Volunteering roles with charities and community organisations usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Stellify Award.
Volunteering with a community organisation or charity gives you lots of choice regarding the sort of volunteering you can get involved with. There are literally hundreds of organisations in Manchester providing all sorts of services to the local community. You can volunteer for a range of causes including environment, arts and culture, vulnerable people, education and healthy living.
Many of these organisations actively look for student volunteers and advertise with us via our Volunteer Hub.
There are hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Greater Manchester available to you. You can search for volunteering roles by filtering by:
Available to you on each advert are details of the specific volunteer role, including information about the organisation, when you are required to volunteer, location and how to apply.
The Volunteering and Community Engagement Team at the University run Volunteer Days and Volunteer Projects that you can take part in.
Volunteer Days usually last a full day/half a day and you volunteer in a group with other students. This could include planting a community orchard, painting a mural at a local primary school or helping out at an afternoon tea party for older people.
A staff member from the Volunteering Team is usually available at the Volunteer Day. Transport is often provided.
Volunteer Days are advertised on Volunteer Hub - access Volunteer Hub and search "Volunteer Days."
The estimated hours for a Volunteer Day will be published beforehand, but the volunteering hours you will be allocated will be the actual number of volunteer hours you do on the day, not including transport.
If a Volunteer Day is cancelled for any reason, the volunteer hours will not be given to you. You should therefore be aware that you may need to plan for more Volunteer Days/volunteering than the exact number of hours in case the Volunteer Days are shorter than expected or have to be cancelled unexpectedly.
Volunteer Projects usually last three to six weeks, in which you often volunteer alongside other students to undertake a task or achieve an objective on behalf of a charity or community organisation. This may involve developing a marketing campaign, organising an activity session for a group of service users, or hosting a fundraising event.
Volunteer Projects are also advertised on Volunteer Hub. You can search "Volunteer Project."
The volunteer hours you will be allocated will be the actual number of volunteering hours you do.
Ruwani chose to volunteer for the George House Trust, a charity that supports people living with or affected by HIV, running a project to raise awareness of HIV and HIV testing to other students. The group undertook a range of marketing activities including running a fundraising event, and launching the first ever AIDS Walk to raise awareness of the condition.
Ruwani enhanced her skills of project and time management, and also developed new key skills including event management, leadership, marketing and problem-solving skills.
She says “I would definitely recommend volunteering to all the students at the University. It really does challenge you and makes you look at things in a totally different way. Furthermore I have developed some great friendships through my volunteering projects. The people that I volunteered alongside on the projects were the most interesting, dedicated and nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet!"