Volunteering – a great way to get experience

Volunteering is a win-win. The organisation you volunteer for is able to keep delivering the benefits it delivers and you gain valuable experience of the working world. It also demonstrates to potential employers that you are someone who has an outward-looking character.

You can find volunteering vacancies through the Jobshop or approach local charities directly. Here are some ideas to get you started:



The Jobshop in the Student’s Union advertises a selection of jobs with charities, jobs, both paid and voluntary. If you are keen to work for a charity in a paid role after your degree, volunteer with them while you are at university to show your commitment.

SRO Aston

Student Outreach and Volunteering Dept

Discover opportunities to undertake outreach work in local primary and secondary schools. This can be through mentoring pupils to raise their aspirations or volunteering in the classroom. A great option if teaching is your career goal.

Do it C+P


Do-it is a job site for volunteering roles. It has details of opportunities with thousands of UK charities and you can register your details to receive alerts for specific roles.

St Basils Birmingham

St. Basils

St. Basils is a local charity in Birmingham city centre which supports young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. We work closely with St. Basils and many of our students volunteer with them.

Sifa Fireside

Sifa Fireside

There are lots of volunteering roles with Sifa Fireside, a Birmingham charity which aims to improve health and inclusion for homeless people. Opportunities range from placements to fundraising, and you can become a regular volunteer or join teams for one-off tasks.

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Charity Sector Guide

Save time and get accurate information by downloading our Charity Sector Guide. It contains a wealth of information about working for charities, in both paid roles and volunteering and gives you links to the main UK and West Midlands charities.