Whether you’re looking for something productive to do in your spare or looking to get some extra experience for your CV, the world of volunteering can be a bit of a maze. The good news is, there’s plenty on offer in Birmingham to get your teeth stuck into so you’ll be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you have transferable skills and a willingness to work in no time. Here's a rundown of just some of the opportunities available.
Get involved at BCU Students Union
The best place to start with Student Volunteering Week is to get on board with the BCUSU events taking place across your campus. Volunteer fairs and roadshows at Margaret Street, City South, Conservatoire, City Centre and City North. At the Volunteer Fair at City South/North, you can speak to a range of organisations who offer volunteering opportunities and will be taking CV's on the day so you can apply for positions to boost your employability. Volunteer roadshows across all campuses will showcase the volunteering opportunities available from BCUSU, so if you want to volunteer but need a starting point, don’t miss these events.
A full list of events can be found on the BCUSU website.
Another one from - this opportunity has already been organised and is just awaiting some willing volunteers like you! Birmingham Foodbank is embarking on new projects and needs some help preparing their warehouse for the future. A really simple way to help out that will be really appreciated. Just bear in mind that you’ll need to book on to this.
Work with the National Trust
Fancy a volunteering opportunity with a difference? The National Trust (the people that maintain the UK’s heritage sights, like Stonehenge) three sites in and around Birmingham that take on regular volunteers. Wightwick Manor, Mosely Old Hall and Birmingham Back to Backs (the most popular Birmingham attraction according to Tripadvisor) are often looking for volunteers and advertise a range of roles from reception assistants to tour guides.
RAG (Raise and Give) Society
The RAG society is a completely student-led volunteering society that aims to raise money for a variety of charities. This can mean anything from bake sales, charity dress-up, organising raffles and more. Its great fun and an easy way to meet new people. The activities at RAG society are also something you could put on your CV, as the events, organisation and outreach help you develop a range of transferable skills.
Find something that's perfect for you
There are hundreds of volunteering vacancies available across the city with lots of different charities including sports coaching, caring, administration, research, youth work, conservation and more! Some will require a regular commitment while others may be one-off opportunities and there's bound to be something out there to suit you.
If you're a current BCU student, you can get in touch with our very own BCU Volunteering Team, who can offer support in helping you find a volunteering opportunity. The team also have a Volunteering Bulletin where students can search and apply for volunteering vacancies in the local area.
You can also see what’s available in Birmingham on the Do It website.