Volunteering Opportunities

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  • SU Volunteering logo

    Virtual Role - Missing Maps

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.If you are interested in this role, when you sign up the details will be sent to you via email.

    • Work withOther
    • Role TypeMicro-volunteering, Virtual
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    Virtual Role - Be My Eyes

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Bringing sight to blind and low-vision people.Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.How it worksEvery day, sighted volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.Sighted volunteer receives video callAs a sighted volunteer you can help just by installing the Be My Eyes app. A blind or a low-vision user may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings

    • Role TypeVirtual
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    Virtual Role - Instant Wild

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    ZSL’s Instant Wild empowers you to take part in vital conservation work by bringing you LIVE images and videos from amazing locations all around the world for you to identify.You don’t need any special expertise to take part – help is provided in our handy Field Guides – simply sign up and start tagging the animals in the images.Your involvement will not only contribute to conservation but you’ll also get a window into the some of the world’s wildest places.What rare species will you find?Currently only available on Iphone and Ipad

    • Role TypeVirtual
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    Virtual Role - Zooniverse!

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    What is the Zooniverse?The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.At the Zooniverse, anyone can be a researcherYou don’t need any specialised background, training, or expertise to participate in any Zooniverse projects. We make it easy for anyone to contribute to real academic research, on their own computer, at their own convenience.You’ll be able to study authentic objects of interest gathered by researchers, like images of faraway galaxies, historical records and diaries, or videos of animals in their natural habitats. By answering simple questions about them, you’ll help contribute to our understanding of our world, our history, our Universe, and more.With our wide-ranging and ever-expanding suite of projects, covering many disciplines and topics across the sciences and humanities, there's a place for anyone and everyone to explore, learn and have fun in the Zooniverse. To volunteer with us, just go to the Projects page, choose one you like the look of, and get started.

    • Role TypeMicro-volunteering, Virtual
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    Virtual Role - United Nations Volunteer

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with great organizations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins.

    • Role TypeMicro-volunteering, Virtual
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    Virtual Role - Help cure diseases with your gaming PC

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Together, we have created the most powerful supercomputer on the planet, and are using it to help understand SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and develop new therapies. We need your help pushing toward a potent, patent-free drug.Use your PC to help fight COVID-19.

    Folding@home is a project focused on disease research. The problems we’re solving require so many computer calcul­ations – and we need your help to find the cures!

    • Role TypeMicro-volunteering, Virtual
  • As you play Freerice and answer questions right, advertisements appear on your screen. When you see one of these advertisements, you trigger a financial payment to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support its work saving and changing lives around the world.In the game, these payments are represented via grains of rice. The amount of money generated when you see an advertisement can vary, but is roughly equivalent to what the World Food Programme spends to purchase 5 grains of rice.

    • Role TypeMicro-volunteering, Virtual
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    Virtual Role - Various roles for cancer charities

    SU Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Search cancer charity projects in need of your skills.

    • Work withDisability and Health
    • Role TypeVirtual
    • Communication Skills
    • Digital Practice
    • IT Skills
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Time Management
  • Care Home Volunteers logo

    Care Home Befriender

    Care Home Volunteers

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Apr 2022 and 31 Jul 2022 Closing date for applications is 31 May.

    Could you spare an hour or two each week to offer companionship to an older person living in a local care home? Care Home Volunteers is looking for people to join our team of volunteers in West Wiltshire to bring joy and companionship to older people living in care homes, especially those who don't have visits from friends or family. This helps these residents to keep in touch with the outside world, gives them an opportunity to remember the good times and improves well-being.Currently CHV befrienders are keeping in touch with care home residents by virtual conversations and by writing letters and cards. We hope that visits can resume soon.We offer an induction which includes a 6 session training programme, plus workshops on specific skills such as letter writing. There is regular support to each volunteer from our coordinator, and we provide references for volunteers moving into paid employment.

    Could you spare an hour or two each week to offer companionship to an older person living in a local care home?

    Care Home Volunteers is looking for people to join our team of volunteers in West Wiltshire, to bring joy and companionship to older people living in care homes. This helps these residents to keep in touch with the outside world, gives them an opportunity to remember the good times and improves their well-being and quality of life. 

    Volunteer Befrienders establish positive relationships with one or more residents who live in a care home. Our volunteers befriend, mainly on a one-to-one basis, those residents who find it difficult to participate in the care home’s organised activities or those who are isolated, lonely or find social contact challenging. Some volunteers have contact with the same resident(s) each week; others are led by the staff as to who might enjoy a chat.

    Befriending may include visiting in person, making telephone / video calls, writing to individual residents or sending cards / letters to care homes. Befriending activities might include: 

    Enjoying simple everyday conversation
    Giving people the opportunity to reminisce about their lives and experiences
    Reading newspapers, books or poetry
    Playing games or do puzzles
    Using technology to access music, reminiscence resources, etc.
    Supporting and share residents’ specific interests, hobbies or culture.

    Volunteers will not be expected to take part in any tasks involving personal care or assisting residents with their mobility. 

    You can find a short video about our work here - http://www.carehomevolunteers.org.uk/

    • Work withAdults and Older People
    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Communication Skills
    • Initiative
  • Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation logo

    A more nature rich Brickfields Park - Weekly volunteering

    Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Mar 2022 and 26 May 2022

    Join us for weekly volunteer sessions in Brickfields Park to help improve the park's nature and biodiversity.We are creating hedges, building ponds and bug houses to enhance the park's habitats for nature. It is the prime time to prepare the ground and plant to create a stunning wildflower meadow next year.Please join us on Thursdays between 1-3pm to be outside, active, meet new people and take direct action to respond to the climate and ecological emergencies.Our brilliant Park Activator, Mali, will be on hand with all the tools and information you need to get involved.

    • Work withAdults and Older People, Disability and Health, Conservation and Environment, Other
    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer, Micro-volunteering
    • Communication Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Teamwork
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