Volunteering From Home

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If you’re at home social distancing or self-isolating, feeling a little bored and would like to do something worthwhile to kill some time why not do some at home volunteering. 

We have a couple of options to help keep you busy over the next few days or weeks. If you have any ideas of how people can help from home let us know!


Post Pals:

Post Pals is an activity you might recognise, we often deliver this volunteering project on campus but now you can brighten a child’s day from the comfort of your own home. 

Post Pals is an online charity dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship. They support children aged 3 to 17 from all over the UK.

Usually we would get together draw some pretty pictures and write a lovely letter. As we are now doing this activity from home all you need is your email address. 

Visit www.postpals.co.uk, to see how you can help visit the 'Getting Involved' section, for advice on what to and what NOT to write you can find help here.

Once you have found a pal, on the contact details you should find the 'Email Pal' button. 

Happy Writing!


Knitting / crochet

We will reimburse you the cost of wool and needles - to do so you must email Becky on volunteerpw4.union@newcastle.ac.uk before purchase.

Proof of purchase will be required.


Now is the perfect opportunity to learn something new or start a new hobby. We have recently set up a knitting group who meet regular to knit and crochet items which can help those in hospital such as baby hats and canular covers and even teddys. We are also going to start making Ear Savers for key workers wearing masks. 

Check out these Ear Savers which are pretty quick to Crochet.


You can also check out this youtube video here: https://www.mooglyblog.com/quick-crochet-ear-savers/


Grab some wool and knitting needles (you can get these online) start with something simple and practice the different styles of stitches and knitting.

We will reimburse you the cost of wool and needles - to do so you must email Becky on volunteerpw4.union@newcastle.ac.uk before purchase.

Proof of purchase will be required.

You can find some great videos on YouTube, we will hopefully get some recommended patterns from the knitting group soon (watch this space) - if you have any patterns or reccomendations please share.


How to cast on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vm6oaYzHyA&t=232s

How to cast off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSwjIUiQZlM

Longtail cast on:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXA3gBNiSiM

How to knit a hat:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5yfnjhbz3I



Check out @warmbabyproject2018 on Facebook for ideas, hints and tips.

You can also visit Love Crafts for some free patterns and helpful hints and tips.

NUSU facebook page coming soon - a friendly online space to share ideas, learn and chat about all things knitting. 

Online Volunteering

Online volunteering is a great way to put your skills to great use, here you can find a variety of online opportunities you can help with from the comfort of your cosy bed in your pj's with a cuppa.

You can filter the huge list down to suit:

  • Task
  • Region
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Hours per week
  • Language

To see the full list, visit the website here: https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en


Imperial War Museums

  • The story of the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War is waiting to be discovered in 1.5 million pages of unit war diaries. We need your help to reveal the stories of those who fought in the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today.


  • Join this important project by volunteering your time. Help us to improve the Register so that future generations can continue to value and remember the people, places and events memorials commemorate.



Volunteer as a Translator

You can volunteer with TWB if you are fluent in at least one language other than your native language. Whether you are interested in translating medical texts or translating for crisis response, there are engaging projects available to suit all preferences.




If you have any other ideas of how you can keep volunteering from home, we want to hear from you. 

If you decide to take part in any of the above activities let us know! Email Becky on volunteerpw4.union@ncl.ac.uk with your name, student ID and activity.


Any questions about volunteering please email us on govolunteer.union@ncl.ac.uk


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