Volunteering from home 

We’re helping students to volunteer from home for the foreseeable future! All of the opportunities below will count towards the Stellify Award and Manchester Leadership Programme.

Please add these opportunities to Volunteer Hub using the ‘my independently sourced hours’ button. You can use the Volunteering Team email address (volunteers@manchester.ac.uk) as your organisation contact. We’ll need to see some evidence of your participation to be able to verify your hours, so we’d recommend taking screenshots to illustrate time spent on the platforms. You can email these over to us on the same email address (volunteers@manchester.ac.uk).


  • Zooniverse - a platform for people powered research where you can assist professional researchers. There are a huge variety of projects - from tagging photos of penguins to transcribing anti-slavery manuscripts.
  • Community Mapping Uganda - an initiative created by the Department of Geography at The University of Manchester in order to provide detailed maps of the Acholi region of North Uganda for humanitarian purposes.
  • iNaturalist – use the app or the website to upload images of wildlife and identify species you recognise. This contributes to a scientific understanding of what nature is thriving where.
  • Phrase Detectives - the University of Essex have created a game called "Phrase Detectives" that is being used to create a large resource of computer-friendly text that would otherwise be too time-consuming and expensive to produce.
  • Covid Message For All - a project to help everyone in the UK who may not understand English. It generates videos of the guidlines in various languages from around the world, however to reach as many people as possible, it needs many more people to volunteer. If you would like to get involved, contact @covidmessageforall on Instagram or through the Covid Message For All website
  • Librivox - a project where volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet.
  • Instant Wild - an initiative from the Zoological Society of London where you can take part in vital conservation work by identifying animals in images from around the world.
  • Missing Maps - a collaborative project where you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
  • Translators Without Borders - if you’re fluent in at least one language other than your native language, you can help with language and translation support for humanitarian and development agencies.
  • Post Pals - a small charity who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship.
  • UN Online Volunteers - contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.


We will keep looking out for great remote opportunities and will keep this page up to date with them.

Contact us

The Volunteering and Community Engagement Team                
The University of Manchester

Email: volunteers@manchester.ac.uk

Phone calls available by appointment. To make an appointment, please email us and we will reply to arrange with you.

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