The Best Student Life. Bristol SU

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 (DBS) -    
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. 

Check out their Facebook group for more information. 


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 if you have any questions! 

Check out their Facebook group, SU page and website for more information. 

Game Changers -
Game Changers is a unique and award winning programme that provides training, leadership and volunteering opportunities for students that are passionate about sport, exercise and generally being active!
Jolidays (DBS) -

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.

Check out their Facebook group for more information. 
Pitstop (DBS) -

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!

Check out their Facebook group and SU page for more information. 

Black Dog Project  -
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.

Check out their Facebook group for more information. 

Robogals (DBS) - 
Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology.

Check out their Facebook group, SU page and website for more information. 


Environmental Projects

Roots Community Gardening -
A  community gardening project committed to helping community groups, schools and individuals who are struggling to make the most of their gardens. 

Check out their Facebook group and SU page for more information. 


Animal Welfare Projects

Bristol Paws Project -
A group of veterinary students from the University of Bristol with the aim of helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds care for their pets.

Check out their Facebook group for more information. 


Community Support Projects 

Nightshelter (DBS) -
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. 

Check out their Facebook group for more information. 
Barrow (DBS) -

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

Check out their Facebook group 

Nightline -
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.

The Grow Group
A community gardening project based at St Agnes Church & Park that brings together refugees and students in Bristol in order to improve social integration and well-being, as well as providing an informal environment for refugees who are not fluent in English to practise their language skills. 

Check out their Facebook group for more information.

UoB Foodbank-

The University of Bristol Foodbank's aim is to get every Halls of Residence and University faculty to implement a scheme for non-perishable foods. The donations of the student body will be sent to foodbanks where they'll serve as a lifeline for members of the community with emergency food supply vouchers. 

Check out their Facebook page and their SU page for more information.