Volunteering is an enjoyable way for you to make a difference. It provides a fantastic opportunity for you to develop key employability skills for your future career and to check out possible career paths, and most importantly of all, make new friends!

To see all the latest opportunities, click the 'View Volunteering Opportunities' button below. To start earning certificates for your volunteering milestones - use the 'Log Volunteering Hours' button.

Volunteers Share Their Experiences...

I decided to carry out my placement at the POD in Nechells because I was looking for a placement that focused on and met the needs of individuals in a community.

I also enjoy assisting and motivating individuals and working at the POD gives me the chance to do so. I enjoy the fact that I meet new people every day and I have the opportunity to voice ideas and new activities. Soton Manuel, Volunteer Activities Assistant, The POD
I wanted to do something or help someone, so one day I applied for a few volunteering opportunities and Beanstalk were first to reply back. They were very helpful and friendly.

Twice a week I go into the school and the children read to me or with me. The child picks the book they want and reads for around 20 minutes, and then there's a choice of games we play for around 10 minutes afterwards. Aqsa Shaheen, Volunteer Beanstalk Reading Helper, Blue Coat Church of England (A) Junior School

More Information

  • International Students and Volunteering

    People from the European Economic Area (EEA) are free to volunteer in the UK. The EEA countries are the countries of the European Union (EU) plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. If you are from outside this area and are on a Student Visitor (3 month/short term) visa you will unfortunately not be permitted to volunteer.

    If you are on a Tier 4 (long term) student visa and are a student from outside the EEA coming to the Birmingham City Students' Union then you are permitted to volunteer, however there are a few things you can do before you arrive to make the process a bit easier:

    1. Get a copy of your police record from your home country - It's not vital, however if you wish to volunteer on projects working with children or other people classed as 'vulnerable', it can help speed things up if you have a copy of your record. The project or organisation you are working for will apply for a UK police check on your behalf, so you should give them the police check from your home country when you go for your volunteer interview.
    2. Get contact details from two referees - Some of our projects ask for references for their volunteers. Before you come, ask two people you know if they can act as referees. These should be people who have known you for a minimum of six months and who are not related to you. It helps if you get an up to date postal and email address, phone and fax number. If possible, they should be able to read and write English. The organisation you are volunteering for will take their details and contact them to ask for a reference; they don't need to write one out in advance.
  • Volunteering Abroad

    It’s possible to combine volunteering with travelling abroad and it can be a really rewarding and beneficial experience. There are a lot of companies that organise and run experiences like this but it is worth bearing in mind that there is a fee for a lot of these which is sometimes quite substantial. Such opportunities involve a lot of factors, such as travelling abroad, accommodation requirements, transport, visa requirements, etc, it is more complicated than volunteering in the UK.

    Because of this Birmingham City University Students' Union are unable to look into individual overseas projects. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you do some research to decide if volunteering abroad sounds right for you.

  • Information for External Organisations

    If you are from an external organisation and would like to have a volunteering opportunity advertised to our students, please contact us - click here.

Did you know that this activity can be logged on your Graduate + Award?

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