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. It's a great way to make new friends and become part of the local community as well as developing new skills and experiences which will look great on your CV when you start job hunting.
There are a wide range of opportunities to get involved. These range from activities that support other students and improve the University community as a result, through to getting involved in charities and not for profit organisations in the wider community outside of campus.
Volunteering is part of Stellify, the opportunity for you to do more and be more whilst you are a student. To complete the “Making a difference” section of Stellify and achieve the Stellify Award you need to complete 40 hours of verified community-based volunteering. Volunteering roles that benefit other students count towards the “Step Up and lead” section. For more information on Stellify go to www.manchester.ac.uk/stellify.
A great and easy way for you to find volunteering is via Volunteer Hub. All the organisations (charities, international volunteering organisations and not-for-profits) the University's Volunteering Team work with advertise on Volunteer Hub. The Students' Union also advertise its volunteering opportunities on Volunteer Hub. There are hundreds of opportunities via Volunteer Hub available to you.
Please take a look at our short film which provides you with 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 and collate your volunteering hours towards your Stellify Award. If you are undertaking the Manchester Leadership Programme, it also uses Volunteer Hub to track and collate your volunteer hours for this.
Therefore if you are volunteering but have not sourced this volunteering via Volunteer Hub, that is 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 Certificate. As you can see we also have produced a short film which provides you with a step by step guide on how to do this.