Our Volunteering Projects

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Want to turn derelict land into a community garden, take young people away on a weekend trip, run a social group for adults with mental health issues or get involved with a older peoples tea parties? Whatever your interest, Bristol SU's student-led volunteering projects have somethign for everyone and if you can't find what you’re looking for we can help you set up something new.

Older People Projects

Tea and Chatter- ubuteaandchatter@gmail.com    
A chance for elderly people to meet up with each other and students. For many of them, who live alone, it provides a welcome change to get out of the house and meet people.  We go to lunchtime concerts at the Victoria Rooms and to local museums and occasionally out for lunch. Lots of volunteers needed to chat and laugh. 

Children and Young People  Projects

University of Bristol PHAB
A youth group aimed at making a more inclusive community by bringing together young people of all abilities to enjoy themselves on an equal basis. Please feel free to message us or email us at phab@bristolphab.org if you have any questions!

Community Sports Volunteering Scheme (DBS)- robbie.fox@bristol.ac.uk
Trains students as Community Sports Leaders and provides volunteer placements within local community sport and youth projects. The project placement can be tailored to reflect volunteers' sporting interests and personal skills. All volunteers will complete the nationally recognised Community Sports Leader Award and recieve First Aid and Child Protection training.
 
Jolidays (DBS) - ubujolidays@gmail.com
Jolidays work with the Carers Support Centre to run fun and exciting day and weekend trips for young carers, providing them with a chance to have time away from their normal responsibilities and meet friends in similar situations.

Jolibuddies (DBS) - Jolibuddies@gmail.com
The Young Carers project was set up in 2014 to provide inspirational buddies to young carers living in Bristol. We are supported by Bristol SU and the Carers Support Centre who also provide us with training and development opportunities. If you think you could befriend and inspire a young carer get in contact. 
 
Kids Adventure (DBS) - kidsadventurebristol@gmail.com
Kids Adventure provides non-residential respite breaks for disadvantaged children aged 8-11 years. The breaks provide the children with the space to have fun and take part in activities such as; rock climbing, swimming, theme park trips, cinema and fun-filled parties. If you love working with kids and want to be an inspiring role model, do get in contact.
 
Pitstop (DBS) - ubupitstop@gmail.com
Takes teenagers with learning difficulties away on weekend and day trips. We go to youth hostels, holiday camps, local attractions and educational visits. There's a huge emphasis on fun and new experiences so if you have energy and enthusiasm, then join up!
 
Schools' Projects (DBS) - ubusecondary@gmail.com
We offer a wide variety of work in schools within the local community. We work across primary, secondary and special educational needs schools offering: class room support, small group teaching, one-on-one support and buddying. Even if you aren't considering a career in education, work in schools is still extremely rewarding and enjoyable!
 
Black Dog Project (DBS) - ubublackdog@gmail.com
The Black Dog Project, set up by UoB Psychology students, sees students go into secondary schools to lead assembles on mental health and conduct workshops and listening groups for pupils who may be affected by mental ill health.
 

Student Robotics (DBS) - Info@studentrobotics.org
Interested in robotics, electronics, engineering or programming? We build robots, teach sixth formers to build robots and support them to enter an exciting national Student Robotics competition.
 
Robogals (DBS) - bristol.president@robogals.org https://www.facebook.com/robogalsbristol/
Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology.

Environmental Projects

Roots Community Gardening (DBS) - rootscgp@gmail.com
A  community gardening project committed to helping community groups, schools and individuals who are struggling to make the most of their gardens.

Community Support Projects 

Nightshelter - ubunightshelter@gmail.com
The project involves working with homeless people in the Julian trust Homeless shelter, providing them with food and a warm place to sleep. Volunteers are needed to help cook, serve food, chat to guests and stay overnight and serve breakfast.
 
Barrow (DBS) - ububarrow@gmail.com
Playing cards, board games and chatting to patients at Callington Road Hospital. Lots of tea and coffee is drunk and biscuits eaten! Many of the patients are recovering from depression or addiction and welcome the chance to talk to people about everyday things, to give them a break from the routine of the hospital.
When: Sunday Evenings from 6pm
 
Nightline - nightline.coordinator@gmail.com
Nightline is Bristol SU’s telephone-based listening and information service for University of Bristol students. We are looking for patient and sympathetic volunteers who want to help other students. Full training and support will be provided.