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, supporting the delivery of our Student Foodbank or becoming a tutor to support primary and secondary school children, there are loads of worthy projects that you can Get Involved with!

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, after all, that’s the reason why you come to University isn’t it?

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


Newcastle Volunteering Centre

Newcastle Volunteering Centre are commissioned by the Council to support and celebrate volunteering opportunities across the city.

Explore their website to take a look at what’s on offer.


Do it Newcastle

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



Freshers' Team Recruitment

Whilst no one really knows what the world will look like come September we do know that Freshers Week 2020 is happening and we want you to be a part of it. 


Running from Weds  16th September to at least Sunday 4th October (and perhaps beyond if social distancing is relaxed in a phased way) we need enthusiastic and positive volunteers to help welcome 1st year students to Northumbria and ensure they feel part of the student community that NSU are proud to provide. 

We're currently developing our range of virtual events as well as planning how we might socially distance some physical events if permitted. Whilst there are a alot of unknowns at the moment, what we can say for certain is that we will be doing everything we can to make Freshers Week 2020 the most fun possible for our 1st year students and for our volunteers. 

In return for volunteering your time (20-50 hours over a 2 week period on a flexible basis depending on your other commitments) you will get free access to all events, great times, new friends and a real boost for your CV. 


If you need more persuasion, here's what previous students have said about being involved in Freshers Team:

“Freshers team definitely helped me grow as an individual. The first year I was involved I made new friends who I would now consider family, and the second year I did it I had the chance to lead a team and develop skills that I will now carry for life. If you want to have fun, make friends and also give back and help others all at the same time - then Freshers Team is honestly where it’s at!”  Rachel Baines

Register your interest here  and mark Weds 16th September in your diary for training day!

become a nightline volunteer

Join the owls and get involved with this immenseley rewarding project by becoming a Nightline volunteer!

As a Nightline volunteer, you will develop skills such as active listening, teamwork empathy and more. We recruit and train student volunteers to cover overnight shifts (8pm-7am) answering phone calls, and instant messages from students who need someone to talk to. Students wishing to volunteer for Nightline must first attend an informal interview with our Vice President Welfare and a member of our leadership committee. Students who pass the interview stage are then invited to attend a two-day training weekend, which you must complete in full and pass before being able to sign up to shifts.

We also recruit ‘Friends of Nightline’, students who don’t volunteer for overnight shifts but want to help promote and raise awareness of the service. For more information about volunteering with Nightline, or to apply, please email su.nightline@northumbria.ac.uk.


Neighbourhood Community Champions

Do you want to get involved in your local community and foster a healthy community spirit? Than this role is for you! Email su.reps@northumbria.ac.uk and make the student voice heard!


Student Foodbank Champion 


Are you passionate about ensuring no student goes hungry? Do you have an interest in nutrition on a shoestring? Than get involved by being a Foodbank Champion and running this exciting and new service, email su.reps@northumbria.ac.uk for more details.




British Heart Foundation, Pack For Good Champion


Bag it. Beat it!

NSU have partnered with British Heart Foundation, and together we make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people who are living with heart and circulatory diseases. Want to get involved in leading this campaign, then find out more by emailing su.reps@northumbria.ac.uk


Young Trustees Network

Some charities really struggle to find young people to sit on their trustee boards. You can be part of the decision –making for large scale charities and gain loads of experience at the same time.

Action Tutoring

Action Tutoring offer the opportunity to volunteer as a tutor to support primary and secondary school children. They support students form disadvantaged backgrounds and help them progress to further education, employment or training.

Students in Newcastle Forum

This Forum brings together local authorities, organisations, service and students to discuss the issues affecting students key members of Newcastle community.

Find out what was discussed in the previous academic year in your local community HERE.  And if it sounds like something you want to get involved in, email su.reps@northumbria.ac.uk and make the student voice heard!

NU TARGETconnect

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.