation, Events and Festivals, Sustainability and Ethics
    • Activities I Like To DoEvents and Stewarding, Gardening and Conservation
    • Community Action
    • Interpersonal
  • SUBU Beach Champions logo

    SUBU BEACH CHAMPION PROJECT LEADERS (x4 required)

    SUBU Beach Champions

    This opportunity takes place between 20 Aug 2020 and 30 Jun 2021. Closing date for applications is 09 Oct.

    We are looking for up to 4 SUBU Beach Champion Project Leaders, who will organise Beach Cleans for student volunteers throughout the year, to help keep our beautiful coastline clean and litter free.

     
    Our SUBU Project leaders are vital to the success of our SUBU volunteering, community action and sustainability action activities 

    The Project Leaders hold overall responsibility for the Bournemouth Beach Champions Project. They will be the main point of contact for anyone wanting information about or to join the project and will be the link between SUBU and the Project Team. They will manage social media communication, set up ‘events’, and get the message out to anyone interested in taking part in the project. 

    They are responsible for the effective running of the project, setting objectives and communicating this to the whole team, recruiting volunteers, arranging meetings/training/events and completing or overseeing successful activities within the project.  They will be responsible for liaising with other external local community action groups, and environmental charity organisations, and the BU Reslife Team, to collaborate on events. 

    As a leader you will focus on hands on beach cleans when the weather is good and then on setting up student focused campaigns through the winter months. 

    The Project Leaders will liaise with the SUBU Opportunities Team regarding any financial support for the project, as well as being responsible for the maintenance, care, and storage of any equipment that may belong to the project and keeping regular inventories of the equipment including t shirts for the team.  

    The Project Leader needs to have an overview of the whole project, although they don’t necessarily need to be at every event. 

    Project Leaders will be expected to organise at least 3 events per term.  

    A key part of the role is to ensure that student volunteers enjoy the opportunity, know what they are doing during the activity, complete the tasks required and work safely. 
     

    • Areas of InterestAnimals and Wildlife, Environmental and Conservation, Events and Festivals, Sustainability and Ethics, Wellbeing
    • Activities I Like To DoEvents and Stewarding, Gardening and Conservation, General Help
    • Interpersonal
    • Leadership
    • Community Action
    • Communication
  • WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation logo

    Urban Beach Clean Organiser

    WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Sep 2020 and 30 Jul 2021.

    To recruit student volunteers to carry out Urban Beach Cleans to prevent plastic and rubbish from towns and cities from entering the oceans, where is eaten by mistake by whales and dolphins and other marine wildlife.

    Up to 95% of the plastic in the oceans comes not from beaches, but from our towns and cities. Once in the oceans, it is eaten by mistake by marine wildlife, including whales and dolphins, who then starve to death with stomachs full of indigestible plastic. 

    Tiny micro-plastics are also eaten by small organisms and move up the food chain so that, ultimately, if we eat fish we are also consuming plastic.

    Devastating weather extremes are becoming all too frequent and our crops, lives and our planet is at risk.  A healthy climate depends on healthy oceans which, in turn, depend on healthy whale populations.

    For more information on our work, visit whales.org.

    • Areas of InterestAnimals and Wildlife, Campaigning and Fundraising, Environmental and Conservation, Sustainability and Ethics, Wellbeing
    • Interpersonal
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • Community Action
  • SUBU Volunteering logo

    BAME Peer Mentor

    SUBU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    This new scheme offered by SUBU aims to provide non-academic support and guidance to new students through student mentoring. Mentors will be expected to contact mentees twice a month over a six month period, either by video call or in person, helping them to settle into university life and support with the transition process.

    This new opportunity is offered as part of BU and SUBU’s work to reduce the BAME attainment gap, which is a prominent issue for universities across the country. This gap currently means that BAME students are less likely to achieve a 2:1 or 1st class degree than their white counterparts, and are more likely to drop out. There is clear evidence to suggest that peer mentoring is a vital process that can foster a sense of community and belonging, improving the university experience for minority students. This opportunity is open to all students not in their first year of undergraduate study (L5/6/PG students).

    • Areas of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Faith and Religion, Mental Health, People, Wellbeing
    • Activities I Like To DoAdvice and Support, Buddying, Counselling, Mentoring, General Help, Virtual Volunteering
  • Dorset Mind logo

    Dorset Mind Young Ambassador Volunteer

    Dorset Mind

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Do you have a passion for helping others and challenging perceptions about mental health? Are you driven by the idea of ending stigma and discrimination? Are you looking for an exciting sense of purpose, personal growth, and an opportunity to make an important contribution to society? If this sounds like you, then we have an exciting opportunity to get involved with. As a Young Ambassador, you will be the face of the young people’s branch of Dorset Mind, Dorset Mind Your Head. The aim of this role is to raise awareness about our Children and Young People’s programmes, speak publicly about mental health, fundraise, and importantly act as our valued representative to the wider community. You will be working closely with our marketing team to learn how best to be the face of Dorset Mind, and use online and social media platforms to their fullest advantage. It will also be your task to help us design our services and projects to deliver to young people, participate in range of events, as well as actively collaborate to help shape the agenda for our ambassador programme. We are looking for compassionate, caring, trustworthy, reliable, and passionate young people. Do you have what it takes to join our movement?

    Dorset Mind Your Head is the children and young person branch of Dorset Mind. We run a Dorset-wide programme aimed at helping the young people of Dorset to be as mentally healthy as possible.

    Dorset Mind Your Head increases students’ awareness and understanding of mental health problems including anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, abuse, eating disorders, self-harming behaviours, and social isolation. It develops students’ knowledge of where to go for support and how to act as advocates for other young people. It builds confidence in young people to manage their own mental health and wellbeing, while also providing targeted support for individual students who are struggling with mild to moderate mental health needs.

    We offer a range of services and resources created specifically for young people aged 11-25. These programmes promote resilience, prevention, and early intervention. They include: Education Programmes, Workshops, Befriending, Peer Mentoring, Drop-in Support Groups, 1-2-1 Counselling and Ambassadorships. Part of your role as a Young Ambassador will be to help us develop these services and even plan new projects to ensure that we reach as many young people as possible.

    • Areas of InterestCampaigning and Fundraising, Children and Young People, Events and Festivals, Mental Health, People, Social Media, Wellbeing
    • Activities I Like To DoAdvice and Support, Buddying, Counselling, Mentoring, Events and Stewarding, Marketing, Media and Communications, Raising Aspirations
    • Communication
    • Community Action
    • Interpersonal
    • Leadership
  • 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
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