What is classed as volunteering?

Volunteering is any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the community, environment or individuals who are not related to you.


Would you like to make new friends, have fun or do something that benefits others or the environment?

Maybe you’d like to apply the learning from your course or build your skills and enhance your Professional profile?  

Volunteering can help you do all this and more! 

Volunteering Project Days

If you’d like to give volunteering a go, we run a variety of individual project days where we organise free transport from each campus and take you out somewhere to volunteer for the day. These have included volunteering at Wetheriggs Animal Sanctuary, out on the fells with the National Trust, Salt Ayre Activities day for children with disabilities and many more.

Student Led Projects

If you would like to create your own volunteering project we can give you advice and support on setting this up and can offer funding towards travel and resources. Previous projects have included the Eco Schools Project, an ICT project for local residents and a community Arts project where students interested in art invited local people on to campus to teach them about drawing, painting and photography. Click here for a one page guide to running your own project. 

Volunteering with local organisations

Once you are registered as a volunteer through our website, you will be able to apply to volunteer at different organisations. Lots of places will offer travel expenses however please read through the information to double check what expenses are covered as some charities are unable to to do this. 

Volunteering - Step 1

Register as a volunteer

After you have registered and created your profile, Suvolunteering will send you an email with all the info you need, including regular bulletins and an hours sheet to record all the time you spend volunteering whilst you’re a student. These hours all count towards your UCSU Volunteering Certificate, signed by the Vice Chancellor of the University and Community and Partnership Officer. 

If you have something specific in mind or you like the sound of an opportunity and it's not in your area please email SUvolunteering@cumbria.ac.uk  with the details and we will look for an alternative/bespoke volunteering opportunity for you. 

  • You may also want to consider the University's Career Ahead Award - all your volunteering counts towards the award and there's loads of extra benefits to you and your career development. 
  • If you think you may like to start your own volunteering project, such as teaching art to children, teaching local residents ICT, conversation classes with international students/local residents, whatever your ideas, then please get in touch as we can help you get your project started. Email SUvolunteering@cumbria.ac.uk to discuss further or to arrange to meet.  You can also read the guide to starting your own project here

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