Student Volunteer Handbook We recommend that all students read the Student Volunteer Handbook. This gives more information on how volunteering can benefit you, support your career goals, and give back to the community. It includes hints and tips to help you choose the right role for you.
International Volunteering Handbook International volunteering is an exciting experience, but it also means hard work far from home, so it is vital that you are passionate and enthusiastic about it. Whilst we do not advertise opportunities abroad on our online vacancy pages, if you are considering volunteering overseas we would recommend that you read our International Volunteering Handbook.
Volunteering From Home The Volunteering From Home resource provides information about opportunities you can get involved in without leaving the house.
Free Online Careers Vacancy Service Opportunities currently advertised on the Careers Vacancy Service include volunteering local to the university (usually within 20 miles), part time jobs, and graduate jobs
Edge Hill University Student Opportunity Fund The Student Opportunity Fund is an exciting initiative which contributes financial support that helps you to take part in activities which enhance your employability, build your confidence and develop your transferable skills.
Volunteering Advisers are here to help you in sourcing and applying for volunteering roles. EHU students can book an appointment with Volunteering Advisers to discuss what you are looking for, the opportunities available locally, and to research what's available further afield within the UK.
Once you have found an opportunity Advisers can help you in the application process by checking and giving feedback on application forms or CV's. You can contact us using the Ask A Question service.
Advisers invite organisations onto campus throughout the academic year to events to promote the opportunities available, and to deliver information sessions to find out more about the work they carry out. Find out more through the Events and Workshops sections of the Careers website.
Points to consider
We recommend that students commit to no more than 16 hours per week of a combination of paid work and volunteering.
Careers classes volunteering as activity that takes place outside of studies or accredited modules. It is unpaid and undertaken on a voluntary basis. Hours recorded for a placement undertaken as part of your course at Edge Hill, are not considered volunteering. If you are researching a placement opportunity you should first speak to the Placement Coordinator in your academic department.
Although some opportunities can be one off roles or short term, most organisations looking for volunteers will often seeking an ongoing commitment of between 6 months and 2 years. Be realistic about what you can commit to.
Volunteering roles can be competitive and applications should be professional. Volunteering Advisers can advise you here.
Edge Hill University do not have agreements in place with most of the organisations listed and we recommend you read the Student Volunteering Handbook before you sign up. We cannot guarantee the level of support you will receive from the organisation. However, this is a starting point for students looking to see what is available near them.
Researching roles near you
Most areas have a CVS (Council for Voluntary Service), Volunteer Bureau, or similar hub for volunteers and voluntary organisations. These organisations are experts on what volunteering is taking place near you and can help match you with a role.
Many of these organisations advertise their opportunities through the do-it website. You can find details of organisations offering support to volunteers in your area below.
(Anywhere missing? Contact us)
Greater London Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Enfield, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Volunteer London, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Sutton
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
The Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham in 2022 and will be supported by volunteers in a over 300 roles including Media Operations, Venue Technology Services, Anti-doping, Ceremonies, Cultural Programme and Sport Competition and Operations. Volunteers must be available to travel to Birmingham for interview (September-December 2021), training (April 2022) and be available for a minimum of 8 shifts throughout the Games in July and August 2022. Recruitment closes at the end of June and more information is available through the Commonwealth Games website
West Sussex Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester,
Isle of Man Isle of Man Government
Carlow (Ceatharlach) Carlow Volunteer Centre
Cavan (Cabhán) Cavan Volunteer Centre
Clare (Clár) Clare Volunteer Centre
Cork (Corcaigh) Cork Volunteer Centre
Donegal (Dún na nGall) Donegal Volunteer Centre
Galway (Gaillimh) Galway Volunteer Centre
Kerry (Ciarraí) Kerry Volunteer Centre
Kildare (Cill Dara) Kildare Volunteer Centre
Kilkenny (Cill Chainnigh) See Carlow
Leitrim (Liatroim) Leitrim Volunteering Information Service
Limerick (Luimneach) Limerick Volunteer Centre
Longford (Longfort) Volunteer Centre Longford
Louth (Lú) Volunteer Louth
Mayo (Maigh Eo) Mayo Volunteer Centre
Meath (Mí) Meath Volunteer Centre
Monaghan (Muineacháin) Monaghan Volunteer Centre
Offaly (Ua Fáilghe) See Kildare
Roscommon (Ros Comán) Roscommon Volunteering Information Service
Sligo (Sligeach) Sligo Volunteer Centre
Tipperary (Tiobraid Arainn) Tipperary Volunteer Centre
Waterford (Port Lairge) Waterford Information Service
Westmeath (Iarmhí) Westmeath Volunteer Centre
Wicklow (Loch Garman) Wicklow Volunteer Centre
County Down Volunteer Now
Fermanagh Volunteer Now Fermanagh House
Tyrone Omagh Volunteer Centre
Angus Voluntary Action Angus
Argyll and Bute Argyll and Bute TSI
Clackmannanshire Clackmannanshire TSI
Dumfries and Galloway Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway
Dundee Volunteer Dundee
East Ayrshire Volunteer Centre East Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action
East Lothian Volunteer Centre East Lothian
East Renfrewshire Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire
Edinburgh Volunteer Edinburgh
Falkirk CVS Falkirk
Glasgow Volunteer Glasgow
Highland Highland TSI, Caithness Voluntary Group, Skye and Lochalsh CVO, Ross-shire Voluntary Action, Voluntary Action in Badenoch and Strathspey, Voluntary Groups East Sutherland (Via Facebook), Voluntary Action Lochaber.
Inverclyde Inverclyde Community Development Trust
Midlothian Volunteer Midlothian
Moray TSI Moray
Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) Volunteer Centre Western Isles,
North Ayrshire The Ayrshire Community Trust
North Lanarkshire Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire
Orkney Islands Volunteer Action Orkney
Perth and Kinross Third Sector Interface for Perth and Kinross
Renfrewshire Engage Renfrewshire
Scottish Borders Volunteer Centre Borders
Shetland Islands Voluntary Action Shetland
South Ayrshire Third Sector Hub
South Lanarkshire Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire
Stirling Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise
West Dunbartonshire West Dunbartonshire CVS
West Lothian Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian
Blaenau Gwent Gwent Volunteer Centre
Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) Bridgend County Borough Voluntary Council
Caerphilly Gwent Volunteer Centre
Cardiff (Caerdydd) Cardiff Third Sector Council
Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin) Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services
Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych) Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council
Flintshire (Sir y Fflint) Flintshire Local Voluntary Council
Gwynedd Mantel Gwynedd
Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) Medrwn Môn
Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful) Community Action Merthyr Tydfil
Monmouth Gwent Volunteer Centre
Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot) Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Services
Newport Gwent Volunteer Centre
Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro) Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services
Powys North Montgomeryshire Volunteer Bureau (Via Facebook)
Rhondda Cynon Taf Interlink RCT
Swansea (Abertawe) * Swansea Council for Voluntary Service
Torfaen (Tor-faen) Torfaen Voluntary Alliance
Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg) Glamorgan Voluntary Service
Wrexham (Wrecsam) Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham
Volunteering with the NHS
If you are studying a health or wellbeing related course, you may also be interested in volunteering with the NHS. Each trust has its own opportunities and advice on volunteering. These roles may provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a hospital or clinical setting.
This NHS website is a helpful place to start, as it lists all of the authorities and trusts in the UK.
If you search online for the trust most local to you with 'volunteering,' you should easily find helpful information. For example, put the following in your search engine: "Alderhey NHS Trust volunteering"
Contacting organisations that do not generally advertise volunteering opportunities (Including schools)
Sometimes you may want to gain experience with an organisation that does not traditionally advertise volunteering opportunities. This might for example be work shadowing, or gaining experience at a school. The usual way to contact such an organisation, would be to send in a CV and Covering letter. You can find examples and guidance on creating these in the resources section of the Careers website.
Remember that Careers are happy to look at drafts of covering letters, CVs, and application forms. We will provide students and recent graduates with useful feedback. You can send in these drafts using Ask a Question.
Points to consider:
Research your organisation. CVs and covering letters should be specific and targeted. This means they are likely to need updating with each new application. Demonstrating an understanding of the organisation you are contacting, will strengthen your application.
Use existing contacts. Who do you already know? Are there organisations or individuals you are already in contact with? Could you ask your tutors? Networking will help you here. If you do not have an existing contact, try to find the name of someone you can send your CV to directly. This personalised approach will strengthen your application.
Avoid one line emails. This is your first professional introduction, one line will not give the organisation enough information, and therefore you are less likely to get a response. The resources above will help you know what to include and how to structure the email as you would a letter.
Follow up your contact. If you do not hear anything, follow up your CV and covering letter with a well worded email or polite telephone call. If you still do not get a response, try elsewhere. You may have to contact various organisations to secure the experience you want.
How far can you go? Think about how far geographically you can travel. Be realistic here, but you may need to go outside of your local area. This is particularly the case if there are a lot of people looking for similar experience, or if the role is specialised.
Be specific. In your covering letter be specific about the time you want to give and the experience you would like to gain.
Sell yourself. Think about what you can offer the organisation. You can draw on your studies and past experience here. If an organisation feel they will gain from your input, it will strengthen your application. It also shows you have done your research and are keen.
Volunteering should not replace a paid role in an organisation. Volunteer roles should complement and supplement the work of paid staff rather than be used to displace or undercut the pay and conditions of service. A Volunteer Charter drawn up between Volunteer England and the TUC in 2009 gives more information. This doesn't mean that the organisation can't reimburse you for out of pocket expenses e.g. travel, or provide you with appropriate training.
Remember: Not all organisations will be able to offer voluntary or unpaid experience. There can be good reasons for this, such as data protection, working with vulnerable people, or the need for prior experience or qualification. If you wish to discuss your options further, book an appointment with Careers or send an email via Ask a Question. You many need to consider getting more general experience first to strengthen your applications. Think of this a stepping stone to the career you really want. A first step might be to use the Careers Vacancy Service, or to contact Volunteering Advisers. Ensure that you read the Student Volunteering Handbook, for more points to consider.
Talking to someone about their job. Although volunteering may not always be possible, you might still be able to arrange a telephone call to talk to someone about their role.
How we reward volunteers
The Volunteering Award The Volunteering Award is designed to allow students to log hours to a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award. It encourages you to reflect on your voluntary experience on up to three organisations. Students have until they complete their course at Edge Hill to complete.
The Careers Awards Once a year, Careers look for nominations for the coveted Student Volunteer of the Year Award. Placing students are invited to our celebration event, usually held in the Spring Term. You can also put forward nominations for Voluntary Organisation o the Year, giving you the opportunity to raise awareness of a charity or not for profit organisation.
University Scholarships You may be also be eligible for a University Scholarship Excellence Scholarships are open to students in Year 1 or 2 of their studies (or about to join Edge Hill University) Nominations are usually open for students in the Spring Term. One of the areas the Excellence Scholarship recognises is volunteering and engaging with your local community.
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