What is volunteering?
We believe that you get more back when you give a little in return. Use your talents. Develop new skills. Build your confidence and start building networks. Make friends – and a real difference to other people's lives. Working with over 600 not-for-profit organisations, there are so many opportunities to get involved.
For volunteering advice and opportunities during the coronavirus outbreak, please look at our volunteering opportunities.
What you need to know
Who can volunteer?
Anyone. Whatever your age, background or work experience, you will have a skill that someone needs. No matter how busy you are, there will be something that you can do.
I’m an international student on a visa with restricted work allowance. Can I still volunteer?
As an international student on a visa you can undertake volunteering whilst you are studying, but it may count towards your work allowance. See our guidance for international students (PDF) for more details.
What can I do?
A whole variety of activities. There are many different volunteer roles available for you to get involved in via UWE Bristol Volunteering, The Students’ Union at UWE, or in the local community. You might be interested in working with people, animals, the environment, or 'behind the scenes' in an office role; either way, there’s something for everyone.
When can I do it?
All year round! Volunteering is really flexible. You can volunteer on a one-off occasion for just a few hours, once a week for an afternoon, or for a week at a summer camp. Whatever your availability, there will be something you can get involved in.
Do I need previous experience or skills?
Most projects simply ask for enthusiasm and commitment. However, some organisations might ask for previous skills or experience. For example, some require fluency in English due to the role.
How do I get involved?
You can view a summary of the various volunteering opportunities available to see how you can get involved.
Details of all of the available opportunities are advertised on InfoHub. Go to ‘Search Vacancies’ at the top of the page and under ‘Type of Work’ select ‘Volunteering – International’ or ‘Volunteering – UK’. You can refine your search by adding specific search words relating to the type of role you are looking for, and the location.
If you would like advice or support on getting involved, please contact UWE Bristol Volunteering.
Reasons to volunteerVolunteering transforms your CV – and your life. Meet new people, get out and about and have fun, and make a big difference in your new community. Reasons to volunteer
Amy's volunteering experience
Amy Staff, BSc(Hons) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science, talks to us about her volunteering experience with The Students' Union at UWE.