Student Volunteering Week 2019

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Student Volunteering Week is a national campaign NUSU Go Volunteer is taking part in.

Now in its 18th year, this event gives you the chance to develop your employability skills, improve wellbeing and give back to the local community.

11- 17th of Feb is a week jam packed with different volunteering activities for everyone.

There is even a Volunteer Fair which gives you the chance to meet and chat with 30+ local charities.


Events include:


  • Leazes Park conservation AM 9:30-12 (20 places)
  • Leazes Park conservation PM 1-3:30 (20 places)

Newcastle City Council's Rangers are looking for volunteers to help tidy up and maintain Leazes Park.

Activities will include gardening, tree planting, coppicing, litter picking, nature habitat creation and improvements.

You do not need to know how to do any of the above, the rangers will teach you how!

You don't need to be fit to take part - but you may become fitter, make friends and learn new skills.

  • A Second Life Workshop

5-6pm Dunstanburgh room in NUSU Central

Come along to A Second Life a Go Volunteer projects workshop and help us make plant holders and pencil cases from old recycled vinyl banners.


  • Littler pick (30 places)

2pm Spitler Community Centre 19 Morpeth street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AS

Come along and help us tidy up the Fenham area.

All equipment will be provided

  • Charity Shop Volunteering

1-5pm Oxfam (5 places)

Oxfam are in need of a big hand to help organise the shop. If you’re up to the extremely reward task we have space for 5 volunteers to come along.

12-2 British Heart Foundation (6 places)

Ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer in a charity shop?

The shop wouldn't be able to run without the help of a fantastic volunteer team. Our volunteers help with everything from merchandising on the shop floor and giving great customer service at the till to sorting and pricing the generous donations we are given in the back office.


  • Destiny Street Works Storage Organisation


Destiny Street Works are a local group who take food and other items to those who are sleeping rough on the streets of Newcastle.

After a massively successful Christmas appeal, the Destiny Streetworx charity has a mountain of donations that need organising for their weekly outreach service, providing food, clothing and essentials to our street friends.

  • Stu Brew Tour

12:30 & 3:30 (7 places on each)

Stu Brew is Europe’s first student-led microbrewery based at Newcastle University and successfully produces craft beers that are sold both locally and nationally.  Would you like the opportunity to have a nosey at what goes on behind the scenes of making the brews?

Stu Brew will be running brewery tours at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

For your chance to visit the brewery, learn about the brewing process and how to get involved in Stu Brew activities, please request a space by emailing  There are only 7 spaces per tour so early booking is recommended!

Meet up point – NUSU reception


  • Volunteer Fair

11am-3pm Venue

30+ stalls with opportunities to volunteer on campus, in the community and further afield.

Free food for attendees, CV advice and more!

Scan your Smartcard for a chance to win a £25 Amazon Voucher.

  • INTOgration micro volunteering session

5-6pm INTO building

INTOgration is a conversation group set up to help international students improve and practise their conversational English whilst learning about British culture, regional dialects, colloquialisms, idioms and lots more!

Come along to today’s session to find out more about volunteering. We will be writing cards and letters to sick children to make them smile!


  • Micro volunteering

11:30-2:00 MLK

Pop in any time over your lunch break and help is with our micro volunteering activities. We will be making cards and letters for ill children, friendship bracelets for girls in rural Kenya and bags to cover transfusion bags for children in the RVI hospital. Each activity only takes 15 mins of your day.

  • Willow Coppicing with the Friends of Rupert’s Wood (15 Places)

10 – 5pm             

Our task is to chop a willow maze (15 feet high!) down to the ground. The roots will then send up new shoots and after a year’s green growth we will return to weave it back into a maze for children and visitors to enjoy.


  • Owl box making

1pm History Room

Do you love owls?

Come and help us making some cosy boxes for the Barn and Tawny Owls.

  • Bees DIY

2-4 MLK

Do you love bees?

If you would like to find out more about the Go Volunteer bees and how you can help then come along and find out more!

Suzanne will be giving an introductory presentation on the bee society and the beehives.

You will be helping with hive maintenance, building frames, checking old parts for wear and repair.

We will also visit the roof (where the bees live). If it's sunny the bees might be flying.

  • Coppafeel Uniboob Dodgeball game and pub quiz

The Uni Boob Team in collaboration with the dodgeball team are holding our annual fundraising event- the BoobBall tournament followed by a pub quiz.

All the money raised at this event will be going to the charity CoppaFeel! Anyone can take part!

The event is running from 4.30 till 7 in the Sports Hall.

To sign up you need a team of 8, with a minimum of 2 females per team.

Entry is £5 and this also includes entry to the pub quiz being held at North Terrace after the tournament.

Week long activities

  • Food Bank collection for Newcastle West End Foodbank

Helping Our Homeless are collecting donations for Newcastle West End Foodbank throughout Student Volunteering Week.

Bring by your donations to one of the drop off points in the students union building.

Recommended food donations: Cereal, Soup, Pasta, Rice, Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce, Lentils, beans and pulses, Tinned meat, Tinned vegetables, Tea/coffee, Tinned fruit, Biscuits, UHT milk, Fruit juice

Other recommended donations:

Toiletries - deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes

Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid

Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons

Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food.

Come along and see what it is like to volunteer with us


  • Monday 5:30 - reading
  • Tuesday 5:30 - art
  • Wednesday 5:30 - conversation
  • Thursday 1-3 - Outreach
  • Thursday 5:30-6:60 - men and women's footy
  • Friday 1-3 - Outreach
  • Friday 5:30-6:30 - Mixed Basketball
  • Saturday 10-1 Community
  • Saturday 10-1 STEM
  • Saturday 10-1 Nursery
  • Sunday 10-1 Community
  • Sunday 10-1 STEM
  • Sunday 10-1 Nursery


For more info and how to sign up follow the link to our website: or email Becky on


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