What is volunteering?
Volunteering is about giving your time to a
good cause. You don't get paid, but you do get the chance to use
your talents, develop new skills, and experience the pleasure that
comes from making a real difference to other people's lives, as
well as your own.
Who can do it?
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
What can I do?
A whole variety of activities, as there are
a huge amount of different volunteer roles available for you to get
involved in via UWE 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.
Do I need previous experience or
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.
What do I get out of it?
Whilst you’ll want to make a real difference when you volunteer,
it’s not just about what you can do for others. Volunteers get a
lot out of the experience too. At UWE Volunteering we believe that
good volunteering is rewarding for everyone involved.
Have a look at our 'Why Volunteer?'
page to find out what volunteering can do for you.
Find out what it’s like from students who’ve already done it by
reading our volunteer case studies.
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 on a summer
camp. Whatever your availability there will be something you can
get involved in.
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
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
for more details.
How long will it take until I can start
This depends on the role. For some
volunteering opportunities you can get started straight away. For
others you may need to complete training and a DBS
(Criminal Record) check. Each one is different so you should ask
the organisation when you get in touch.
I didn't sign up in Term One. Can I still
Will it cost anything?
No. All of your out-of-pocket expenses,
including travel, should be refunded by the organisation that you
volunteer with, so make sure you ask them how to reclaim your
expenses. If an organisation is unable to meet your expenses, then
we can help. Contact the volunteering
to find out more.
What if I don't like my volunteering
Volunteering is a two-way process. If you
are not happy in your role, it is important to talk to the
organisation you are volunteering at, or contact us
. It might be that they can help to
make it a better experience for you. Although you are expected to
show commitment, you do not have to keep doing something that you
Can I take a break from volunteering
during university vacations?
The organisations understand that students
need to take breaks for holidays and during exam periods. The most
important thing is to tell them in advance so that organisations
can plan around you. Our UWE Volunteering Projects and Schools
Programme stop over the vacations.
I'm looking for part time paid work, can
Volunteering can help you develop skills for
your future career and looks great on your CV but you will not be
How do I contact UWE Bristol
There are a number of different ways that
you can get in touch.
You can visit the Vacancy Plus desk in
E-Zone on Frenchay Campus for more information about volunteering.
We are open:
- Term time: Monday to Friday 09:00–13:00 and
14:00–17:00 (16:30 on Friday)
- Vacation: Monday to Friday 09:00–13:00 and
14:00–16:30 (16:00 on Friday).
Alternatively, you can ask a question through 'My Questions' on
InfoHub or call us on +44 (0)117 32 85353.
View further information about our contact details, including office hours.
Follow UWE Bristol Volunteering on social media
Visit our Facebook and Twitter profiles to view
the latest photos and updates from voluntary projects.