University of Hull Volunteering

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University of Hull Volunteering

University of Hull Volunteering


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Volunteering can give you a wide range of experience and help develop skills, such as communication skills, team-working, leadership and problem-solving, as well as extend your network of contacts.

Please bear in mind that it can take time to match you with opportunities, and you may need to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, which can also take time, so apply well in advance. Competition for volunteering opportunities can be quite fierce so make sure you make the best application you can.

Search for local organisations, which recruit volunteers. Some ideas are listed below.  You can also generate your own opportunities, for example, contact schools directly to find out if you can gain some classroom experience.

Don’t forget that you can often volunteer to help out at local events e.g. music, comedy and literary festivals, both at the University, in the wider area and in your local area during vacations. Find out what is happening in your area, and contact organisers.

Not all opportunities will be advertised. Consider a more direct approach to charities and not for profit organisations to generate opportunities or make speculative enquiries/applications. Use any contacts you make have, such as friends or family.



HUSSO volunteering – the University of Hull has one of the best Students’ Union Community organisations and volunteering hubs in UK universities, HUSSO, which offers a range of volunteering opportunities.

Do-it – search this database of opportunities, based on location, type of opportunity, and your availability in terms of days and times. Opportunities range from retail volunteering to supporting people with disabilities, from play-workers to administrators, from fund-raising to organising events.

Volunteering England and CVS Volunteer Centres – if you prefer to speak to someone about local opportunities, there is a regular drop-in service at the at The Strand, 75 Beverley Road, Hull. T. 01483 324474 and the Volunteer Centre in Scarborough at Allatt House, 5 West Parade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 5ED T. 01723 362205.

ELDIS – Portal of volunteer opportunities and volunteer websites

VInspired  – for 16 and 25 year olds – opportunities and gaining recognition for volunteering.

CVS – Community and Voluntary Service or CVS. Opportunities for volunteering across a range of projects in various locations across the UK.

Do something brilliant – new Lottery funded initiative to encourage volunteering.

Other local opportunities

These are a small selection of available opportunities locally:

Waters’ Edge Country Park – conservation work experience opportunities, to maintain and protect the park, taking part in either day-to-day duties or the ‘Park Watch Scheme’.

Emmaus – marketing, campaigns, social enterprise, retail and e-commerce roles available to support homelessness charity

Circles UK look for volunteers to work in a local project relating to sex offenders –Circles of Support

SOVA – National volunteer mentoring organisation working with the socially and economically disadvantaged in the local area.

Goodwin Trust – Wide range of projects working in four key areas: Health, Social Care and Wellbeing – e.g. Doula Project, Children & Young People – e.g. Children’s Centres, Employment, Education & Training and Safer & Stronger Communities – e.g. community wardens

Hull & East Yorkshire Mind – Mentors

Hull Samaritans – Listeners – Working to provide emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

COMPASS – helping to solve drug and alcohol abuse

ARKH – drop-ins and befriending on asylum seekers

Walker Street Contact Centre – Providing supervised contact

Humberside Police – Community Engagement Team/Special Constable opportunities. Apply via the Do it website above

Shannon Trust – prison reading initiatives

Relate – relationship counselling

NACRO – National Association for the Care and resettlement of offenders. Nearest projects in Sheffield and Bradford

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – opportunities for conservation.

Go to Work Placements – paid work opportunities

International opportunities

The University of Hull provides support for a number of international placement/volunteering opportunities, including some of those listed below.  Go to International placements to find out more.

Be aware that some of the volunteering opportunities listed below may charge you to participate, and you may need to pay for flights and accommodation.

Kenyan Orphan Project – offers a scheme “Charity Apprentice” a part-time year long course including a months stay in East Africa

SKIP Peru – SKIP is a UK, US and Peruvian registered charity working in the impoverished districts of El Porvenir and Alto Trujillo. Find out more about their placements.  Click to view the PowerPoint presentation here

International Service (ICS) is an international development charity, which supports people in practical ways to understand their rights and put them into action. They have a young people’s overseas volunteering scheme offering 12-week placements that give young adults the chance to make a positive difference to the lives some of the world’s poorest communities. This is a great opportunity to learn about life in another country, work on real-life development projects, and develop important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication and decision-making.

Balloon Kenya – work with entrepreneurs to change lives.

Concordia volunteers

(VSO) Voluntary Service Overseas is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Seek: volunteer specialists, such as medics and teachers for 6 months to 2 years. Require qualified professionals with post-qualification experience, and have opportunities for people between 18-25 years in their Global Exchange and Youth for Development Schemes.

UN Volunteers – contributes to peace and development through volunteering worldwide. The Programme is active in around 130 countries every year.

Ist Plus – teach English overseas, for example the Ist Plus ‘Volunteer Thailand’ programme. Some opportunities are paid, but you may be charged a fee. Ist Plus operates in Australia, China, New Zealand, USA, Thailand and Singapore.

Read International – collection of books and establishment of libraries in East Africa

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy – voluntary Internships in Berlin

AIESEC – opportunities to work and volunteer overseas

EU Youth Volunteering Portal – lists of Volunteering Programmes

Book Bus – charity dedicated to improving child literacy in the developing world by providing books and a mentoring service to children from disadvantaged backgrounds

Go to Work Overseas – paid work opportunities

UNA Exchange – opportunities in 60 countries (inc India, Japan, Iceland, Kenya)

Original Volunteers – opportunities in teaching, medical, nursing, working with children etc in a range of countries including Africa, Asia, America and Europe.

View also our Work overseas pages.



Read Tom’s story about how volunteering helped him develop invaluable skills, confidence and contacts.  Read Tom’s story here.

Why volunteer?


Volunteering can contribute significantly to the development of employability skills, such as communication skills, team-working and organisational skills.

Volunteering work often provides opportunities and a level of responsibility, which you might not obtain from part-time, paid work.

  • Volunteering can help you to develop your network of contacts.
  • Volunteering can help you to gain self-confidence and develop new interests.
  • Volunteering helps your local community and benefits others.
  • Volunteering can be very rewarding.
  • Volunteering adds to your CV and helps it stand out from others.
  • Volunteering enables you to meet new and interesting people.
  • Volunteering makes you feel good.
  • Volunteering is good fun!