Did you know that you are a volunteer if you are any of the following within Queen’s?
- Club/Society Committee member
- Voluntary or Charitable Club/Society Member
- Peer Mentor
- International Buddy
- Student Rep
- Part-time Officer for the Students’ Union
- Homework Clubs volunteer
- Handy Helper
- Student Councillor
- Residential Assistant
- Green Impact Project Assistant / Auditor
- Helping out in a chaplaincy
- Active member of RAG
How do I get certificates to recognise my volunteering?
You can achieve 50, 100 and 200 hour awards through Prestige Volunteers. To register and receive instructions, just email firstname.lastname@example.org telling us your name, student number and QUB email address and we’ll get back to with all the necessary information.
Your volunteering hours are the total of your time spent volunteering including, preparing for your voluntary role e.g. research from home, training to undertake your role and travelling to/from your role.
How do I find a volunteering opportunity?
You can browse the latest local and remote opportunities on our website.
Or you can tell us what you are specifically looking for by completing this form. We will make some suitable suggestions and should you wish to proceed we will link you in with your chosen organisation. It’s ok if you’re not quite sure what you’d like to do, just tell us that and we will show you a range of opportunities.
You can also search for volunteering opportunities on MyFuture:
- Log in to MyFuture
- Select ‘Jobs’ from the top panel and click on 'Search Jobs' from the drop-down menu
- Refine your search by clicking ‘Advanced search’ and under the ‘Position type’ drop down box click ‘Voluntary’
- Select ‘Search’ and find your perfect volunteering role!
You can sign up to our newsletter so you can keep up to date on all the latest volunteering opportunities available.
I want to volunteer but I don’t have a lot of time.
Sounds like Handy Helpers could be right up your street. A variety of one-off volunteering initiatives to help the community and you just attend the sessions that suit you. Register and find out more here! Oh, and did we mention you can achieve Degree Plus / Graduate Plus / Researcher Plus by taking part?
Also, you may want to browse through our virtual volunteering opportunities, which also provide more flexibility than in-person volunteer roles.
How do I achieve Degree Plus/Graduate Plus/Researcher Plus through my volunteering?
Prestige Volunteers: Provider Verified (Formerly Route A): Achieve 200 hours of volunteering (having registered for your Prestige Volunteers award) during your studies and submit a 500 word essay on how volunteering has impacted your personal and professional development to email@example.com by 1 April or 1 November on your year of graduation. Please register for Prestige Volunteers by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Combined Experience (Formerly Route B): Participate in at least two extra-curricular activities (volunteering can be one of these) during your studies. Complete the Combined Experience application form, outlining your activities and the skills you have gained. Examples of eligible activities and the application form can be found here.
I sit on the committee of a club or society, is there any support available on managing volunteers?
Absolutely! We can give you lots of pointers and tips. Drop us an email on email@example.com to arrange a chat.
I want to set up a volunteering initiative, what do I need to do?
We are always happy to hear from students who have voluntary/charitable ideas and can provide plenty of information to get you started. We can also link you in with relevant contacts in our network of over 500 not-for -profit organisations for further specialised guidance/advice. Drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a chat.
Through our Jump IN events/sessions, we ensure you can build the networks, skills and confidence you need to progress in your voluntary role and enhance your employability skills.We provide sessions around leadership, volunteer management, fundraising, influencing, communication, conflict resolution and much, much more. Sign up so you hear first when training sessions, volunteering fairs, and webinars are announced! You can sign up at any stage throughout the academic year.
What do you use my personal data for?
You can view our privacy statement here.
I signed up the Volunteer SU E-Newsletter but I haven’t received it.
This is a monthly newsletter, if you signed up more than a month ago please let us know on email@example.com and we will double check the sign-up was processed.
If you are using MS Outlook, please make sure you check your ‘Other’ inbox by clicking on the ‘Other’ tab at the top left corner of the main navigation menu. To add Volunteer SU newsletter to your ‘Focused’ inbox, right-click on any Volunteer SU newsletter in your inbox, then select ‘Move’ - ‘Focused inbox’. This way any future newsletters from Volunteer SU will automatically appear in your main inbox.
I no longer want to receive the Volunteer SU E-Newsletter.
Just drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will remove your email address from our mailing list.
I volunteer in a leadership role with significant responsibility. Is there any way I can further develop my skills?
You sure can! Jump IN is an all-encompassing programme, which supports you in every stage of your volunteering journey. Whether you are a seasoned volunteer, or looking for your first role, Jump IN is there for you.
From volunteering fairs for those just starting out or looking for something new to training sessions and expert Q&As for those more experienced in volunteering, we ensure you can build the networks, skills and confidence you need to progress in your voluntary role and enhance your employability skills.
We provide sessions around leadership, volunteer management, fundraising, influencing, communication, conflict resolution and much, much more.
Alternatively, if you have got a charitable or voluntary idea of your own, we can provide you with the guidance you need to set up and structure your project for maximum impact. We can also introduce you to key contacts that can help your project succeed.
I am on a Tier 4 visa. Can I still volunteer?
Students who are a Non-EU/EEA/Swiss national must ensure that they are not working or completing voluntary work more than what their visa permits. For example, students who are studying at degree level or above on a Tier 4 Student visa cannot work more than 20 hours per week during term time (term time can vary depending on the level of study or research). Queen’s University applies this term time restriction throughout the academic year – any variation in policy will require the Tier 4 student to obtain written permission from International Student Support.
There is a difference between unpaid employment (voluntary work) and volunteering, and students should check with the organisation which offers them a volunteering opportunity, whether it can be regarded as unpaid employment. This is because time spent doing unpaid employment counts towards a students’ maximum number of hours of work a week. Students can volunteer only, providing it meets the definition outlined on pg.13 here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/810901/short-term-students-v10.0-ext.pdf
A breach of working conditions or work prohibition is treated very seriously by the Home Office and can result in a students’ visa being curtailed (cut short) and future applications being declined.
If in doubt, students can contact International Student Support at email@example.com and OnCampus Jobs at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
What should I expect from an organisation when I volunteer with them?
- Information about your role i.e. what tasks are you expected to undertake
- An induction to include a tour of the premises, Health and Safety information and essential/relevant policy/procedure information
- Specific training and regular support / supervision if you are undertaking a specialist role e.g. mentoring
- A named supervisor and their contact details who you can contact for support etc.
- Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses where the organisation has a budget to do so
- The necessary resources and materials to carry out your role
- Being kept up to date with changes which affect your role
- The organisation should have appropriate insurance in place to involve volunteers
- A reference if you are a regular volunteer
- Opportunities to input into the development of the volunteering role