Volunteering is a pretty rewarding experience, especially when the project you get involved in is something that really interests you! At the University of Birmingham, there are lots of different volunteering societies to sign up to. These cover lots of different areas so there’s bound to be one that you fancy joining. Here’s just some of the best groups to get stuck in to.
Make a Smile
Make a Smile isn’t Guild affiliated but that doesn’t mean that UOB students can’t join their Birmingham chapter! The charity is all about putting a smile on vulnerable children’s’ faces by dressing up as Disney characters at events. You’ll be able to learn valuable skills such as sign language and help brighten people’s days up.
Dog Soc is a space for every dog lover to bond over their love for their furry friends. They do regular meet ups as well as lots of fundraisers for dog shelters and charities. Why not take part in one of their dog walks or bake off challenges, having fun whilst raising money for a good cause?
Action against Homelessness
Action against Homelessness is a group that does regular meets ups, handing out food to the homeless. They go out in the city centre helping provide for those in need and also set up fundraisers. This is a great opportunity to feel like you are really making a differences to the lives of others.
First Aid Society
First Aid Society has links to St John’s Ambulance, allowing students to get trained up and able to attend events. They go to lots of different events in the city centre and act as people’s first port of call for first aid if any accidents and injuries arise. First aid is a skill that everyone should know; you just never know when it could save someone’s life.
Birmingham Marrow encourages people to register to donate their stem cells to those in need. You will help spread the word to other students and inform them of all of the important aspects they need to know before getting involved. This is such a rewarding opportunity and one that could really make an impact on someone.
UOB Conservation is wonderful for those students who are at one with nature. You will get to visit a range of different wildlife parks and carry out conservation projects to protect the wildlife. This is especially important in the age of climate change and will appeal to all of those who are aware of the damaging effects it has on our environment.
ValeFest is one of the best highlights of the academic year. In fact, it’s the largest student run festival in Europe! If you want to volunteer in arranging the event this year then join their society. You can help arrange the food vendors, music line up and more. What an opportunity!