Volunteering is a great way to do something positive with your time whilst giving back to the community and if you love to ‘do your bit’ then you’re in luck, as the volunteering opportunities are in abundance here at NSU.

Whether you fancy helping thousands of freshers to move into halls each September, becoming a tutor to help older people get to grips with Skype to talk to their grandkids, being trained as a mentor to help students like you or getting involved in shaping the University services or offering much needed support during the COVID pandemic there are loads of worthy projects and one-off opportunities for you to get involved with. We are always wanting to find out what sort of opportunities you’d like as the students of Northumbria – if there is something we haven’t got, let us know and we can see what we can do!

As well as having a load of fun, meeting new friends and gaining confidence, by volunteering you will also be enhancing your CV and making yourself more employable, volunteering is a great way to help you develop those important transferable skills to help you stand out from the crowd. You can find out more about how we support your employability through recognition and training here.

We want to recognise our amazing volunteers for their community work also, which is why are new scheme Community Heroes has been launched. Community Heroes is a way of us rewarding you individually or as a student group for the work and commitment you have shown to volunteering. This opportunity is open to all students and student groups to apply for.

Find the opportunity that's right for you by searching through our different tabs for more information.


Volunteering at nsu


Interested in being trained to mentor and support students like you? We run peer mentoring schemes for both of our Black Leaders Project and Frist Generation programme. Whatever your background, if being a mentor appeals then get involved! You’ll receive two days of professional mentor training and we’ll work around you and your capacity to match you up with suitable mentees. Email heather.askwith@northumbria.ac.uk or fill in our application form here.



Do you want to help make being a student a better experience? Our Wellbeing volunteers work with us to help improve the mental and physical wellbeing of students on and off campus. As a volunteer we’ll give you support and training to help put your ideas into practice as well as opportunities to get involved in our Wellbeing Manifesto. To find out more email Chrissy.watt@northumbria.ac.uk and click here to find out more about our Wellbeing work 




Our Academic Reps work with University staff to help shape how the programmes are taught and delivered. As well as helping give feedback directly to the staff you’ll work with them to help them understand why students have given that feedback and think through the best ways to deliver changes. 




Join the Owls!

Nightline is a confidential, anonymous listening service, run by students for students. Volunteering with Nightline is incredibly rewarding and you will receive full training and support during your volunteering.  

You will help other students in need of a friendly ear, be part of a great team, make friends and develop a wide range of skills including, active listening, empathy, motivation and teamwork – great for your CV! 

Nightline is currently offering email listening and we are offering interviews and training both online and in person under social distancing rules. Our email listening is accessed remotely so volunteers won’t be on campus.

Email us at su.nightline@northumbria.ac.uk for more information and to apply.

nsu volunteering societies

             Busy Bees                                                Halo Hub                                                          Hospital Arts                                 Let's End Homelessness





                  Project ICE                                                      Raise and Giving                                      SexPression

volunteering with northumbria sport 

The Northumbria Sport Student Leadership programme is a nationally Award Winning Programme that offers you fantastic Volunteer opportunities to work with industry professionals and gain valuable experience and employability skills.

We offer opportunities working with National Governing Bodies, external organisations, in the local community, and even internationally through the Volunteer Zambia Project! As a sport volunteer you have the opportunity to work alongside a mentor to support and help guide you throughout your journey. All volunteers and interns also receive free sport kit, training and access to our Sport Leadership and Innovation Fund, which offers you up to £200 towards additional qualifications and training opportunities to help you stand out. Make a difference through Sport and register for updates here


Volunteering with alumni association

Are you keen to continue volunteering after graduation? The Alumni Association offers opportunities for graduates who are willing to give something back with their valuable time and expertise. This could be a range of activities such as delivering a talk or lecture; providing a work placement or internship; or becoming a mentor to provide 1-to-1 careers advice and guidance. Find out more about alumni volunteering on the webpages here. To become a member of the Alumni Association and join our network of over 217,000 graduates worldwide visit northumbria.ac.uk/alumni

local volunteering opportunities

Caring Hands Charity is an organisation which helps elderly and disabled people, who live in Newcastle Upon Tyne, to sustain their independence and improve their quality of life. We carry out vital services such as befriending, lunch clubs, laundry, counselling and many more; we do this through the active support of our volunteers.

By volunteering with us, you would not only be harnessing or gaining skills, you would be supporting a small organisation to run life-changing services.
To find out more about the role of Volunteer Admin click here  To find out more about the role of Volunteer Website Support click here 

To apply for the roles click here


Young People’s Engagement Volunteer – Healthwatch Newcastle

If you care about health and social care and feel its important that everyone’s view are heard then you may want to volunteer with Healthwatch Newcastle. We are looking for some new volunteers to help us identify and engage with young people (under 21), so we capture their experiences.

Healthwatch works alongside the statutory and voluntary sector to improve services for everyone. We want to set up a Young Healthwatch which will allow young people in the community to come together, share experiences, identify issues and help us make a difference. If you think that you could help us set up and run some aspects of the project then please get in touch. Find out more here 


Elders Council of Newcastle

The Elders Council is a group of people who are interested in having a say about how to make Newcastle a great city in which to grow old. We do this in a variety of ways - peer research, arts projects, focus groups and regular meetings with service providers and policymakers.  



DoIT Newcastle: 

Do-it.org volunteering made easy Do it Newcastle advertises volunteering opportunities within the community. You can search via your postcode and see what’s available in your local area. 




Mental Health Concern:  

 Are you interested in helping those in need within the local community? By volunteering with Mental Health Concern you can do just that! You can become a Tech Buddy Volunteer or a Telephone Befrienderhttps://www.mentalhealthconcern.org/ 


CABiN (Community Asset Building in Newcastle) 

The Cabin Project (Community Asset Building in Newcastle) has been established to offer support to:- 

- existing small, local groups (which may currently be struggling)  

- small initiatives which may have recently and reluctantly closed their doors  

- those with ideas to enhance their local community  

If you would like help/support to get new ideas started or to work out how you might continue - please contact Dawn Hodgson, CABiN, who will be happy to have a conversation and hopefully together we can make a positive impact. 

Telephone: 07710706063 

Email: dawn.hodgson@mentalhealthconcern.org 



Newcastle Volunteering Centre: 

 Newcastle Volunteering Centre are commissioned by the Council to support and celebrate volunteering opportunities across the city. https://www.volunteercentrenewcastle.org.uk/volunteer/aboutus.php 



NU Targeconnect: 

Log into the Careers’ Service’s Target Connect portal with your student details to find volunteering opportunities with local companies, internships and part time jobs for students. 



Newcastle Marrow 


Marrow is the student wing of Anthony Nolan – the stem cell register charity. Every day, Anthony Nolan matches incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants.  

Volunteering for Marrow is a unique experience! You’ll gain a great range of skills from volunteering for Marrow, including leadership, project management and public speaking. These skills will be invaluable for your CV and future employment prospects! But more than that, you’ll be helping to save the lives of people with blood cancer!  





national volunteering opportunities

Localgiving: Localgiving Foundation | Localgiving

Use your expertise to provide specialist support, advice and work. Have a big impact by giving just one hour online. Localgiving works with over 3,000 grassroots charities who urgently need skilled volunteers. Sign up and you’ll be matched with appropriate opportunities instantly. 


 NHS Volunteer Responders:  

Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS and the social care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. To do this we need an 'army' of volunteers who can support vulnerable people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses, those working in local authorities and other professionals, will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer. 



Our Streets:  Our Streets Now | LinkedIn

A movement to end Public Sexual Harassment in the UK by making it a criminal offence and changing the culture that allows it. Join the movement, sign the petition. 




Spread a smile with a card | PG BuzzPost Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship. We support children aged 3 to 17 in the UK. 




The Young Trustee Movement: 

The Young Trustees Movement - The Social Change AgencyThe Young Trustees Movement is made up of current and aspiring young trustees, employers and allies. We exist to double the number of trustees aged 30 and under on charity boards by 2024.