Give it a Go Volunteering!

Give it a go volunteering provides a range of one-off taster activities for you to try, and find out what you like to do, so come and get involved. If you really like an activity, you can set up a connection and return when you like. Alternatively, why not get a group together and set it up as Student-Led Volunteer Project! For more information email

What's on this term...

Most activities are bookable by visiting FXU, and a view include free transport. Some of our event require a £5 deposit, which will be returned to you on the day of the event.

Sunday 12th March

Cornwall Hospice Care Half Marathon volunteering - Click here to find out more


Saturday 25th March

Taster day at Camp Kernow - Click here to find out more


On going projects and past project...


Penryn & Falmouth Memory Cafe - Activitiy sessions volunteering with people with Dementia

Looking for somewhere to volunteer in your local community which is a bit different and will stand out on your CV? Working with people dementia is hugely rewarding and valuable, and is so greatly appreciated by those experiencing the disease, as well as their carers.

Falmouth, Emmanuel Baptist Church - Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 2-4pm.

Penryn, Temperance Hall - Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, 2-4pm.

Join the volunteer group:


National Trust Coastal Zone Conservation - Date TBC

The Trelissick estate sits on the edge of the Fal Estuary and plays host to a range of habitats including large gardens, woodland and a small beach. You will be working with the National Trust rangers who will give you full training and equipment for your activities.

For this trip, you will have lots of marine clearance work to do, down at Trelissick Beach, clearing and repairing the sea wall that was breached in the recent storms. 


National Trust Woodland Management - Date TBC

Based at Trelissick Gardens. For this trip, you will be working with the woodland team, learning about day to day woodland management. You be able to get involved in a range of activities and in the past we have undertaken planting, brush clearance, shelter and enclosure building, bonfires and fence laying/natural hedge work. There is always work to do and each visit will be slightly different.


Primate Sanctuary conservation - Date tbc

This project at Looe Monkey Sanctuary is a great combination of everything. The Sanctuary specialises in pet trade rescue and awareness raising. As a volunteer you will help to maintain the site, create enrichment activities and learn about a lot about animal behaviour. A £4 donation is require for this one which will fund sanctuary staff cover on the day.

Tickets available soon


Boot Up! - on-going throughout the year

If you would like to gain experience working with children, or in woodland/allotment management, Boot Up! is a local project, initiated by Falmouth University and now run independently. The site is a great outdoor playground with yurts, straw eco huts, allotments, open field spaces and soon to be a tree house! They are looking for volunteers to help work and maintain the site, and also to help run arts and craft workshops. This year they will be running 3 sessions:

Tuesdays 9am to 3:30pm: Children’s Workshops and tree house building (free lunch supplied)

Wednesday 2pm to 4:30pm & Saturday 9:30 - 12:30: Allotment and site work days (lunch or tea/cake supplied)


BUCS Surf Championships - October

BUCS is an annual, nationally recognised, sports competition, where university teams go head to head against each other. The surf event takes place in Newquay, North Cornwall, and they are always in need of volunteers to help run the event.

Positions available:

Events Assistant


Flicka Horse & Donkey Sanctuary Volunteering

No experience needed for this, just good old fun horsing around. Follow the link below. Great for those looking for animal welfare and handling experience. For more information on this Student Led Volunteer Project follow the link below. You can book on to this activity through the project leaders, on the Facebook page.


Kayak Estuary Clean

Join us (Encounter Cornwall) for an estuary clean up with a difference on the Fowey Estuary! Marine litter is a huge problem around the UK, affecting a wide range of wildlife and site of beauty. We will be taking to the kayaks to have a good old clean. Kayak experience is desirable but if you have not kayaked before please do let us know, and we will make sure some extra training is given.


Woodlane Nursery Fun Sessions - on going

The Woodlane Nursery Volunteer project will be under new leadership in Spring 2015. They sessions run from arts and crafts, to outings with the children. They love the visit and get very excited for the event. This sessions normally run on a Wednesday afternoon. Once the new committee is up and running, dates will be posted. In the meantime, if you are interested in getting involved, you can join the Facebook page


National Student Volunteer Week 2015 - Monday 20th - Sunday 26th February

A week promoting all things volunteering and your opportunity to get stuck in and have a go. A full programme of events will be up soon.


Placements and projects

Dracaena Centre Youth & Sports Volunteering - work with  the local community by enriching the lives of its residents

Fire & Emergency Support Service Volunteers - offering support and comfort to people in moments of crisis

BF Adventure - work with young people encouraging them to develop new skills at the Adventure Centre

Girlguiding in Cornwall - Youth and community volunteering opportunities

Active8 Volunteers - helping adults and young people with disabilities

Agape Volunteers - volunteering projects in Africa

Looe Monkey Sanctuary - volunteer placements

National Lobster Hatchery (Padstow) - volunteer opportunities

Olive Branch Community Cafe and Stall - help support a local community group

CHICKS Camps  - CHICKS provide respite breaks for disadvantaged children

CLIC Sargent Reps - help represent the charity in the local community (free training and expenses covered!)

Leukaemia CARE Ambassador Programme - help to represent the charity and earn accreditation towards a V-inspired award!


Watch this space for more opportunities!

To sign up for any of the above events, by emailing or pop in to the FXU Activities office.