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Sports and Recreation


Applications for general volunteer roles will open during Freshers week 2018 unless otherwise stated


HSBC UK Guided Rides

This year, Cardiff Volunteering has teamed up with British and Welsh Cycling to find 10 Guided Ride leaders, to join an existing team of Guided Ride leaders in Cardiff and inspire more people to get fit, have fun and ride bikes in our amazing City.

You don’t need to be a cycling expert or competitive racer, just be confident riding in a group and have a good level of cycling fitness. The project is open to
all kinds of cyclists as long as you have heaps of enthusiasm and you’re happy to support beginner bike riders and families. 

Full Ride Leadership Award and Basic First Aid training will be provided. The assessed one-day course qualifies you to deliver guided bike rides within the HSBC UK Guided Ride programme for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths. All Guided Ride leaders will need to be First Aid trained and British Cycling will issue all ride leaders with a first aid kit, ride leader kit and membership for the year, all Guided Ride leaders are expected to organise a minimum of eight rides a year. Places are extremely limited on this project and selection will be determined via an interview process. Find out more.


Key Dates

Closing date for applications: Monday 8th October
Interview date: Wednesday 10th October
Training date: Saturday 20th October Ride Leadership (full day) plus Basic First Aid (half day – date tbc)

When: Min of 8 rides per year

Where: Various locations in / around Cardiff

DBS Required: No


Marketing Crew

The Marketing and Communications Department at Cardiff University Students’ Union are looking for a group of enthusiastic students to join their Marketing Crew. This is a great opportunity to volunteer and play a key role in marketing Students’ Union services and campaigns.

You would be involved in face to face promotion across campus of the campaigns, events and services offered by the Students’ Union, as well as giving feedback about past and current campaigns, and putting forward your ideas for future marketing campaigns. As part of the Marketing Crew, you would also assist in delivering market research events in and around the Students’ Union. 

A huge part of the role will be going out and gathering feedback from students
face-to-face. So if you’re a confident communicator and aren’t afraid to get out there and approach people, then you’ll be a perfect addition to the crew. For any students interested in a future career in the marketing or communications field, this is a great opportunity for you and would look great on your CV. 

Prospective employers love to see relevant experience and are drawn to candidates who have shown initiative, especially those who have experience in communicating with others. All volunteers will be eligible to undertake the Diploma of Professional Development in Leadership.

When: Flexible, usually around 2-4 hours a week

Where: Various locations around the SU

DBS Required: no


Petting Zoo

Initially set up to provide a safe and enjoyable space for young people with learning difficulties, Giovanni’s Petting Zoo is an animal haven. From rabbits and
ducks, to guinea pigs, pigs and koi carp - the farm is thriving.

The Petting Zoo is growing bigger each day and volunteers are desperately needed to help out with maintaining the animals welfare by feeding, cleaning and 
pampering them as well as ensuring their surroundings are comfortable and up to scratch. The animals love attention and are looking forward to having some new faces to give it to them.

When: Sundays 13:00 –17:00

Where: Marshfield, Newport

DBS Required: no


Puppy Power 

You will volunteer at a local dog’s rescue centre (Hope Rescue), helping to walk the dogs, groom them, feed them, wash them (and their kennels!) and best of all play with them and give them lots of love and attention! You may occasionally be offered the chance to contribute to fundraising events and activities.

Hope Rescue also have a Charity shop in nearby Pontypridd and volunteers also take the dogs there to promote the work of the Charity. Please note that this project is very popular so early application is recommended! It also requires regular commitment so please only apply if you can attend regularly on Wednesday afternoons.

Where: Hope Rescue Centre and Boarding Kennels

DBS required: No

More info here if you want to apply for a lead volunteer position.


 Training will be provided for most projects

Please email us with any questions