Remote volunteering provides you with the option to engage with a range of organisations projects around the globe from the comfort of your own home. For many activities, all you will need is internet access and some free time.
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Below you’ll find a selection of remote volunteering opportunities:
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through online volunteering worldwide. Online volunteering allows organisations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges and is fast, easy and most of all, effective.
There are many ways to get involved with online volunteering through UNV and you can take part in activities ranging from administration, project management, technology development, research and more.
SolidariTee is the largest entirely student-run charity supporting the international assistance of refugees and asylum seekers. With more than 450 volunteers from over 40 Universities across the globe, SolidariTee are committed to making sustainable change in the refugee crisis. They currently have a range of vitual volunteering opportunities available, through which volunteers can help raise awareness on the refugee crisis.
The Rosey International Foundation is a non-governmental social initiative, based in Nigeria, whose mission is to help young people develop their skills through academic and career mentoring, equipping them with the tools to create a successful future. The Foundation is currently seeking volunteers to assist with rebuilding their website and to help the organisation to sustain an online presence.
Shout are a 24/7 text-based crisis service looking for empathetic and resilient volunteers to help people in distress. If you have 2-4 hours a week that you could dedicate to the helpline, they need you now more than ever. Full training is provided, and qualified supervisors are there to support you with any concerns.
Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for volunteers around the world to use their computers or phones to help researchers at Amnesty International sift through pictures, information and documents relating to a wide range of humanitarian causes.
Through previous decoding projects, volunteers from around the world have gathered evidence of systematic attacks on civilians in Darfur, helped to make oil companies accountable for devastating oil pollution in Nigeria and exposed the online abuse faced by female politicians in India.
The Coronavirus Tutoring Initiative was launched on the same day that the UK lockdown was announced, with the aim of ensuring that no child loses out on education due to school closures. CTI connects University students with young people who need help with any pre-GCSE, GCSE or A-Level subject and the platform can be accessed free of charge, supporting young people who might not otherwise be able to avail of tutoring.
Technology gives us the power to access information, to exercise consumer choice, to plan independent travel, to enjoy global entertainment in the palm of our hands and to share our experiences. RNIB are seeking volunteers to unleash the power of technology for blind and partially sighted people by helping service users with device set up, troubleshooting and one-to-one tech support.
Diabetes UK strive to provide information, guidance and support to the 4.7 million people in the UK living with diabetes. They are currently seeking volunteers to assist to host and moderate their online forum. Volunteers on the online forum will welcome new members help to maintain a helpful and inclusive community online, by contributing practical advice and support, responding to issue reports and by being a positive member of the community.
Verbal are currently seeking volunteers to join them in becoming an army of readers. Using a bespoke online platform, volunteers will read aloud to young people aged 8-12 on a smartphone or tablet. The programme, organised in partnership with the Nothern Ireland Housing Executive, is designed to build positive mental health and wellbeing during these challenging times. Full training will be given and can be accessed remotely for those who are self-isolating.
Cruse Bereavement Care provides support, advice and information to people across the UK who have lost a loved one. The National Helpline is a key part of Cruse’s services and is often the first point of contact for those desperately seeking support at a very difficult time. As a volunteer, you can offer your support by both telephone and email. You don’t have to be a trained counsellor to volunteer for the helpline, Cruse offers full training and home-based shifts are available, meaning that you can volunteer from wherever you are.
Re-engage are looking for call companions to make regular telephone calls to lonely and isolated older people, giving them a vital link to the outside world. You’ll work with a group of other callers sharing support and ideas, and have help from a co-ordinator.
If you're going stir crazy at home, why not go travelling via your laptop! See Around Britain carry out online research on various tourist attractions and other destinations Britain, Ireland and Europe. information is uploaded to their website which is designed for everybody, including disabled people, to help decide if a venue will be suitable for visits. They are currently looking for volunteers to get involved with online research and updating their social media channels.
Advice NI’s mission is to provide accessible advice services across NI. They deliver a range of advice services directly to the public on topics including debt and money, tax and benefits, EU Settlement Scheme, etc. They are currently seeking home-based helpline coordinators to provide information and support through their Covid-19 Community Helpline. Training provided.
FactCheckNI is an independent fact checking organisation who provide free tools, information and advice so that anyone can check the claims they hear from politicians and the media. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that the public can trust the information they are reading.
FactCheckNI are seeking volunteers to help scan online and offline media for fact-checkable claims, research relevant sources of information and write fact-check articles for publication. Full training will be given, and this opportunity can be undertaken at home.
The Public Health Agency are currently seeking volunteers for the role of BME Community Health Lead Role to help gather community health data. Within this process of data gathering, as the BME Health Leads develop their health knowledge, it is hoped the knowledge gained will help individuals and communities identify what their longer term community health needs may be as Northern Ireland begins the gradual process of lifting lockdown measures in the months to come.
The Prince’s Trust has an active online community of volunteers who mentor young people, helping them to get ahead in life. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have direct experience of mentoring young people as the Prince’s trust will provide you with all the training you’ll need to take on a mentee and make a real difference to a young person’s life.
Those living with dementia can often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands busy. The Mid Ulster Volunteer Centre are calling all keen crafters to help create some “twiddle muffs”. These are knitted or crocheted wrist bands with items attached which patients can twiddle in their hands to help ease anxiety. Twiddle muffs are a great source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation, keeping restless hands snug, warm and occupied!
Advice Space, previously Citizens Advice, have been helping people in need in Northern Ireland to exercise their rights and obtain fair treatment under the law for over 50 years. They provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to help citizens fight their own corner. Advice Space are currently seeking a social media volunteer to help promote their services through Facebook and Twitter, with expansion into Instagram and YouTube.
Age NI believe in a world where everyone can love later life. Every year they help thousands of older people, providing companionship, support and advice to those who need it most. Age NI is now offering a check-in-and-chat service for the over 60s in Northern Ireland who may feel isolated or lonely at this difficult time.
Hourglass Northern Ireland are a local charity committed to calling time on the harm and abuse of older people. Their helpline volunteers are often the first port of call for those in need and provide a listening ear and emotional support. You don’t need to be an expert to get involved, just compassionate and understanding with an interest in the issues affecting older people. Full training is provided.
Action on Hearing Loss are the UK’s national charity supporting people with deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss. They support and encourage people to take control of their lives, campaign for change and fund research to find a cure.
Action on Hearing Loss are currently looking for home-based befrienders and home-based researchers to help enhance the lives of hard of hearing people in the community and to support the work of the charity.
Would you like to provide essential support for the isolated during the current health pandemic? The Salvation Army are currently looking for volunteers to become Covid-19 Phone Befrienders.
This volunteering opportunity is flexible to your availability and will help to support vulnerable members of our community.
For those living with sight loss, the world can be a difficult place to navigate. Be my eyes’ goal is to make the world more accessible to people who are blind or have a low level of vision. Every day, sighted volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.
Sighted volunteers install the Be My Eyes app and can then receive video calls from blind or low vision users who may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colours, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings. If volunteers are busy, they can simply divert the call to another volunteer!
Nexus NI offers services and support to people who have been affected by sexual violence in any form, and our services are delivered across Northern Ireland. They are currently seeking volunteers to assist with their helpline, which aims to offer support, help and signposting to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
Crisis Textline offers a free 24/7 text line for people in crisis across the UK, Canada and the United States. The service is powered by volunteer crisis counselors who provide support remotely. All volunteers need to get involved in the service is a computer and secure internet connections. Volunteers answer texts from people in crisis, employing active listening, collaborative problem solving and safety planning.
Each year, disasters around the world affect or displace around 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally missing from any map and consequently first responders often lack the information needed to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts.
Missing Maps is an open collaborative project to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Remote volunteers trace satellite imagery into an online mapping tool then community volunteers add further details such as neighbourhoods and street names. If you’ve never mapped before, it doesn’t take long to learn and Missing Maps have all the tools you need to get started.
Post pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers and their mission is to ‘post a smile on a sick child’s face’ by sending cards, letters emails and little gifts to seriously ill children and their siblings in the UK.
Anyone can get involved, volunteers range from toddlers drawing pictures right up to a 106 year old who knitted some finger puppets for sick children! Postpals require no commitment and the only cost is a stamp and 5 minutes of your time.
LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters from books in the public domain, i.e no longer under copyright. All recordings are then donated back to the public domain, so that they can be freely enjoyed as audiobooks.
LibriVox record books in all languages, volunteers do not need prior experience and do not need to audition or send samples before volunteering. All you need to get started is your voice, a PC/Laptop and some free software! Volunteers can read a single chapter, a whole book, poetry or even contribute as “prooflisteners”.
Volunteers can help Project Gutenberg by proofreading new eBooks through their Distributed Proofreaders team. By proofreading one page at a time, you can help to rescue public domain/out of copy books, converting them to “electronic texts” that can be enjoyed by readers digitally for years to come. Volunteers can also “smooth read” full books before they are finally made available to everyone via Project Gutenberg.
7 Cups provides free, 24/7 emotional support to millions via online chat, ensuring that no one must face their problems alone. Having someone to listen can be all it takes to make a real difference in someone’s life.
They provide free online training and support for volunteers; all you need to get started as a listener is an internet connection.
Causeway Volunteer Centre are looking for letter writers for people living in residential care homes. Many residents are older people or have mental health issues or learning difficulties, and receiving a letter or card, poem or a picture from you would make a real difference to them. Letters can be handwritten or typed and posted and carers will pass them on to residents.
Skills Match is an initiative by Business in the Community, who are looking for volunteers to support to a range of post primary school students around interview skills, CV preparation, FE and University application and support around developing personal statements
Becoming a Clanmil Volunteer Mentor for home-schooling parents is a rewarding role which offers invaluable support to the tenants of Clanmil, especially as they may be teaching their children for the first time. A suitable Volunteer Mentor will have excellent communication skills, confidence and a non-judgemental, empathetic attitude. Potential volunteers should have parenting, social work and/or teaching experience or have been previously involved in a similar role.
Leonard Cheshire NI have launched a new project in Belfast for people aged 16-25 with a disability to explore citizen reporting and campaigning. Citizen reporting encompasses research skills, using digital media, journalism, blogging and campaigning for change. The team will train volunteers to explore issues impacting people in their community and to campaign for creating the change they want to see! This would be a great opportunity for anyone with a disability who may be interested in film making or journalism and would like to build on their confidence, communication skills and campaigning skills!
St Vincent de Paul charity shop on the Ormeau road is seeking a creative and digitally savvy individual to help them maintain their social media presence. This role offers the opportunity to gain experience of working on social media marketing, to be creative and innovative in collaboration with other volunteers and staff within SVP. This role will be flexible, allowing you to fit volunteering around your other commitments!