Start a Volunteering Project

Starting a Volunteering Project

What is a Volunteering Project
Project Life Cycle
Project Criteria
Benefits of being a volunteering project
How can I apply?

What is a Volunteering Project?

A volunteering project provides opportunities for members to donate their time, skills and expertise for a specific cause?. This could be a mentoring programme for secondary school students, an after school club, a befriending project for a Care Home or a beach clean!

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Project Life Cycle 

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What is the criteria for becoming a volunteering project?

Volunteering Projects should:

  • Provide opportunities for members to donate their time, skills and expertise for a specific cause

  • Work in harmony with other Societies, Fundraising and Volunteering projects, Media Outlets, Campaigns, the Students' Guild and University

Proposed volunteering projects can only be considered if the following conditions are met:

  • The Volunteering Project Application Form must be filled in correctly and in full.

  • It is a project focused on providing opportunities for members to donate their time, skills, and expertise

  • The proposed project’s objectives do not contravene Students' Guild or University policy

  • The proposed project’s objectives do not threaten the financial status of the Students' Guild 

  • You must have at least two project leaders in place before submitting this form 

  • The proposed project does not overlap with existing groups or projects within the Students' Guild

Each project is required to have the following:

  • Short description outlining the project
  • Volunteer requirements: time commitment, frequency, benefits, accessability and travel
  • Whether a DBS Check is required
  • Application process for volunteers
  • Risk Assessment for activities
  • A Budget 

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Benefits of being a volunteering project with the Students' Guild?

  1. Online training module covering the essentials of safeguarding, cause for concers, support for volunteers and much more
  2. Free DBS checks for volunteers if a project meets the requirements for a DBS check
  3. Access to a project email and Microsoft apps to help you run your project
  4. Online resources to help you understand and fulfil your role 

  5. One-to-one help, information and resources from the Activities Team and officers. 
  6. Support in risk-assessment processes to ensure your project fulfil your duty of care and provide safe and successful activites.
  7. Promotion of your project via our website
  8. Sign up process for volunteers
  9. Free access to booking Guild spaces and University rooms
  10. Access to Guild publicity channels - digital screens, student media, posterboards.

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How can I apply?

If you're an affiliated Society, complete the Project Plan here, and send a copy to 

If you're not an affiliated Society, please complete the application form here. 

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