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UWE Bristol Volunteering Projects

We run a range of fantastic projects in and around Bristol for you to get involved in. So if you are passionate about conservation, computing, creativity, working with people young or old, or more, check out our projects below.

Volunteer on a project run by UWE Bristol Volunteering, in partnership with local charities and not-for-profit organisations.

As a volunteer on one of our projects, you will work with other students and in partnership with the local community, allowing you to gain a broad range of experience and skills.

Projects take place during the autumn and spring terms, and are designed to fit around your studies. You can work as part of a team of volunteers, or take on additional responsibility as a Project Leader.

Volunteering projects

You can read more about our Volunteering projects below.

Creative Club

Interested in all things creative? Want to use your skills to help others? We have partnered with Milestones Trust to run a 'Creative Club' in which adults with learning and physical disabilities from the Trust undertake weekly creative projects with support from our student volunteers.

UWE Bristol students help to lead and support the six-week sessions which involve all kinds of arts and crafts such as tie-dyeing T-shirts, making pin-hole cameras, trying screen printing, making coasters and doing collagraph printing. There are opportunities for Project Leaders and Session Volunteers. It's great fun and easily accessible, based on Frenchay Campus.

“Applying for a Project Leader role at the Club was one of the best decisions I have made. To see Milestones Trust service users enjoy the activities has been rewarding. I feel as if we are making a difference.”
Katie Morgan, photography student

Watch our Creative Club film to find out more.

Green Ambassadors

Are you interested in the environment and conservation, sustainability, poverty and global issues? Green Ambassadors work as a team to take their knowledge and enthusiasm for green/global issues into local schools to run themed workshops.

This year Green Ambassadors will be supporting two projects: Building Away Borders (a student-led project) or Munching Caterpillars (with the Butterfly Conservation).

Munching Caterpillars is a project introducing children to the beautiful and fascinating world of butterflies, moths and their caterpillars. It aims to reach children living in an urban environment where access to nature is more challenging. The Butterfly Conservation is recruiting volunteers to help with school workshops in the spring and summer of 2017. They also need film volunteers to help schools create video blogs and diaries of their experiences.

Building Away Borders (BAB) is a student-led project working with two local secondary schools and aiming to spread awareness about structures as a form of disaster relief. A structure will be built/assembled on school grounds with the help of school students. Volunteers are needed to help plan and deliver workshops that will get young people thinking about the complex issue of providing shelter after disasters and how different contexts will need different solutions. Watch our Green Ambassadors film to find out more.

I study environmental science so this project is a great way of putting both into practice. I think it’s really important to get children thinking about the environment and how it relates to their lives as it is hugely important.”
Chloe Shute, a previous volunteer

The Philosophy Project

If you are a Philosophy student wanting to use your skills outside the lecture theatre or the seminar room this project is for you! Or it might appeal to an Education student looking to broaden your subject knowledge and delivery experience.

In Socratic fashion, our basic mode of operation involves engaging the local youth in philosophical conversation. Unlike Socrates, we do this in schools – not in the marketplace! Working as a team of volunteers, you will design and deliver a series of four or five interactive workshops, actively encouraging school pupils to apply philosophical thinking to everyday issues and concerns and tackle big questions of their own choosing.

Silver Surfers

Silver Surfers is a fantastic opportunity for students to share their IT expertise with older people from the local community. Volunteers are paired with a Silver Surfer and work with them one-to-one over six sessions to help them learn IT skills, including how to use email and Skype, how to do internet shopping or edit photos.

The project happens on Frenchay Campus and you can be involved as a Project Leader or as a Volunteer Tutor.

I chose to volunteer for Silver Surfers as it linked well with my study on information literacy this semester and with my career aspirations. It was fascinating to see what people wanted to learn and what they found difficult. It was often challenging, but fun to meet their expectations.
Carol Price, a previous volunteer

Watch our Silver Surfers film to find out more.

Apply to volunteer

We typically recruit for our projects during the start of academic terms, and all of our projects have a short online application form that allows us to find out a little bit more about you and why you are interested in volunteering.

If you would like to volunteer for any of the above opportunities, please apply online (requires InfoHub login).

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