Student Volunteering Week

Monday 12 - Sunday 18 February 2024

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

We host lots of exciting events for Student Volunteering Week which takes place each year in February. 

Student Volunteering Week 2024 is happening from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 February 2024. 

If you can't wait for the next Student Volunteering Week and you're eager to get involved in volunteering now, join one of our Volunteer Days throughout the academic year. 

To give you an idea of the events and initiatives that took place during the last Student Volunteering Week in February 2023, please see below:

Monday 13 February

Get Into Volunteering is a space where you can discover a variety of volunteering opportunities available to you. You’ll get to chat with the leaders of volunteering projects and ask any questions you may have, chat to staff about your Stellify award and find out about fundraising events happening this year too!

Tickets are free. If you have any questions, please email

Have you got any questions about Stellify? 

If so, drop by and meet our dedicated Stellify team who will be able to assist you with any Stellify queries that you have. 

The Homeless Outreach Project is dedicating Student Volunteering Week to new prospective members. Typical sessions include meeting at the Students' Union and handing out hot chocolate, tea, and coffee around Manchester City Centre for around two hours.

Contact our project leaders at for any questions.


Tuesday 14 February

The Homeless Outreach Project is dedicating Student Volunteering Week to new prospective members. Typical sessions include meeting at the Students' Union and handing out hot chocolate, tea, and coffee around Manchester City Centre for around two hours.

Contact project leaders Madeline and Adalberto at for any questions.

Sign up here to get involved

Although this event is taking place from 11am to 3pm on the day, the Volunteering Team will be there from 12 noon to 2pm to answer any of your volunteering queries.

Pop along to the sweet shop on the ground floor of University Place to find more about volunteering as well as a range of other options including:

• Student Experience Internships
• Manchester Graduate Talent (final year students only)
• Work experience
• Part-time jobs

You can also travel back in time and grab some Pick 'n' Mix sweets whilst you are there and go back to the present to enter a competition to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

No need to book. Just come along on the day - we look forward to meeting you!

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 Valentine's Day, Tuesday 14 February between 1pm and 3pm. 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. 

Please note: This event is now full. Everyone who has applied has received a confirmation email with further details. 

Wednesday 15 February

Drop into the Atrium on 1st floor of University Place and enjoy free hot drinks and breakfast items on us between 8.30am – 10:00am, until stocks last. Get warm and comfy in our cosy campus soft seating, settle down and enjoy a free breakfast.

What better way to start your day if you are planning to go along and get involved in Big Volunteer Day...

Big Volunteer Day is back for Student Volunteering Week 2023! We’ll be working with Ardwick Climate Action to make a positive impact on the local community and environment, which is located directly behind our University campus (so its only a five minute walk away). 

You can join us anytime in the day between 10am-3pm. 

As a team we will be hedge planting, greening up community spaces and building bird and bat boxes, as well as lots of other activities. Together we will be helping combat air polution in the local area, as well as improving the area for local residents, wildlife and for everyone passing by!  You can see what’s in store for you in this video.

Thursday 16 February

Whitworth Park is close to the University campus and the Whitworth Art Gallery, one of Manchester's greatest cultural assets.

For this Volunteer Day we will be working with the Friends of Whitworth Park to help maintain the Ken Shone Centre Circle for the community to use.

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

Our international volunteering projects are launching for summer 2023! Find out about overseas volunteering opportunities and how you can get involved.

The session will outline this year’s international volunteering programme including Team Rwanda and our Trusted Partners. We will discuss things to consider when volunteering overseas and funding available this year. 

Once a Month is an initiative that aims to tackle period poverty in our community by donating bags with period and hygiene products to different charities across Manchester.

Everyone is welcome to join us in our packing sessions where we pack bags while talking and listening to music. 

It’s 2023 and many people in Manchester and the rest of the UK are struggling to afford the basic essentials. To us this feels completely wrong.

Join the Zoom on Thursday 23rd February to meet staff from the Fallowfield and Withington Foodbank and find out how to get involved in our new partnership project - Foodbank Champions – a team of student volunteers who will work on projects to support and empower people who are having to make difficult choices between heating and eating due to the cost-of-living crisis.


Friday 17 February

One Manchester is a local housing association that manages 12,500 homes in central, south and east Manchester. It is commited to working to improve the community for all, especially in the neighbourhoods it manages homes. 

One Manchester has organised a  Community Clean Up in Hulme on Friday 17 February from 10am - 1pm, and are inviting you to get involved. Volunteers are needed to knock on customers doors and help take household items to the skip.They are also looking for people who can litter pick. All equipment will be provided.

Join us for a 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.

Want Not Waste Sustainability Talk, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, Room 2.2 Students' Union

Want Not Waste is a student-run, not-for-profit zero waste shop operating out of Academy 1 at the Students' Union. It aims to make sustainable living accessible to all, by providing dried goods, cleaning products, and lifestyle products from local and student-run businesses at a low price.

It also runs recycling schemes through Terracycle, a successful blog, and sustainability talks and workshops! 

As young people, most of us are aware of sustainability. Many of us do what we can to be a more sustainable individual. We consume less, recycle more, reuse what we have etc. But how can we influence the lives around us to create a more sustainable world? Through thissustainability talk, Want Not Waste hopes to give advice on how to have a sustainable impact on others at a personal level, a team level, and a company-wide level. By the end, you should take away at least one thing you can implement in at least one aspect of your life.


Saturday 18 February

Incredible Edible is a student-led group that aims to raise awareness of environmental issues, food justice and sustainability by cultivating organic vegetables and herbs around for the local community to use free of charge. 

Fancy learning a little about bringing new plant life into the world? In this workshop we'll guide you through the process of producing plants from both cuttings and seeds. As an attendee, you will get to take home a planted pot to grow on your own windowsill!


Thank you to all our student volunteers

Our community partners and University colleagues want to say a special thank you to you all.