Student Volunteering Week

Monday 7 - Sunday 13 February 2022

Student Volunteering Week is an annual event that celebrates student volunteering in all its glory!

This year we’re hosting lots of exciting events, including information sessions and a chance to volunteer every day. To find out more and sign up for the events, see below.

Monday 7 February

Are your New Year's Resolutions to give some more kindness, make more friends and get involved in Uni life?

From children's mentoring to night-time safety, sustainability initiatives to working with homeless people, there's a project for everyone in volunteering. Whether you're going for your Stellify award, working on your CV, or wanting to get to know Manchester, come to the Get Into Volunteering event 2.0 to meet the student project leaders, and find out about all the ways you could get involved in volunteering.

Get Into Volunteering will be hosted in the SU exhibition space and the Nest, on the ground floor of the Students' Union building. The building has an access ramp and a lift. If you have any access requirements that you would like to communicate before the event please contact the Volunteering & Fundaising team at volunteering.su@manchester.ac.uk before the event.

Tea/Coffee and sweet treats (for all dietary requirements) provided!

If you have any questions, please email volunteering.su@manchester.ac.uk

Join Once a Month for their February Pack!

We need all hands on deck to pack up hundreds of toiletries and sanitary items that are then given to homeless women, or women on the brink of homelessness, through homelessness charities.

Once a Month is an award winning, student group which aims to tackle period poverty and taboos around periods. Don't miss out on this event and chance to hear more about issues and solutions to homelessness.

Sign up via Volunteer Hub here: https://find-volunteering.manchester.ac.uk/opportunity/result/40986

* This events counts as volunteering hours *

Email onceamonth.sa@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Tuesday 8 February

As part of Student Volunteering Week, the Volunteering Team invites you to take part in Post Pals' mission to make a 'card, a letter or even a gift and give a poorly child's face a much needed lift', by coming along to The School of Creativity in the Whitworth Art Gallery on Tuesday 8 February between 2pm and 4pm. Here, you will have the chance to relax and unwind after an arduous exam season by making cards and writing letters to the post pals!

Arts and craft materials will be provided by the University so all you need is yourself and a can-do attitude!

As the event will take place in a gallery space, hot drinks and food of any kind are strictly prohibited. However, the gallery café is open until 5pm where you can buy refreshments. 

To sign up, go to the advert on Volunteer Hub

This session will be open to all students; a chance for you to relax and unwind with calm instrumental music, origami, and meeting other students.

You’ll be able to find out more about our Wellbeing projects, as well as take a break!

Wednesday 9 February

Big Volunteer Day is back for Student Volunteering Week 2022! With your help we’ll be cleaning and greening an area of Moss Side. You can join us anytime in the day between 10am-3p. Why not invite your course mates, housemates or society to join in the fun?

Sign up on Volunteer Hub for more information and to let us know you’re coming (so that we know how many biscuits to buy!)

We’ll be based on Ossory Street in Moss Side (less than a 20 minute walk from Main Campus and around the corner from Whitworth Art Gallery), where there will be a variety of different tasks to get stuck into. As a team we will be cleaning up the area and tidying up a beautiful garden – improving the space for local residents, wildlife and for everyone passing by!

We’ll be joining forces with local residents, but we need as many volunteers as possible so that we can complete all the tasks we have planned! You can see what’s in store for you in this video.

Thursday 10 February

Join Zoom meeting to come along and volunteer.

Join us for an online volunteering session to support Community Mapping by mapping remote settlements in Uganda to make it easier for healthcare and prosthetic limbs to be delivered.

Community Mapping is an organisation based in the School of Environment, Education and Development at The University of Manchester. Its goal is to create maps of previously un-mapped areas of the world, in order to help address chronic humanitarian crises. These free maps have been used for all sorts of purposes, including the installation of internet connections, medical programmes and the creation of new water supplies across the region.

This session will allow you to gain an hour of community volunteering that can be used to count towards the Stellify Award.

Before attending, please complete the student registration form on Volunteer Hub.

The Whitworth Art Gallery is one of Manchester's greatest cultural assets and is driven by a mission to work with communities to use art for positive social change. It aims to actively address what matters most in people’s lives. In recent years it has reconnected with its park (Whitworth Park), providing communal gardens and outdoor programmes.

For this Volunteer Morning we will be working with the gallery's Landscape and Sustainability Technician to help maintain the communal gardens for the community to use. This will include some weeding on the mounded area in the community garden

This is an ideal opportunity if you have an interest in art and nature and enjoy getting outside in the fresh air!

To find out more and sign up to take part in this event, go to the advert on Volunteer Hub

Our international volunteering projects are set to re-launch for summer 2022! Find out about overseas volunteering opportunities as they start to open up again across the world and how you can get involved.

The session will outline this year’s international volunteering programme including Team Rwanda, Think Pacific, Play Action International, Kaya Responsible Travel and Travelteer. It will also include remote and Manchester-based opportunities, a sustainable way to make a difference overseas, including volunteering with BHZ Connection and S.A.L.V.E. International.

We will discuss things to consider when travelling in the pandemic and funding available this year. You’ll also have the chance to meet one of our Trusted Partners and ask questions.

Come along to find out more!

Join Outreach for their first ever Winter pack.

Help pack up Winter items, such as hats, scarves and sleeping bags to be handed out to homeless people on the streets of Manchester.

Outreach is an award winning student group which aims to tackle the isolation many homeless people feel. They will be handing out Winter packs to help homeless people protect themselves from the cold, this February.

All items will be pre-bought, we just need YOU to help us pack it up in bags ready to be handed out by the Outreach team!

Sign up for this event via Volunteer Hub here.

* This events counts as volunteering hours *

Email homeless.outreach2@outlook.com if you have any questions.

Friday 11 February

Join RAG on the 1ST RAID OF THE YEAR!!

Bucket collection fundraiser for Manchester Mind!

If you want to start off the year by getting involved in some volunteering and fundraising, this is a great (and sociable!) opportunity for you.

On Friday 11 February we'll meet at 11.30am in the Nest (located on ground floor of the Students' Union) before heading out as a team to St Anne's Square, in the city centre with fundraising buckets.

Manchester Mind is a local charity supporting better mental health. It provides a 24/7 support hotline, a self-care hub, food program and lots more!

Join the team and to log your RAID volunteering hours by heading to the sign up on Volunteer Hub.

AND if you can't attend but want to support in another way, you can donate via the RAG Manchester Just Giving page.  

Join Incredible Edible Manchester, the Students' Union student-led sustainability gardening group, for a gardening workshop.

Come, relax and enjoy learning how to make your very own terrarium to take home.

All equipment will be supplied.

Get your free ticket here to guarantee your spot!

Thank you to all our student volunteers

As volunteers you are all brilliant, donating your free time to give to the community to help the environment or other people locally, nationally or on the other side of the world. Our community partners and University colleagues want to say a special thank you to you all.