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 for sustainability

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.



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

Off The Grid Adventures  are an outdoor based Community Interest Company with a focus on improving wellbeing and social integration through alternative activity delivery. They currently have Summer Positions available for an Activity Leader. Find out more here.



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. 





Volunteering for sustainability

Join the Student Sustainability Mailing List

Join the Student Sustainability Mailing List to stay up to date with all the latest news and opportunities relating to sustainability.


Become a Sustainability Ambassador!

Our new Sustainability Ambassadors Programme helps you learn, practise and share simple but impactful sustainability action.  This is a fantastic way to make a positive difference (and great for your CV too!). 

Hosted on Blackboard you can work through the programme at your own pace to achieve the Bronze, Silver and/or Gold awards. Timings may vary depending on your experience but estimated time requirements are as below.

  • Bronze Level: Find out more about sustainability with our short training module, simply calculate your carbon footprint and consider how sustainability relates to you. (2 hours).
  • Silver Level: Choose from a range of challenges to explore ways that you can support sustainability within your own routine. (7 hours)
  • Gold Level: Use your sustainability expertise to encourage others to make a positive difference. (7 hours)

Open to all students and no prior knowledge required.  Each level includes an assessment which will include evidencing activities completed, reflecting on what you have learned

 Register for the scheme here.

The Student Climate Change Think Tank

The Student Climate Change Think Tank (SCCTT) is a student run forum working alongside staff with experience in the area. The aim of the SCCTT is to help influence and develop policies that explore how we can be more sustainable and tackle climate change issues.

Throughout each academic year students organise events and projects, including guest speakers, responding to consultations, research projects, and trying to make the university a more sustainable place to study and work.

This is open to all students from any degree programme at any stage of study. If you are interested in sustainability and climate change issues, this forum is the place for you! 

To join the SCCTT please email Rachel Dunn at rachel2.dunn@northumbria.ac.uk


Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Northumbria is a Hedgehog Friendly Campus and there are so many ways that you can get involved to help support our endangered, prickly friends!  Volunteers could help run the social media account, undertake hedgehog surveys, support fundraising, attend litter picks…

To find out more about Hedgehog Friendly Campus at Northumbria (and top tips for supporting hedgehogs) visit our Hedgehog Friendly Campus pages.

You can sign up to the Northumbria Hedgehog Friendly Campus mailing list here.


Litter Picks

Our regular litter picks are open to all Northumbria students and are a great way to meet others (and to protect the environment too).  Find upcoming litter picks on the Events Calendar to sign up.


EasyEco Student Society

The Northumbria Easy Eco Society aims to make an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle more accessible and achievable for everyone, no matter who you are.

A small change can make a big difference!

Find out more about how to get involved on the Easy Eco Society page.


Busy Bees Student Society

The Busy Bees Society aims to support vitally important bees!  Find out more on the Busy Bees Society page.


ENACTUS Student Society

We are looking for Northumbria's top entrepreneurial students, who are looking to take their business skills to the next level. We recruit students from across multiple facilities engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, social scientists and graphic designers we want you all!

We solve global problems using entrepreneurial action, helping achieve the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. You will be pushed, challenged and made a natural leader through your own failures and successes. You will find your true brothers and sisters throughout your Enactus Experience. It's no surprise that Enactus students get fast-tracked onto top worldwide graduate programs. 

Find out more on the ENACTUS Society page.


Complete our online Sustainability Training

Our short online training module takes around 20 minutes to complete and is a great way of finding out more about sustainability, what Northumbria is doing, and ways that you can make a difference.  Access the online module here.