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Volunteers week logoWhat is Volunteers Week?

Volunteers Week takes place 1 - 7 June every year. It's a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.  

If you have a few hours to spare, why not make the most of that time by volunteering!

Age UK Guinness World Record attempt volunteers

Age UK have teamed up with the world's biggest and best tribute band music festival, ‘Glastonbudget’ to attempt a Guinness World Record attempt of the most people wearing paper crowns. Enthusiastic volunteers are needed to help with the smooth running of this exciting Guinness World Record attempt by being event stewards.

The time and day of the attempt is on Friday 3 June at 4.45pm at Glastonbudget 2022.

Queen’s Jubilee event volunteers, hosted by Live Cancer Free

Live Cancer Free are looking for friendly and helpful volunteers to assist in setting up and decorating the venue hall that will be used to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. Other tasks will include helping during the event, which will be held on Friday 3 June, at the Afro Caribbean Centre, Leicester, LE2 0UA.

Gardens and Ground Volunteering at the Botanic Garden, Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicestershire 

Help the University's Garden and Grounds Team keep the gardens looking beautiful. This a great practical and outdoor opportunity to volunteer with a friendly team. Tasks may include: weeding and watering, planting, leaf collection, pruning and greenhouse work.

Date: Thursday 9 June, 10.00am - 1.00pm.

Please email Adam Tester (at244@leicester.ac.uk) if you’d like to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Childhood Day Fundraisers for the NSPCC

You’ll be part of a team collecting donations, chatting to the public and spreading the word about Childhood Day and the NSPCC. Depending on your collection you will either have a bucket, or a contactless device to collect donations. This will only involve a few hours of your time.

Once you have signed up you will be given all the details you need, and your Collection Leader will be in touch with you a week before to give you specific information. All the materials and T-shirt (if requested) will be provided to you on the day. All you need to do is turn up!

The date of this fundraising activity is Friday 10 June at the Town Hall, Leicester City Centre.

If you have any questions, please email CHDVolunteering@NSPCC.org.uk.

Latest volunteering opportunities

Summer 2022 opportunities (July - August) 

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers, organised by Leicester City Council

As a Reading Challenge Volunteer, you will be encouraging and supporting children to read during those long summer holidays. You’ll be helping to give children in Leicester a summer filled with the magic of books. You might also have the opportunity to support other events over the summer in local libraries.

Museum Visitor Survey Volunteers for Leicester City Council

This role will involve assisting with taking visitor surveys at Leicester City Council’s museum sites. There is also the opportunity to input data from visitor surveys as part of the central museums team. 

You’ll be surveying the general public about their experience within the museum, inputting data from visitor surveys and more.

Photographic Archive Volunteers for Leicester City Council

If you are interested in the photographic record of a city changing over 70 years this might be the perfect volunteering opportunity for you. The archive team at Leicester City Council are creating a digital archive that is being used in exhibitions, online and across the city on heritage panels. Leicester City Council are looking for volunteers to assist in building a digital archive of historic pictures of the city of Leicester.

Royal Voluntary Service 

Royal Voluntary Service mobilises volunteers in every corner of Britain to support people in need and the NHS. RVS volunteers work with healthcare teams and in communities providing practical help and emotional support when people are struggling to cope.  

It is quick and easy to find what volunteering opportunities are in your area by searching the Royal Voluntary Service’s website.

The Trussell Trust Social Media Advocate and Customer Service Volunteer

The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. Search for the latest home based or in person roles.

Food bank donations

The Trussell Trust foodbank currently needs non-perishable items for their community food outlets.  

The foods in most need include: rice, tinned meat, sanitary products, UHT milk, canned or packet soup, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned fish, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauces, breakfast cereals.

Food collection points on campus are in:

  • FJB reception
  • MSB reception
  • RKCSB 5th floor room 541
  • Adrian building room 214
  • DWL reception
  • Nixon Court
  • ECS Office

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to a food bank and please keep donating if you can.

LOROS Twilight Walk event volunteers

LOROS Hospice is pleased to announce that their annual Twilight Walk is returning on Saturday 28 May 2022 from 3.30pm onwards at the King Power Stadium and various locations along the route.

Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers are needed to help in a variety of roles such as marshalling, set up and finish line attendants, car parking stewards, fundraising and more.

To sign up as an event volunteer, please email EventVolunteers@loros.co.uk.

Glastonbudget event volunteers for LOROS

Glastonbudget are proud to be supporting the Leicestershire and Rutland Charity LOROS, who provide free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers across Leicestershire and Rutland.

Glastonbudget is a three-day music festival that takes place at Turnpost Farm in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, England. The event this year will take place on 2, 3 and 4 June.  

Volunteers are needed to help raise awareness of LOROS, raise money on a games stall and this will also involve walking around the site with a collection bucket. If you are confident talking to the public about LOROS, happy to manage money and also enjoy music, please email fundraising@loros.co.uk if you are available on one or more of the following dates: 

  • Thursday 2 June: 5 volunteers 10.30am – 3.00pm
  • Thursday 2 June: 5 volunteers 2.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Friday 3 June: 5 volunteers 10.30am – 3.00pm
  • Friday 3 June: 5 volunteers 2.30pm – 7.00pm
  • Sunday 4 June: 5 volunteers 10.30am – 3.00pm
  • Sunday 4 June: 5 volunteers 2.30pm – 7.00pm

Those who help at the event will be given a day pass to enjoy the music at your leisure once you have finished (or before) volunteering on the LOROS stand. Plus, if music is your thing and you’re interested in helping the whole day or over the whole weekend and wish to camp over a night or two, LOROS can look into that too. 

Park Run event volunteers, Victoria Park, Leicester

Park Runs are free, weekly, community events all around the world. 

Volunteers make parkrun happen. They do all of the high-profile tasks at the event like marshalling, timing, result recording, setting up the running course and more, as well as all the behind-the-scenes roles too. 

Whatever you want to do, there is a role for you. To volunteer during a Saturday morning Park Run, you would need to register by the Thursday before, so your name can be added to the volunteer rota in advance. Email leicestervictoria@parkrun.com to help.

Action Tutoring

Volunteering as a tutor with Action Tutoring is an easy and rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people living in your community. It’s your chance to give back, share your skills and boost your CV.

By volunteering for just one hour a week, you will directly support disadvantaged pupils to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future, as well as developing your own skills.  

Find out more and apply

Leicestershire Cares opportunity for staff

Leicestershire Cares runs a highly successful programme of interview techniques for year 10 and 11 students in secondary schools and colleges across the city and county. Business volunteers deliver mock interviews with students in order to develop their confidence and the key skills needed to succeed at future interviews.

University of Leicester staff members who are interested in volunteering can view upcoming sessions and locations on the Leicestershire Cares website.  

Inspire others with your volunteer story

If you would like to share your story of your volunteering experience and how volunteering has helped you please email volunteer@le.ac.uk 

How can volunteering help you and others?  

Caitlin Wake, 2021 Graduate told us about her volunteering experiences and how they enhanced her experiences while at the University of Leicester. 

“My volunteering experience has been immensely invaluable, rewarding, and enjoyable!

My first taste of volunteering at university was participating in ‘Make a Difference in schools,’ whereby I volunteered in local primary schools to help children make various crafts related to the Diwali festival.  I also took part in ‘Make a Difference in the Community’ which involved volunteering in local care homes to support and help their residents in making Christmas themed crafts. I really enjoyed these experiences and they led me to decide to train to become a Peer Mentor, as I wanted to be able to offer longer term support to others and this seemed to be the best way as a student to go about doing this.

Volunteering has allowed me to acquire a variety of skills by allowing me to take on duties and responsibilities that I did not have before.”

These are the amazing benefits of volunteering: 

  • Volunteering can help you to make new friends and meet likeminded people  
  • Volunteering is a valuable way to develop and enhance your skills and boost your employability prospects  
  • Volunteering looks great on your CV and on applications  
  • Volunteering is good for your mind and body – it’s beneficial for your mental and physical health 
  • Volunteering has an enormously positive impact in the community  

No previous experience is needed to volunteer. You just need to be able to offer a bit of your time and be willing to make a difference.

If you would like to receive email notifications about new volunteering opportunities, or have any questions about volunteering, please email volunteer@le.ac.uk to be added to our mailing list.

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