There are three ways to get involved with Volunteering:
Give Volunteering a Go
Give Volunteering a Go offers one-off opportunities for you to try your hand at volunteering, even if you have never volunteered before. A trained student team leader, known as a Volunteering Champion, will meet you and your fellow volunteers at a point on campus, take you to the opportunity and be there to support you throughout the day. You can volunteer at as many of these opportunities as you like, but each is no longer than one day's commitment. When you find one you like, click 'I am interested in this opportunity' and Sam from the Students' Union Volunteering team will get in touch with you.
Find all of our Give Volunteering a Go opportunities here.
Volunteer with our Partner Organisations
We have over 200 charity and non-profit partners who offer quality volunteering opportunities all year round. They advertise one-off events as well as regular placements so there is something to suit all interests and time commitments. Once you have set up your volunteer profile you can browse all opportunities and filter them to suit you. When you find one you like, click 'I am interested in this opportunity' and the organisation will get in touch with you.
Find all opportunities from our partner organisations here.
Volunteer with our Volunteering Groups
Our Volunteering Groups are entirely student-led. Queen Mary students organise and run activities out in the local community and make a positive difference. You can volunteer alongside like-minded students by joining an existing Volunteering Group or even starting your own.
Find out more about our Volunteering Groups here.
After volunteering, make sure you log your hours to be eligible for volunteering awards. Find out more about Students' Union Volunteering by clicking the buttons below.
Got a question? Email Sam and Isha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering during COVID-19
Please do remember though that you should always follow the most up-to-date information provided by Public Health England and the government. Prioritising safety is always the most important thing, so please do consider this with any activity you take part in.
There are loads of ways you can get involved with volunteering from the comfort of your own home. These are just a few suggestions for you: Zooniverse, Be My Eyes, Instant Wild, Missing Maps and Freerice.
Queen Mary COVID-19 Support Group
A community support group that has been set-up to help students and staff both past and present who are currently struggling due to COVID-19. This may because they are self-isolating and living away from home, vulnerable and unable to leave the house or working longer hours in their roles as key workers. You can find out more here if you need help or want to volunteer.
East London Cares
East London Cares are currently running an emergency match-funded appeal to help older members of the community stay connected. You can donate to the appeal here and also email members of their team with poems/drawings/letters to send to older neighbours, click here to email them.
Donate whilst you shop
We know that you may now be doing much of your shopping online now, but you can still give back! Log onto smile.amazon whilst you shop and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase to a charity of your choice! You can give back whilst you are getting your essentials.
Donate to a foodbank
Foodbanks are currently running low on supplies, can you spare some goods or toiletries? We have found a list of foodbanks in the central/east London areas that you can donate for, check out their websites to find out the types of items they are accepting and when you can drop them off.
Sign a petition
There are many ways that you can support people who need it at this time with just a few clicks! It is really easy to sign a petition & you can find a list of petitions on the parliament website or change.org. You could even take it further and write a letter to your local MP about an issue that matters to you.