A Bit About Us

Cardiff Volunteering was formed in August 2015 to provide a comprehensive volunteering service for Cardiff University students. We are the Students’ Union’s in-house Charity governed by a Board of Trustees, including current students. Our Board Members meet several times over the academic year to make key decisions about the way the charity is run.

We run lots of projects working with a variety of groups in the community, including children, young people, the elderly, those with additional needs and much more! We have a range of regular projects and one-off opportunities on offer, as well as an on-line “bureau” that links you into loads of amazing volunteering opportunities with external organisations, so there is sure to be something to suit anyone who’d like to try volunteering. Whether you are just looking for a volunteering opportunity for yourself, or looking for something that your entire club or society can do to help you with your tiering then look no further .. and if you have an amazing volunteering idea that's not listed then just come and speak to us about it so we can help you make it happen!

We’re based in the Skills Hub on the 2nd floor of the Students’ Union. Here you’ll find the Volunteering Manager and Volunteering Coordinators, who will be able to answer any questions you may have before you apply. Our Volunteering Coordinators manage the day to day running of the charity, including communicating with Lead Volunteers and organising events.

We are here every weekday to help you find out more about all aspects of voluntary work, from our projects to volunteering for external charities. The team will give you as much information about projects as possible and provide any help and assistance you may need during the application process and beyond.

Meet The Team

Michelle Lenton-Johnson 

Michelle is our Student Development Manager who joined the Students’ Union after a lot of experience in volunteering and other charity activity in Cardiff. Michelle is in charge of setting up the Cardiff Volunteering department, as well as helping to manage other student facing services in the Students’ Union like Jobshop and the Skills Development Service.

She is rarely found without a Starbucks in hand! Fun fact: Michelle was an Olympic Torchbearer in Cardiff in 2012!

Jake Stoneman

Jake is relatively new to the team having arrived in September 2018. He recently graduated with a degree in Economics from Cardiff.

Jake volunteered for several charities whilst studying in Cardiff including for The Learning Club and Sub Saharan Advisory Panel, he’s also volunteered in Scotland and Malawi. He’s excited to be working for the Cardiff Volunteering team and to be leading one of our newest events Mini-Jailbreak!

Hannah Snape

Hannah completed her Masters Degree in Ancient History at Cardiff University in September 2018. She was heavily involved in Cardiff University Students' Union during her time as a student, spending a lot of her spare time volunteering and working as student staff. She also spent a lot of her summers volunteering in her home town. She is passionate about helping other students make the most of their time at university by getting involved in volunteering and in particular is working on developing the Volunteering Executive Committee.

Lauren Dovey

Lauren completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology in the summer of 2017 from Bangor University. At her time there she sat on over 9 committees achieved full colours in sport and was on the steering committee for Student volunteering Bangor as well as lead volunteering 4 projects. Since then she has worked in the addiction and acquired brain injury field of health care but has since returned back to her volunteering routes. Lauren is keen to develop the environmental and vulnerable adults projects and also try and include dogs wherever possible.

Meet The Trustees

Orla Tarn - VP Societies and Volunteering
Jackie Yip - SU President
Steve Wilford - Director of Engagement, Cardiff university Students' Union
Jayne Goodfellow - Representative from Cardiff University
Alex Hicks - External Trustee
Vacant Position - External Trustee
Luke Morgan - Student Trustee
Vacant Position - Student Trustee

Our Objective

Our charitable object is the advancement of education of students at Cardiff University for the public benefit by:

  • Creating and supporting volunteering opportunities for Cardiff University students that provide benefit to Cardiff University students and the local community in Cardiff and the surrounding areas
  • Working with other charities and community organisations to maximise the positive impact that Cardiff University students make on the local community in Cardiff and the surrounding areas
  • Working with Cardiff University to embed student volunteering within the curriculum
  • Promoting any charitable purposes for the benefit of Cardiff University students and the community in Cardiff and the surrounding areas
  • Promoting student and life-long community service among Cardiff University students by providing guidance, opportunities for personal development, skills development and participation in wide aspects of voluntary community involvement

Our Vision

To work in partnership with Cardiff University Students’ Union to ensure that all Cardiff University Students maximise their personal development and make a sustained and valued contribution to society through positive engagement in volunteering.

Our Mission Statement

To promote a culture of volunteering at Cardiff University enabling students to engage with rewarding opportunities, facilitating their personal development whilst contributing to their local community.

Our Aims

Cardiff Volunteering has 12 core aims:
Aim 1: Inspire Cardiff University Students about volunteering and the positive effect it can have on their careers and other areas of life.
Aim 2: Inform Cardiff University students about volunteering and ensure they know where information and support can be found.
Aim 3: Work in partnership with other bodies and organisations across the sector.
Aim 4: Develop and maintain a diverse and inclusive range of volunteering opportunities both within Cardiff University itself and from a broad range of external organisations that appeal and are accessible to a diverse range of students.
Aim 5: Ensure the provision of volunteering opportunities that link in with students’ learning objectives through the Student Development Programme.
Aim 6: Measure the impact of volunteering both to the students themselves and the wider community via both qualitative and quantitative feedback from students and internal and external partners.
Aim 7: Celebrate the volunteering achievements of Cardiff University students.
Aim 8: Enhance the portfolio of personal development opportunities provided to students by Cardiff University Students’ Union.
Aim 9: Be the first point of contact regarding volunteering for Cardiff University Students’ Union, Cardiff University departments and students themselves.
Aim 10: Work with Cardiff University to embed volunteering within the curriculum.
Aim 11: Ensure that at least 25% of Cardiff University students engage in some form of volunteering activity during their time at University.
Aim 12: Stay at the forefront of knowledge regarding volunteering.

Annual Impact Reports

2017-18

2016-17

2015-16