Sustainability volunteering roles usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Stellify Award.
Whatever your environmental passon, the University has something for you. These include projects on locally-sources food, carbon reduction schemes and the opportunity to create your own actions from scratch!
If you’re passionate about encouraging fellow students to act sustainably, want to organise campaigns and get others involved in sustainability projects then become an Environmental Rep on your hall’s Residents’ Association. You’ll gain great experience of taking a lead on projects, campaigning, and making things happen. The Resident’s Associations also have Community Reps who help lead volunteering projects and campaigns.
Incredible Edible is a global movement about local produce. If you are enthusiastic about growing local, sustainable fresh food, then this is the volunteering opportunity for you! Incredible Edible Manchester transforms unused, derelict plots of land into edible plots that grow strawberries, gooseberries, courgettes, herbs and many more delicious things. You can work on plots across Manchester, clearing the site, building greenhouses and vegetable beds, and planting the variety of seeds so that a whole host of fresh produce can grow – and everyone in the local community is free to help themselves to the fresh food! This then helps people in food poverty to eat fresh and healthy foods.
Green Impact is a national environmental accreditation scheme which supports staff to improve their environmental credentials of their office. The project offers opportunities for student volunteers acting as environmental auditors and Green Impact Project Assistants.
Student auditors independently assess performance of the staff teams and award them Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on the progress they have made. The cycle ends in a Green Impact Award Ceremony which is an end of year celebration of all of the teams' collective efforts.
As a Green impact volunteer you can support a designated staff team to complete environmental sustainability actions throughout the year. There are opportunities to develop skills of project management, writing, art and design, events management and leadership in order to support and motivate staff to deliver Green Impact.
If you are keen to find a way to support environmental sustainability activity in the institution on a practical level this is a very hands-on way of making a real difference.
Want Not Waste is a student run zero waste shop. They provide loose food, beauty products and refills of student essentials like washing up liquid. Each month there is a new theme of sustainability, and events, workshops and talks are based on this. Their most popular example during the “sustainable fashion” theme was a good old clothes swap! Their aim is to make zero waste living accessible and affordable for students living on a budget. If you'd like to get involved with their activities, contact them on Facebook or head into the shop for more details.
Klaudia volunteers in the student-run zero-waste shop, Want Not Waste, based in the Students' Union. Her role involves helping in the shop as a shop assistant and coming up with ideas for events, which she then helps to run. She recently organised a clothes swap with another volunteer that raised over £200 for Labour behind the Label, a charity which supports the rights of those working in the garment industries.
"I volunteer at the shop because I care about the cause. I care about trying to reduce our waste in a world filled with the over consumption of poorly and unethically made products, and I want to make this lifestyle as accessible to people as possible. Also, it’s just so fun! The people I volunteer with are full of great ideas and enthusiasm and they make volunteering at the shop an absolute pleasure. The running of the shop is a big team effort, and for so many people to dedicate their time and energy to it is very special. In addition, volunteering here is a great opportunity to develop skills such as event planning and management."