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Volunteering will help you meet new friends, have loads of fun, boost your CV and get a well-earned break from your university work.

Whatever you’re passionate about, there's a volunteering opportunity that's right for you. Below are just a few of the ways you can make a difference:

Volunteers with older people

Older People

  • Parkinson's UK - help with community mapping or be a volunteer educator
  • Be an ambassador, shop assistant or reach out to isolated older people with Age NI
  • Answer the call to be a helpline operator for Action on Elder Abuse


Conservation and Community


Homework club volunteer with and student

Young people/mentoring

  • Code Club - help kids from 9-11 with coding
  • Childline - make a real difference by just listening
  • Concern Debates - be a debate adjudicator for GCSE and A-Level students
  • Extern - make a positive impact by support young people in identifying personal goals and objectives, and helping them achieve these
  • You could be a creche volunteer or holiday camp leader with Wee Chicks


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  • Help out with events, gardening, admin and befriending with MindWise
  • Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke need help with their activity groups and for fundraising and events
  • Pack shopping and make a difference for Dementia NI
  • Extern - promote positive physical health, mental health, and social inclusion amongst 11-25 year olds

Global Opportunities

  • Volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America with VSO/ICS
  • Psychology students can volunteer in Bali and Sri lanka with SLV. Global
  • Climb Kilimanjaro or volunteer in India or Nepal with QUB RAG

Contact the Volunteer SU team if you would like to volunteer with any of the organisations above or to be matched with a suitable volunteering opportunity.

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Sinead volunteers with the Homework Club and Enactus, a university society that sets up small social enterprises both locally and internationally.

“Volunteering with Enactus has honestly been the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve worked with ex-convicts, refugees, asylum seekers, the homeless community and teenage girls, and this year have become Vice-President of Enactus Belfast. I’ve gained so much experience that my degree alone could not have given me, and made friends who I would not have met had it not been for volunteering. If you’re not volunteering already, all I have to say is go for it, whether your first year or final year, there’s so many different organisations, just waiting for someone like you to come along!”

5 Things I Love About Volunteering

If the feel-good factor is not enough for you see how volunteering can get you rewarded:

Homework club volunteers

Would you like to help local children and young people improve their study skills, build their confidence and raise their aspirations about further and higher education?

The Homework Club Programme gives Queen’s University volunteers the chance to provide homework support to children and young people who live in areas of educational underachievement. 

Homework Clubs is a perfect opportunity for you to make a positive change in your community, get involved in something rewarding and gain hands-on experience for your personal and professional development.

Inspiring leaders

Are you a volunteer in a position of leadership?

Inspiring Leaders explores the who, what, why and how of leadership, the difference between management and leadership, understanding the communication styles of yourself and others and how you can motivate, encourage and inspire others.

It offers you the chance to meet Leaders from different walks of life, identify your personal leadership style, take part in a team challenge and can help you; increase understanding of yourself as a leader, enhance your personal development, strengthen your leadership skills and translate your volunteering experiences into employability skill.

Handiwork volunteers

Degree plus 

Queen’s University Degree Plus gives you recognition for the knowledge and skills you develop by carrying out extracurricular activities like volunteering. It is open to you if you are a full or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught student and will be awarded at graduation.

Millennium Volunteers

Millennium Volunteers is a national programme which also recognises volunteering. If you are between 14 and 25, are already volunteering, or would like to start you can sign up to the programme.
It will look amazing on your CV!

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Prestige volunteers

Endorsed by Queen’s Students’ Union and for students aged 26+. As a Prestige volunteer you'll receive a certificate after your first 50, 100, and 200 hours of volunteering which recognises the valuable efforts you are making in your community as well as the training and skills you've gained.

On-campus Voluntering

Make sure that your volunteering efforts on campus are rewarded. There are many types of volunteering that you can be a part of, from being a Club/Society Committee member, a School, Course or Class Rep or by helping out at a chaplaincy.

Limited free time?  Want to meet people? There's something for everyone:

Handy Helpers at Christmas


One-off voluntering opportunities

Be a Handy helper

Cleaning volunteers


International Student Volunteering

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Volunteer with The Graduate School

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