Volunteering, n. [vol-uhn-teer-ing]:
Any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims primarily to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than close relatives.
Volunteering is a great way to enhance your University experience. You can make new friends, become part of the local community and develop new skills which will look great on your CV.
There are a wide range of opportunities for you to get involved with including supporting other students through to getting involved in charities and not for profit organisations in the wider community.
Volunteering is part of Stellify. To complete the “Make a Difference” section of Stellify you need to complete 40 hours of verified community-based volunteering. Volunteering roles that benefit other students may count towards the “Step Up and lead” section. For more information on Stellify go to www.manchester.ac.uk/stellify.
A great way to find volunteering is through Volunteer Hub. All the organisations the University's Volunteering Team work with locally, nationally and internationally, advertise on Volunteer Hub. The Students' Union also advertise its volunteering projects there. There are hundreds of opportunities on Volunteer Hub available.
Please take a look at our short film which gives you a step by step guide on how to register on Volunteer Hub and search for opportunities.
Please note: The University uses Volunteer Hub to track your volunteering hours towards your Stellify Award. If you are undertaking the Manchester Leadership Programme, it also uses Volunteer Hub to track your volunteer hours for this.
If you are volunteering but have not sourced your role via Volunteer Hub, that's fine. All you need to do is register on Volunteer Hub and record your volunteering as 'additional volunteering hours'. This is the only way to ensure this volunteering is counted towards your Stellify Award and/or Manchester Leadership Programme. Please see the short film which provides you with a step by step guide on how to do this.