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Volunteering Bulletin

Welcome to the BCU Volunteering Bulletin!

Here you will find all the volunteering opportunities currently listed with our programme. Many different activities and roles are available throughout the year with a range of commitments, from short term, one-off projects to more long-term, regular opportunities. Make sure you are signed into ICity as most of the roles are accessed through our portal system.

Whilst there are some face to face volunteering opportunities available, due to the pandemic, most have moved online or via telephone and can be accessed remotely. If you do decide to take part in face to face volunteering, we highly recommend you follow the advice that’s been provided by the NHS and do not take undue risks with your personal health.

This bulletin is divided into different categories depending on the nature of the opportunity, so you can either scroll down or click on the below links to find those suited to the areas you are interested in:

Looking to gain experience in a particular area?

Whatever your skills, passions, interests and goals, the Volunteering team at BCU can help you find the right opportunity. Offering a tailored service, we work to source roles that are relevant to your degree or career prospects. We can also help you present volunteering on your CV when looking for job opportunites. For further guidance, book an appointment with Eva here or email volunteering@bcu.ac.uk.

We love to hear about your volunteering experiences so let us know if you have started volunteering! You can submit a case study of your experience for our #FeatureFriday initiative on social media – each month we select the best entry to win an amazon voucher. Follow us on social media: LinkedIn: BCUVolunteering | Twitter: @BcuVolunteering | Instagram: volunteering_bcu

Did you know you can also record volunteering activities and hours to go towards your Graduate+ award? Click on the relevant links depending on the hours you want to record: Bronze (Explore & Register) Silver (50 hours) Gold (100 Hours) Platinum (150 hours) Please note, you will need to be logged in to access the page. If you have any questions you can email graduate+@bcu.ac.uk or book a tutorial.

Health, Education & Care

Listening service volunteer

Befriender/Mentor

Translator

Volunteer Doula

Bethel Health and Healing Network

We support vulnerable pregnant women and new mums through emotional and practical support. Our team is lead by an experienced former NHS midwife, and we are commissioned to deliver our services by two NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Digital Impact Trainer

Otermans Institute

Otermans Institute (OI) provides free professional development and soft skills training support to some of the most disadvantaged students in the countries of Nepal, Bangladesh, and India.

Children's Hospital Ward Visitors

Radio Lollipop

Radio Lollipop provides care, comfort, play and entertainment to sick children and young adults in hospital. Based at Birmingham Children's Hospital, we are seeking story tellers, magicians, enthusiasts of arts and crafts and all manner of children's entertainers.

Check-In Phone Volunteer

Food Cycle Birmingham

FoodCycle volunteers are welcoming and committed people who want to help support communities and tackle loneliness. As a check in phone volunteer you’ll be playing a vital part in connecting with our guests through weekly calls.

Eco-Team School Volunteer

Green Schools Project, Birmingham

Are you passionate about tackling the climate crisis and inspiring young people to join you? We require some enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver Green Schools Project and support a school Eco-Team in their mission to help them go green.

Nightline Listening Volunteer

Birmingham Nightline, remote

Birmingham Nightline is a confidential, anonymous, non-advisory, non-judgemental listening and information service, run by students for students.

Delivery Driver Volunteer

Enactus BCU, Birmingham

We require volunteers delivery drivers to pick up food boxes from local supermarkets and food banks, and deliver to disabled people with physical mobility issues in the area of Digbeth.

Online reading volunteer

Bookmark, Remote

As a Bookmark Volunteer, you’ll help a 5-8 year-old learn to read, developing their skills and confidence. You will read together, play games, and see your reader progress, all through our secure online platform.

Birmingham Outreach Pastor

Network Four, Birmingham City Centre

Birmingham Pastors is a project by NetworkFour which involves a volunteer street care team based in and around the city centre offering pastoral care to those in need. Connected by radios to central city CCTV (City Watch), our volunteer pastors will work daily alongside police, retail security, street wardens and ambulance services.

Doing Things Differently Volunteer (Supporting Blind And Visually Impaired Adults)

Sandwell Visually Impaired, Sandwell

Support blind and visually impaired adults to safely engage in their chosen activities in the ‘new normal’ environment. By supporting them, you will help them to gain confidence and adjust to life in the world of Covid-19.

Youth Engagement Officer & Mentor

Himaya Haven, Birmingham

As a mentor, you will work alongside teachers, other staff and professionals figuring out the needs of individuals who require help and how to overcome barriers that are preventing them from achieving their full potential.

Activities mentor

The Way Youth Zone, Wolverhampton

Be part of an internationally award-winning mentoring programme & use your experiences to make a lasting impact on a young person!

Childline Volunteer Counsellor

Birmingham, UK wide or remote

As a Childline volunteer you'll be there for young people when they feel they have no one else to turn to, by giving a regular shift of up to 4 hours each week at one of our 12 Childline bases across the UK.

Wellbeing/money mentor & group support

CASBA, Birmingham

​We provide advocacy services to help adults in South Birmingham to deal with difficult situations.

CYP Therapeutic Support worker

The Haven, Wolverhampton

The Haven Wolverhampton is an independent charity which supports women and dependent children who are affected by Domestic abuse and homelessness. You will complete 1-1 therapeutic work with CYP that are both within refuge and community that have behavioural and emotional needs.

CYP Creche Worker

The Haven, Wolverhampton

You will work with CYP and offer a creche facility to those within refuge setting

Various roles

St John Ambulance, Birmingham

As a volunteer you can be part of the team that saves lives, whether it's helping people in the community, providing first aid at events, or supporting the NHS.

Student Mentor

IntoUniversity, Birmingham (remotre or in-person)

The IntoUniversity Mentoring Scheme matches a young person (aged 10-17) with a volunteer, giving them the opportunity to receive tailored, one-to-one support for their academic attainment, social skills and future planning.

Volunteer Tutor

, The Access Project (remote)

The Access Project, an education charity, supports disadvantaged young people to progress to university. We are looking for undergraduates, postgraduates, staff, and alumni who would be able to tutor a young person aged 14-18, online, 1 hour a week in term-time Sept-Nov 2021- Summer 2022 to support them with their academic studies.

Volunteer Tutor- English And Maths

Action Tutoring (remote or in person)

Volunteering with Action Tutoring is an easy and rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of young people living in your community.

Volunteer Blogger - Student Minds, West Midlands, UK.

Barnardos Think Family Volunteer (Autism & CSE support)

Various locations in Birmingham

Direct targeted work with the young person and family members, individually and collectively, to provide emotional and practical support, building self-esteem, confidence, knowledge and resilience.

Barnardos Health & Wellbeing volunteer (children's services)

Various locations in Birmingham

Birmingham Forward Steps Services provide health and wellbeing support within children’s centres across Birmingham.

Qualified Counsellor

As a volunteer counsellor you will volunteering in CHAMS setting and hold a small caseload of children and young people with a variety of different needs including children and young people with a history of traumatic events, inclusive of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Children's Activity Volunteer

Caudwell Children, Birmingham

We're looking for volunteers to assist community activity music and engagement sessions and support our upcoming project, “All Roads Lead to Alexander”.

Disability Energy Champion Volunteer (Family Support)

Caudwell Children, Birmingham

Caudwell Children are looking for Disability Energy Champion Volunteers to help with our Warm Homes project- a funded project across several UK cities, supporting the parents/carers of disabled children in their own home

Patient support (Hospital Based)/Check In & Chat/Community Response Volunteers

Royal Voluntary Service, UK wide

You could be a pair of hands in someone’s garden, a friendly face for a patient in hospital, helping to run a yoga club, chatting to someone in their own language… Whatever your “something special” is, we’ll help you match it with the volunteering opportunity that’s right for you.

Youth Leader

Scouts, Birmingham

Work directly with young people aged 6-18 through our Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer groups, known as sections – helping young people gain skills for life through activities and adventures.

Champion Volunteer

Papyrus, West Midlands

Raising awareness of PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide by delivering 30 minute talks to professionals and groups.

Volunteer Blogger

Student Minds, UK wide (remote)

By telling your stories and sharing tips and advice you can help show other students that they are not alone, recovery is possible and you can still succeed at university despite experiencing mental health difficulties

Creative, Design & Media

Content Creator

EmployabilityUK

The mission of EmployabilityUK is to facilitate employer engagement to enhance the aspirations, opportunities and career prospects of enthusiastic and committed young people.

Volunteer Videographer

YHA, UK Nationwide

We need innovative and creative volunteers to create fun and inspiring videos that promote YHA and inform the public about various aspects of YHA work, hostels and the communities we support.

Graphic Designer

Dudley Lodge, West Midlands (from home)

We are looking for a volunteer to design branding/promotional material for a new parenting programme we are currently developing called Planting Seeds.

Threads Together Volunteer

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Project

Using your ideas, the aim is to create a series of printed and stitched one-metre square panels, with one for each of the nations entitled to participate in the 2022 Games.

CITY HOSTS

Coventry City of Culture - Coventry

City Hosts will be the face of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021, helping to ensure a positive experience for visitors, spectators and performers.

A range of remote Media Volunteering roles across the UK

Social Media And Digital Content Volunteer

The Vegan Society (remote)

The Vegan Society aims to make veganism more accessible. This role will support the Digital Content Officer in creating, reviewing and researching all our digital content.

Graphic Designer/Videographer/Writer/Photographer

Aspire 4 U, Birmingham (remote)

We help young people, families, communities reimagine their lives, then create better futures through what they see and what they feel. We use online and real life experiences to grow mindsets necessary for stronger communities. We believe the following are key: understanding the mind, understanding know-how, understanding money.

Sport & Events

Volunteer Lifeguard

Moseley Baths, Birmingham

This is a rare opportunity to work in a beautiful heritage building and a lively community pool. We can provide full support and training required to qualify as lifeguard such as NPQL qualifications and First Aid alongside a general induction.

Athletics Coach/Official/Club helper

Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Field

RSCAC are looking for volunteers to cover a range of roles, giving you plenty of choice, depending on your interest. Whether being out in the elements and working on the ground is your thing, or taking more of a role behind the scenes

Activity Worker

Carers Trust Solihull run regular support groups across Solihull, where they welcome adult carers into a safe environment to chat and take part in activities put on by the charity.

Law, Crime & Politics

Student Campaigner

Oxfam Activist Network (remote)

We are looking for students across the country to lead transformative campaigns. You will bring people together to develop and deliver campaigning activities and events, to inspire and motivate others to take action on poverty, inequality and corporate tax dodging, and fight for the rights of workers and refugee families forced to flee their homes.

Volunteer Befriender

New Bridge Foundation (remote)

Our befrienders commit to befriending people in prison for at least three years and to befriend at least two people at one time, exchanging a letter with each person every two weeks and visiting approximately once every 3 to 4 months (after about 6 months getting to know each other).

Various roles

Citizen's Advice

Volunteering opportunities with local Citizens Advice include giving information and advice to clients, fundraising, admin, media, trusteeship and more.

Parliamentors

The Faith & Belief Forum

ParliaMentors is a UN award-winning leadership programme where teams of university students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs collaborate to create real social change while being mentored by MPs.

Various roles

West Midlands Police

Whether it’s volunteering as a puppy walker, a cadet leader, joining our team who operate the police museum, supporting our local neighbourhood teams, or using your specialist skills to volunteer in our specialist departments like the economic crime team, public protection or forensics – we value the effort, support and skills that volunteers bring.

Business, Marketing & Fundraising

Volunteer Business Assistant

EmployabilityUK

The mission of EmployabilityUK is to facilitate employer engagement to enhance the aspirations, opportunities and career prospects of enthusiastic and committed young people.

Recruitment Coordinator/ Communications officer/ Administration

Teenage Helpline

Teenage Helpline are to provide the first stepping-stone for young people who may need to get professional support, but do not feel comfortable seeking this support for themselves. Not only this, but we also provide mentoring for young people who do not need professional support, but who need a little extra attention and support to help them cope with other personal issues.

Virtual Fundraising Volunteer/Social media Volunteer

YHA

As a volunteer with YHA you will contribute towards young people's experiences, giving them life skills like travelling independently, team working and inspiring them to aim high in their own lives.

Admin Assistant

Aspire 4 U

Aspire4u is a Community Interest Company serving communities, young people, and organisations across the West Midlands. they are looking for an attentive individual to support our team, projects, and keep our systems organised.

Volunteer Coordinator/Food Collection Volunteer/Project Leader

Food Cycle Birmingham

FoodCycle combines surplus food, volunteers and free kitchen space to create nutritious, three-course meals for the community.

Community Fundraiser for a Women's Empowerment Charity

Rising Girl

Rising Girl is looking for motivated individuals to lead their community fundraising efforts. We are a Birmingham-based small charity empowering girls aged 11-18 in school through our educational Rise Together programme

Volunteer Team Leader

Oxfam

As a lead volunteer, you will assist the shop manager in leading, managing and planning for the development of a shop team.

Digital Marketing Volunteer

Himaya Haven, Birmingham

We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic individual who would help our experienced digital marketing work create social media campaigns for our clients across all the social media channels. The role will involve for example learning about and managing WordPress, creating high-quality social media posts, graphic design and producing high quality written content.

Fundraising and Leadership Volunteer

Caudwell Children, West Midlands

Caudwell Children are looking for volunteer Supporter Growth Coach Volunteers – assisting with the recruitment, organisation and supervision of fundraising volunteers, raising money to help us provide practical and emotional support to the families of disabled children across the UK.

Funding Research Volunteer

Carers Trust Solihull

We're looking for someone who has an interest in research and information gathering, possibly creating tables of information to compare funders. Will create a spreadsheet with findings and report back to the fundraising volunteer. Helping with ideas and actively investigating funding opportunities as part of a small team.

Community Ambassador

John Taylor Hospice, Birmingham/remote

As a Community Ambassador for John Taylor Hospice you will help to spread the word about the valuable work we do and help us reach more community groups and organisations in our local area.

History, Conservation & Environment

Gardening Volunteer

John Taylor Hospice, Birmingham

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who could spend time helping to maintain our gardens at our main hospice site in Erdington. You will be part of a team of volunteers who will be on hand to support the day-to-day upkeep of our garden spaces.

Research officer

West Midlands Police Museum, Birmingham

There are lots of volunteering opportunities available within the West Midlands Police Museum. Currently we need people to help us research former officers on genealogy sites & write up material for museum & website displays

Various opportunities - Canal and River Trust

Various opportunities - National Trust

Community Litter Picking - Birmingham City Council, Birmingham

IT, Tech & Science

Web Developer

Teenage helpline

Teenage Helpline is an online mentoring service run by young people to be used by young people. The aims of Teenage Helpline are to provide the first stepping-stone for young people who may need to get professional support, but do not feel comfortable seeking this support for themselves.

Education/Personal Development Volunteer

CodeYourFuture is a social impact organisation that supports the most disadvantaged in society to realise their dreams of becoming web developers. We teach people to code, support their personal development and help them find meaningful work in tech.

CodeYourFuture, Birmingham (remote)

ITCanHelp Volunteer

AbilityNet

Our volunteers use their IT skills and know-how to help older people and disabled people of any age to achieve their goals in the digital world and participate online. Our vision is a digital world accessible to all.

Technology Volunteer

RNIB

Our technology volunteers ensure that blind and partially sighted people are not excluded from a connected world. Long before pac-man was eating pac-dots, volunteers were supporting people with sight loss to use technology. They help with a huge range of devices - from tablets to talking book players.

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