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


This is an amazing new studentled volunteering scheme run by Physiotherapy students for Physiotherapy students, with the aim of getting the community active. The project is based at the TAV’s Community Centre and the Heath Park Campus and encourages disadvantaged individuals to get outside and explore their local area. ACTAV8’s main objective is to provide fun and memorable walks for these members of the community in and around Cardiff, helping to unite the wider community. Walking creates a positive and friendly atmosphere, boosting self-esteem and providing a sense of achievement for those who take part. This is an exciting opportunity and an ideal way for Physiotherapy students to make their mark within Cardiff’s community.

When: Various dates throughout the year

Where: Various locations in central Cardiff

DBS Required: No

Fab 5

A group of volunteers plan and deliver up to 4/5 themed events at a local day centre for residents with dementia throughout the academic year. Previous student volunteers have had great fun hosting everything from Christmas and Valentine’s parties to Easter bonnet competitions. This project is a lot of fun and very rewarding!

When: Flexible - 4/5 events per year plus planning sessions.

Where: Oldwell Court Day Centre

DBS Required: No

Family Hostel Volunteering

**We are looking for lead volunteers for this project for the 2018-19 academic year. More information coming soon. If you would like to enquire about being lead on this project please contact Kelly**

General Volunteer applications will open in September 2018.

In partnership with Cardiff Council Housing Services, this project won our Community Impact Award in 2018! As a volunteer you have the opportunity to engage with people at risk of homelessness at either Greenfarm family hostel or Adams Court family hostel (you will be allocated to one hostel for the duration of your time as volunteer on this project for the academic year). we are looking for 12 confident student volunteers. 

Activities could range from arts and crafts to playing games or baking to just having a cup of coffee and a chat. You will visit during term time on Wednesday afternoons with your fellow volunteers and your lead volunteer. Full training given and you'll also receive the benefits of that of a Cardiff Council member of staff. Such a rewarding project that the beneficiaries (adults and children) really enjoy, as well as the volunteers.


Important Dates that you must be able to attend (especially the last 3 dates):

Wednesday 10th October 2018 2-4pm Introduction/visit the hostel (for those interested in this project and want to find out more)

Wednesday 17th October 2018 2-5pm Induction Day (you would need to have applied for a DBS before this date)

Wednesday 24th October 2018 2-4pm Cardiff Council training courses: mental health. hostel working. AGORED accredited.

Wednesday 31st October 2018 4-6pm Project visits start (Halloween themed!) You will need your full DBS certificate to participate.

When: Weekly to fit around timetables

Where: Greenfarm Hostel, Ely and Adams Court, Cardiff.

DBS Required: Yes


**Recruiting now and looking for Lead Volunteers**

Headway help people affected by acquired brain injury to rebuild their lives. There are various roles and as a volunteer you could help increase awareness and understanding of brain injury and its consequences or help to provide the necessary support to those with brain injury and their families, to help them attain the highest possible quality of life.

To learn more about the volunteer roles please click to each to download a description:

Activities Group Volunteer

Social Group Volunteer

Support volunteer

When: Flexible (to suit your timetable)

Where: Rookwood Hospital, Cardiff

DBS Required: Yes 


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Hospital Student Volunteering

**Currently closed for 2018-19 applications**

Volunteer on hospital wards at the Heath and Llandough Hospital providing support to staff and patients, befriending and delivering wellbeing activities, download a role description here. You will need an occupational health certificate to take part, we'll help you with this should you be invited to interview. For this particular project, we conduct a 10/15 minute interview, which is just an informal chat. Interviews for these roles will be held with Cardiff Volunteering and LHB staff. Interview dates are below, these cannot be changed. If you have any questions about the application process for this project please contact Kelly 

Please apply here

When: 2 hours weekly at various times to fit around your schedule.

Where: University Hospital of Wales (Heath Campus) and Llandough Hospital (We cannot guarantee you a particular hospital/ward but please do let us know if you have a preference)

DBS Required: Yes, plus an occupational health letter (see info above)

Interview dates:

Monday 16th April 2018 between 9am and 12.30pm

Tuesday 17th April 2018 between 9am and 12.30pm

Monday 23rd April 2018 between 9am and 12.30pm


The Huggard Homeless Centre

This project is a befriending and support project for adults (18+) in Cardiff who are homeless. The project take splace within the
Huggard Centre (an open-door dropin centre and hostel), which is located behind Cardiff Central train station. 

Volunteers will visit the centre for a few hours a week to socialise with the service users, engaging them in diversionary activities such as bingo and board games. 

This project appeals to people that want to work as part of a team, with fellow volunteers and service users alike. At times this can be a challenging environment as service users will not always want to engage in the activities, therefore confidence, a thick skin and enthusiasm is needed!

Key Dates:

Induction visit: Wednesday 17th October at 13:30
Project start date: Wednesday 24th October
Closing date for Round 1 applications: Friday 12th October

When: Flexible to suit you schedule

Where: Huggard Centre

DBS Required: no


Knitwits is a volunteer project for students who can charm the yarn, are itching to get stitching, or are hooked on crochet (get it?) - but who also want to make a real difference within communities. 

Knitwits is a fun and safe space where students of all needlework abilities can meet with nursing home residents and the local elderly community for some good, ol’ fashioned knitting and nattering.

Not only will this look great on your CV, but you’ll meet some characters with buckets of life experience, bridge the generation gap, and combat loneliness in the elderly. And to top it all off, we’ll donate all the finished projects – blankets, booties, jumpers, cuddly toys – to children’s wards or to homeless charities. If this sounds like a project for you, you must be a knitwit too!

When: Various days

Where: Cardiff, various locations

DBS Required: No

Oasis Cardiff Student Volunteers

Oasis Cardiff works with refugees and asylum seekers. The centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm and we are looking for volunteers who can give a couple of hours a week during these times. The role is very varied, you could be running social activities, helping beneficiaries with form-filling, assisting in the kitchen, helping on reception, assisting with ESOL English conversation classe, befriending individuals or helping out in the on-site crèche.

The crèche runs between 10.30am and 12pm Monday-Thursday, allowing beneficiaries to leave their children safely whilst they attend classes and training at the centre. Volunteers would encourage children to engage in play activities. You will need a valid DBS if you would like to volunteer in the crèche.

When: Flexible (to suit your timetable)

Where: Oasis Cardiff, Splott

DBS Required: Only if you wish to volunteer in the crèche also. 

Periods In Poverty

General Volunteer applications will open in September 2018.

A wonderful new student lead project running donation points for sanitary products for local people in hardship - such as people who are homeless/ refugees / in family shelters. These donation points are in and around Cardiff, the University buildings and the SU. There are numerous volunteering roles, such as social media, organising pick up and deliveries of the donations, guidance with the project, and eventually, assist in lobbying the government to provide funding for sanitary products for people in hardship. Find us on Facebook for up to date news on this project.

A friendly and welcoming group of volunteers, so come join in and lend your expertise to a much-needed cause!

When: Monthly/Weekly – flexible to fit around your timetable

Where: Cardiff - Locations around campus and beyond

DBS required: No

Police Student Volunteering Scheme

**Applications currently open, closing date Friday 5th October 2018 - to receive an application please email: SwpStudentLiaisonCardiff@south-wales-pnn.police.uk**

**This project is not looking for a lead volunteer**

The Police Student Volunteering scheme was set up to help South Wales Police carry out various crime prevention campaigns and high high-visibility. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into what it’s like to be part of South Wales Police.

This project is a partnership between SVC, South Wales Police, Cardiff University, Cardiff Volunteering, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of South Wales and their Students' Unions.

Activities include:

  • Police walkabouts, where volunteers work directly with Police Constables (PCs) and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) visiting houses offering crime prevention advice around burglary and marking valuable items in the houses with security pens.
  • Police ‘Safety Bus’, where volunteers assist the police to highlight individuals who appear vulnerable to crime, ensuring they are taken home safely and/or provided with advice about how to avoid crime.
  • Property marking sessions, during which volunteers help with giving students advice on how to keep their belongings safe and secure.
  • Response shifts, answering 999 calls in police cars … and more!

This project requires specific vetting procedures organised by South Wales Police, plus project-specific training. There are usually at least two activities per month for the student volunteers to get involved with.

When: Dates and times flexible (you will be allocated shifts on a rota)

Where: Various locations.

Student Safety Walk

**Applications are now open for the 2018-19 academic year**applications not currently open**

Developed by a Bioscience Undergraduate student in 2015 and now working in partnership with South Wales Police. This project supports students who may feel uncomfortable getting home alone late at night. Volunteers will be "at and around" the Students' Union and offer a walking service to students on selected evenings, providing security, advice and referrals to other services such as the Safety Bus and Safe Taxi Scheme. Find us on Facebook for more info and a chance to ask questions.

Email SwpStudentLiaisonCardiff@south-wales.pnn.police.uk to receive an application form. 

When: We ask that you do a minimum of 2 shifts a month - Wednesdays/Saturdays, 22:00 - 03:00 (approx.) 

Where: Students' Union 

DBS required:

This project requires specific vetting procedures organised by South Wales Police, plus project-specific training. There are usually at least two activities per month for the student volunteers to get involved with.

Tea and Company

**We are looking for lead volunteers for this project for the 2018-19 academic year. More information coming soon. If you would like to enquire about being lead on this project please contact Kelly**

General Volunteer applications will open in September 2018.

A scheme in which volunteers work with two residential care homes in nearby town Penarth. Many of the residents do not have regular visitors, so our volunteers can make a huge difference by being there for them. You can sit and have tea and a chat, play games, join in/initiate activities, read to residents and more. This is a really lovely project and volunteers and beneficiaries really enjoy their time together.

When: Group visits: Various afternoons (Mon-Sun) TBC.

Where: Penarth

DBS Required: Yes

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

Training will be provided.

Please email us with any questions