Where to find volunteering opportunities

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There are so many benefits to volunteering, especially if you’re applying for placements or graduate roles. However, we appreciate it’s a little tricky to find volunteering opportunities at the moment. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some current volunteering roles you can apply for. Hopefully you’ll spot something that’s right up your street!


NHS Volunteer Responders

Volunteer Responders have been set up to support the NHS and the social care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. The volunteers will support vulnerable people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Doctors, nurses, those working in local authorities and other professionals, will be able to refer people to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer. Find out more and apply.

St John Ambulance: NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Volunteer

St John Ambulance responds to health emergencies, supports communities, and saves lives. They are currently working with the NHS to support the delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine. They have a range of non-patient facing roles to support roles and vaccinator roles. Find out more and apply.

Solo Life Opportunities

The aim of Solo Life Opportunities is to empower people with learning disabilities to achieve their full potential and encourage their integration in society. Find out more about their volunteering opportunities and apply.

Birmingham City Council: COVID-19 Community Champions

COVID-19 and the various measures taken to manage the virus and protect us, continue to impact everyone in Birmingham. It’s now more important than ever to ensure that Birmingham residents stay up-to-date with the latest guidance and advice, which aims to keep us as safe as possible. The COVID-19 Community Champion network is made up of volunteers across all 69 wards in the city and will help residents to stay up-to-date with how to protect themselves and others against the virus. Find out more and apply.

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust volunteers

Birmingham Community Healthcare are looking for people who can spare a few hours a week, usually between 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday. They’re particularly interested to speak to applicants who can work at the following hospitals and healthcare locations: West Heath Hospital, Moseley Hall Hospital, Perry Tree Centre and Ann Marie Howes Centre. Find out more and apply.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK local groups

COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Like many other mutual aid communities throughout the world, they focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, to willing volunteers and to those in need. Find your local group.

Compass Support Charity: Telephone Befrienders

Do you enjoy a good chat? Are you a kind, caring individual who wants to make a difference to the Birmingham community? Compass Support run ‘Telebuddies Be-Friend Project’ a telephone-befriending project, aimed at improving the lives of people in Birmingham who have been left socially isolated and lonely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent closure of community activities and vital services. Find out more and apply.

The Active Wellbeing Society volunteers

The Active Wellbeing Society is a community-benefit society which aims to build healthy, happy communities living active and connected lives. Their volunteers work on a wide range of projects such as food distribution centres, community kitchens, one-off events and social action projects. Find out more and and get in touch to express your interest in volunteering.

Roshni Birmingham: Female Refuge Ambassador

Roshni Birmingham is a leading provider supporting BAME communities through their journey to safety, confidence and independence to live free from violence, abuse and fear. The role includes working with victims/survivors living in the community and supporting staff in any of the projects running at Roshni. Find out more and apply.

The Church of England in Aston & Nechells – CAN DO 4:13 

CAN DO 4:13 is a charitable company which was established to help needy people in the Parish of Aston and Nechells and promote harmony within the community. Find out more about how you can get involved.

FareShare volunteers

FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 18 independent organisations. Together, they take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups. They have a range of flexible volunteering opportunities including, warehouse assistant, driver and volunteer engagement assistant. Find out more and apply.

Alzheimer’s Society: Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) Volunteer

Alzheimer’s Society is a United Kingdom care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers. The LPA Volunteer will be providing a valuable service in enabling people with dementia to plan for the future through providing a LPA form completion service on the National Dementia Helpline. Find out more and apply.

Birmingham Council for Old People (BCOP) volunteers

BCOP is a pioneer in care for senior citizens and focuses on delivering high quality services for older people. They are looking to recruit volunteers to help scale up and support routine COVID-19 testing capacity within their three care homes in the city. Find out more and apply.

Age UK: neighbourly volunteering

Age UK is the country’s leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. They provide companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most. If you’d like to support older people during the pandemic, find out more about how you can get involved with neighbourly volunteering.

Careers+Placements blogger

We’re looking for students who would like to write careers-related content for our Careers+Placements blog (the one you’re currently reading this post on)! You could write about your placement, your volunteering work, your side hustle, how you prepare for interviews, what gives you careers inspiration – anything you like! It’s a voluntary position that looks great on your CV, and gives you an opportunity to develop both your writing and digital skills. Hopefully, your posts will also inspire your fellow students in some way. If you’d like to know more, get in touch with the team: careersmarketing@aston.ac.uk


Don’t forget, we’re here for you if you need us! If you’d like to find out more about volunteering or need some help with applying for roles, get in touch with the JobShop.

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Jodie, a member of Careers+Placements staff


Written by Jodie Carpenter, Careers+Placements