Supporting our students to #GetInvolved and make a difference

Volunteering at Home

Want to volunteer, but unable to commit to physically volunteering on a project? Then virtual volunteering is for you. Give as little or as much time as your commitments allow. Volunteering is a great way to keep you mind active during the coronavirus pandemic as well feeling a unrivalled sense of achievement and pride when you help an individual or organisation.

Check out some of the opportunities below:

Post Pals

Post Pals aims to ‘post a smile on a sick child’s face’. Volunteers can send a card, letter, email or a little gift to seriously ill children and their siblings. It is an easy scheme for anyone to get involved with. To volunteer no commitment is required, the only costs are those of the occasional stamp. Posting a message takes around 5 minutes out of the day and can be done from the comfort of home, or in any free time for people with busy schedules.

Help brighten a child’s day by selecting a pal on the ‘find pals’ section of the website. These pages contain individual children’s stories and details, and you can then send them or their siblings something to make them smile. All the forwarding addresses and email addresses can be found on the pages. This is a fantastic opportunity to help make a difference. Perfect for volunteers who want to help and have little time from demanding timetables to do so.

An easy, flexible and rewarding scheme to help support ill children and their families by letting them know someone is there. If you think this is something you will be interested in then visit their website: https://www.postpals.co.uk/getting-involved/ 

Instant Wild

ZSL’s Instant Wild empowers you to take part in vital conservation work, bringing you LIVE images and videos from amazing locations all around the world. By identifying the animals in each image, you are contributing to conservation and making a positive impact on the future for wildlife.

Available both as a smartphone app and online at instantwild.zsl.org, Instant Wild mobilises people power to scale up important animal monitoring work, which helps scientists to protect wildlife and secure a richer biodiversity for all!

Motion triggered cameras are a crucial tool for monitoring animal populations and movements, and this information allows us to develop methods for conserving them. As an animal moves past one of our Instant Wild cameras it will trigger, taking a photo which is immediately sent back to the app in real time for identification by you. Identifying thousands of images takes time but with your help we can identify even more species and help to protect them.

You don’t need any qualifications or special expertise to take part – lots of help is provided to make sure you make the right identification – simply sign up and start tagging the animals in the images.

Your involvement will not only contribute to conservation, making you part of our ZSL community, you’ll also get a window into the some of the world’s wildest places.

If you think that this is something you will are interested in then please visit their website: https://instantwild.zsl.org/intro


F Cancer

F Cancer is an organisation that ‘matches’ cancer charities with people who have the skills that the charities need. For example, a graphic designer for a new campaign they are running. This is a great way to use any skills you might have and potentially improve some of your skills that you will use for your degree.

If you feel this is something you would be interested in then please visit their website: https://fcancer.org/projects 



Age UK

Age UK are running a ‘Telephone Befriender’ service where they facilitate 30 minutes phone calls with the elderly to try and combat loneliness. The service is free and run by volunteers who are matched by the organisation with their partner by similar interests. As a volunteer, you'd befriend someone who's 60 or over. It's a fun, safe, easy way to get to know someone new from the comfort of your own home. Lots of people tell us the chats are the highlight of their week.

How does it work?

  1. Volunteers sign up and start your volunteer application online. This involves completing references, online training, passing, and ID check and having an informal interview with the Age UK Team.
  2. We match you with a suitable older person based on your interests
  3. Age UK will then connect you with your telephone friend to begin your weekly calls.

If you think this is something you would be interested in then please visit their website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/telephone-befriender/


Shout 85258

Shout 85258 is a free and confidential service for anyone in the UK to reach out if they feel they need support. Volunteers will work with someone who is in distress to a calmer place through a texting service. Texting conversations usually last around 45 minutes and all volunteers receive full training before talking to anyone who has text the service.

To sign up fill in the form in the link below and Shout 85258 will be in touch with you:

If you think this is something you would be interested in then please visit their website: https://crisistextlineuk.tfaforms.net/24



The RSPB are the largest nature conservation charity in the country, and work to create bigger, better and more joined-up spaces to save our wildlife, and our shared home. Their reserves are at the heart of what the RSPB do, but there are lots of opportunities for people to get involved from home with varying time commitments.

If you think this is something you would be interested in then please visit their website: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering-fundraising/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/


Cancer Research UK

There are lots of ways to support Cancer Research from your own home. From telling them your thoughts on their work, to online campaigning from home. Cancer Research want to make volunteering work for you and help them beat cancer!

Community Campaigners save lives through political action every day, with each action they take bringing us one step closer to beating cancer. Campaigners have already secured additional funding for cancer treatments and radiotherapy machines, protected young people from the harms of tabaco through the introduction of plain, standardised cigarette packaging; and put children obesity on the political agenda.

If you think this is something you would be interesting in doing by volunteering for this great cause, then you can apply here:




Are you a budding film critic? Have you been writing film reviews and would like to get more experience? CinemaFunk is looking for new contributors with previous knowledge and experience of writing reviews. CinemaFunk aims to interpret films as they are released and see where they fit in film history and in the cultural zeitgeist. If you do not have a clear and broad understanding of film history (and yes, it does occur before Quentin Tarantino) and you do not know what zeitgeist is (without looking it up), you might not be a good fit.

If you think this is something you think you would be interested in then please visit the website here: https://www.cinemafunk.com/contribute/


The Access Project

The Accesss Project supports students from disadvantaged background to access top universities, through a unique combination of tuition and in-school mentoring.

This opportunity will require only an hour of your time each week to tutor in a subject you are passionate about. You will be able to gain valuable experience in tutoring and mentoring to both enhance your CV and support students in reaching their highest potential. This is a great option if you’re looking to enhance your communication, mentoring and planning skills.

If this is something you might be interested in then please visit the website here:


Other microvolunteering projects

  • SkillsForChange - skilled microvolunteering
  • Crowdcrafting - research microvolunteering tasks
  • Charity Choice has come up with 10 amazing ways to help charities without leaving the comfort of your own home
  • Citizen science volunteering From astronomy to zoology, wildlife surveys to exploring diaries from the First World War – if you have a passion or a curious mind there should be a project to suit you