As a result of the on-going COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in Northern Ireland, the University has implemented a range of measures to reduce the risk of spread within Queen’s. The most recently introduced measures for Volunteer SU are summarised below.
I am currently volunteering with an external organisation. Should I continue volunteering?
Please contact your assigned volunteering coordinator to discuss the organisation’s response to the current circumstances
- I need advice regarding my volunteering role, how can I speak to a volunteering advisor?
Currently the Students’ Union have moved to working remotely, so unfortunately we have temporarily suspended our weekly drop-in sessions. However, our team will continue to provide volunteering guidance and advice via email on email@example.com.
- I am interested in helping the fight again the Coronavirus. Are there any volunteering opportunities available related to Covid-19?
Yes! Here are multiple ways to make a positive difference amidst the Covid-19 outbreak :
- Register your interest in community volunteering to help support those most in need during this time. Fill in this form and our team will help to match you with a suitable opportunity in your area.
- Sign up to a virtual volunteering role. We update this list as soon as opportunities become available.
- If you are Queen’s medical, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry or social work student, interested in supporting the work of HSCTNI, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I want to volunteer, but due to personal/health or other circumstances, I am not able to take up an in-person role. Are there any roles I can do remotely?
Absolutely! There are plenty of opportunities that you can do from home, such as telephone befriending, helping at a crisis text centre, research, assisting people with hearing and sight issues and more! Check out our home-based volunteering page for a list of up-to-date opportunities.
- Is my Homework Club still open; can I continue volunteering?
Homework Clubs are currently closed in line with school closures across Northern Ireland. Whilst a few clubs may continue to offer limited services, this is only in a remote or very different capacity with reduced staff cover. In line with Government advice, volunteers should not attend clubs until further notice.
If you have any questions please contact your club co-ordinator or email us at HomeworkClubs@qub.ac.uk
When will I receive my Inspiring Leaders certificate?
Due to the cancellation of Inspiring Leaders Graduation Ceremony, all Inspiring Leaders and Millennium/Prestige Award certificates will be posted to all 2019/20 participants by the end of May 2020.
- When will Handy Helper activities resume?
In line with government guidelines, Handy Helper activities have been suspended for the remainder of 2019/20. However, activities will resume in 2020/21 where possible, with appropriate social distancing measures in place.
- I've been working towards achieving Degree Plus through Handy Helpers Route A, but due to recent cancellations I have not been able to meet the requirements. Can I still be considered for Degree Plus?
If you are a continuing student at Queen's and have attended Handy Helper volunteering activities and training events in 2019/20, but have not met the requirements for Degree Plus, you will be able to carry those hours forward to next semester. Further information will be available in due course.