Volunteering in College
Volunteering can play a significant role in students' lives whilst they are at University and can be a great way to meet new people and make friends. You may also wish to become more involved with the local community, ‘give something back’ or pursue a new interest.
Access and Outreach
Student volunteers enable us to provide helpful open days and insights for prospective students. Our Schools Liaison Officer will be in contact with students throughout the year to recruit student volunteers for the following projects:
Would you like to chat with and answer questions from prospective students? This is a great opportunity to give insight into what life is like in Cambridge and encourage prospective students to apply to both Cambridge and Homerton. Talking to current students plays an important part in the decision process of our future freshers.
Homerton runs several open days throughout the year, for both prospective applicants and offer holders. Student volunteers create a welcoming atmosphere and help visitors get to know the real Homerton by sharing experiences as a student and giving insight into college life.
Each year, students assist in the running of admissions interviews. Student helpers welcome interviewees to the College and show them to their interview rooms. This helps our prospective students settle any nerves and feel comfortable.
Returning to Schools
Students are encouraged to return to their schools to encourage students to apply to Cambridge and Homerton college. Small grants are also available to assist in the expense of such visits.
Each year over the Easter holiday, Homerton runs a fundraising telethon whereby students contact past alumni of the College, in order to raise funds and donations for the college. Watch out for communications from the Development Team requesting volunteers.
Homerton Union of Students
Each year, a new JCR and MCR committee (known as the Homerton Union of Students) are elected by the student body. The JCR committee is usually elected across the Lent and Easter terms, whilst the MCR team are elected during Michaelmas. Students can find out more about upcoming elections on the HUS website.
Volunteering across the university
CAMbassadors take part in a range of access and outreach events across the university, including speaking to groups to share the student experience, giving tours of colleges, university sites and the city centre, stewarding at events, assisting participants and talking at teacher events to offer a student perspective.
Cambridge Hub is a student-led group offering practical volunteering, skilled placements, project incubation and events. We support students to learn about issues, connect and tackle social problems. Cambridge Hub also advertises and directs students to relevant and new volunteering opportunities.
Student Community Action
Student Community Action has been providing volunteering opportunities for students since 1972. With SCA, students have the opportunity to connect with and help the local Cambridge community, as well as experience life outside the student bubble. SCA offer a range of volunteering opportunities, with their most popular project, Big Sibs connecting student volunteers with vulnerable children ages 5 - 12.
The Student Union also advertises volunteering opportunities, for large scale events such as Reclaim the Night and Freshers Fair, as well as for outreach programmes. See their website for more information and updates on these opportunities. The SU also have a directory of student led societies across the university, many of which represent local and national charities through which students can volunteer and fundraise.
Cambridge Student RAG
RAG puts on some of the largest student run events in Cambridge, all with the aim of fundraising money for charities, which are selected by students each year. RAG also runs challenges, encouraging students to get involved and raise money.
National Volunteering Sites
You can also find volunteering opportunities with organisations across the UK using the following database sites.