Volunteering at The SU
We love connecting our community with other like-minded groups and organisations, volunteering is a brilliant way to explore your interests, meet new people and try new experiences.
You can track your volunteering hours through the Legends scheme, receiving rewards for particular milestones during your time at university. If you're more interested in fundraising through an event or challenge, The SU can help you every step of the way from coming up with ideas and booking spaces to advertising and sending money to your chosen charity.
Hours logged by our Legends
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Become a legend
By taking part in our Volunteering Scheme and registering your hours on 'Legends', you can get your commitment to volunteering recognised with certificates, incentives and a fantastic 'Skills Record' that you can present to future employers.
We work to build links with external providers to provide quality opportunities for you to volunteer in Cornwall, allowing you to try new experiences, develop skills and make a difference. We work with a range of community partners, charities and Student Led Projects to support your volunteering ambition.
Find an opportunity
Keep track of your hours
If you are an international student, please also be aware that there are restrictions on volunteering and voluntary work.
We are currently revisiting the Legends scheme. You can log your hours for the 2021/22 academic year.
Log your hours
Over 1,000 hours logged
This year, our student members have already volunteered over 1,000+ hours of their time to various causes locally, nationally and internationally.
If you have any questions about volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wanted to share some amazing online opportunities to expand your horizons and make new connections.
Please continue to follow government guidelines and do not take any undue risks with your personal health and online safety.
We would love to hear your stories of how you are helping. If you would like to feature in our news stories, please email email@example.com.
Also don't forget to log your hours on our Legends Platform if you are volunteering!
Research and conservation
Instant Wild brings you live images from cameras around the world. Tag the animals to help conservation research. What rare species will you find?
ZSL’s Instant Wild empowers you to take part in vital conservation work by bringing you LIVE images and videos from amazing locations all around the world for you to identify. You don’t need any special expertise to take part – help is provided in our handy Field Guides – simply sign up and start tagging the animals in the images.
ZSL Instant Wild
Contribute to Science: Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.
Language and communication
Don't worry if you spend hours playing this game - you'll be doing it in the name of Science!
Have fun learning everyday conversation skills with people from all over the world. Be a language expert (buddy) or just join in the chat and learn a language!
Translators Without Borders
Are you fluent in more than one language? Put your skills to great use in engaging projects to suit all preferences. There are also great opportunities for graphic and web page designers.
Translators Without Borders
History and humanitarianism
They need your help to turn our collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications.
Through our detailed research and determined campaigning, we help fight abuses of human rights worldwide.
Amnesty Write for Rights
Are you a history enthusiast? The Imperial War Museum offers some great voluntary opportunities for you to do from the comfort of your own home, Transcribing / verifying records, stories, film or war diaries... you never know where this could transport you back to...
Imperial War Museum
Missing maps is an open and collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. No experience is needed to be able to take part!
A volunteer experience that gives you the chance to see the world through different eyes…Catchafire drives positive change through the giving of time and talent.
A free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people.
Be My Eyes
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organisations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device.
The SU is here to help you with your charity fundraising plans. Events can be for any registered charity and could involve anything from a sky diving or marathon to sponsored knitting or bingo.
How to fundraise
If you are an affiliated student group you must let us know that you are fundraising, in order to be compliant with charity law.
Check out this ace Student Fundraising Guide.
Because the SU is a registered charity (and your group is part of The SU), it cannot donate money to other charities. Students' unions have an exemption from this rule, but all charitable donations from affiliated student groups MUST be processed through the RAD accounts.
Don't worry- your society will still receive all the recognition for your efforts! If you're fundraising for an activity group, check out the “How to Adopt a Charity” guide.
Before you run a fundraising event you will need to read and complete the relevant Activity Request Forms and complete a detailed Risk Assessment. If you have any questions about this, or would like some help with the forms, please don't hesitate to ask.
Adopt a charity
The SU is very keen to develop fundraising on our campuses and to support all of the amazing charity work that is done by clubs, societies, SLVPs and other groups. Adopt a Charity is a scheme that has been developed to allow Raise & Donate (RAD) to support groups, consolidate charity relationships and encourage different groups to get involved with fundraising.
A group would Adopt a Charity (check out guide here) for an academic year and hold fundraisers throughout the year to support that charity. For example, SU GeogSoc regularly fundraises for Shelterbox and this year formalised that relationship and adopted the charity. It's a great way to make connections and do something for a good cause!
For more information on how to get involved, contact our Student Engagement Coordinator, Kerry, on Kerry.BlewettHill@thesu.org.uk.
How we can help
- Fundraising event ideas
- Banking money
- Processing donations
- Supplying fundraising collection pots
- Room/outside space bookings
- Training and advice
- Marketing/press releases