Volunteering Opportunities

OpportunityWhat you will be doingFace-to-face or online National or localTime commitmentDeadline for application
Virtual camp VolunteerThere are several virtual camp volunteer projects you can join from home available to suit your interests, including: personal development, environment, languages and arts and crafts. Online International  Varies dependent on chosen project Varies dependent on chosen project 
TED Talk TranslatorTED Translators are a community of volunteers who subtitle TED talks so that the talks may reach a global audience. Online  International  No set hours Currently ongoing 
Volunteer Charities Liaison AssistantVolunteers will be expected to liaise with their assigned national and local charities who work with homelessness and assist in keeping their details up to date on www.streetsupport.net. Volunteers will also gather case stories from their organizations to raise awareness for the homeless community.  Online  National  1-3 hours per week. Opportunity expires 01 Sept 2020. 
Project PlumageHelp to extract colour information to answer key questions about bird colour evolution by analyzing photographed museum specimens. Online National  No set hours  Currently ongoing 
Maturity of Baby Sounds volunteerHelp researchers to understand the early stages of language learning by classifying short recordings of babies’ speech sounds.  Online  National  No set hours  Currently ongoing  
Your Space Time fundraiserCreate new opportunities with mental health for disadvantaged communities via a mobile counselling service and assisting in expanding the service through fundraising. Online  National Dependent on the volunteer's availability 1 st  July 2020 
Rare Charity fundraiserYou will be required to assist in plugging the Rare Charity’s funding gap so that they may continue to provide scholarship programs for vulnerable communities in Malawi. This will include activities such as conducting online campaigns/ events and pitching for partnerships with companies.  Online  National  3 hours per week, may be negotiated. Currently ongoing 
American Cancer Society virtual volunteer   You will work alongside team members to complete a ‘Relay for Life’ - a virtual online relay completed using avatars in the ‘Second Life’ 3D virtual world. This virtual event raises money for the American Cancer Society. OnlineNationalNo set time commitment.Currently ongoing.
Crisis Text Line Volunteer Provide online support for those in a crisis over text. Volunteers aid those texting the crisis text line through active listening, collaborative problem solving and safety planning.  Online National  2-4 hours per week, 200 hours in total. Currently ongoing.
Covid Call volunteerCovid Call volunteers offer a free telephone service to aid those in their community who are self-isolating.  This could be aiding them in finding out how they may access food supplies or just having a friendly chat.  Online  National  Volunteers can sign up to shifts, dependent on their availability.  Currently ongoing.
The Mix young Ambassador As a young ambassador for The Mix you will be expected to raise awareness for the work that The Mix does in helping under 25’s overcome any issues they may face - from homelessness to break ups.  You will be required to publicize the work done by The Mix through platforms such as social media and press discussions.  Both National Volunteers must be able to commit to volunteering on an ad-hoc basis.  Currently ongoing.
Bookshare Volunteer Scanning, proofreading and describing images for individuals with reading disabilities. Online  National No set hours Currently ongoing 
UPchieve Volunteer  Providing tutoring and/or advice to low-income high school students. Online National  No set hours Currently ongoing  
CHD Living Volunteer  ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ campaign partners an individual with an elderly in CHD Living Home, to provide them with company through having phone/video calls and sending photos/postcards/letter via post or email. Online  International  No set hours  Currently ongoing  
Prince’s Trust Online MentorSupporting a young individual online who is looking for work or starting up their own business through weekly talks with your mentee, providing both feedback and encouragement.OnlineNationalMust be able to volunteer for at least six monthsCurrently ongoing
Zooniverse Volunteer * If you’re interested in becoming a moderator on a project, go to the project’s About page and get in touch with the researcher.Zooniverse offers a few different volunteering roles, these include: Zooniverse project volunteer - This role includes classifying the data of various research projects, there are plenty of different projects on the website available. Zooniverse beta tester - This involves working through classifications on the beta project to check that it works, checking for any bugs, and filling out a questionnaire at the end. Zooniverse project moderator - Project moderators help moderate discussions and act as a point of contact for the project.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing, depending on projects available at the time
Project ImplicitYou will be required to assist in psychological research on thoughts and feelings by taking an Implicit Association Test (IAT) from a list of various topics.OnlineNationalNo set hours, each test takes 10-15 minutes.Currently ongoing.
Be My Eyes VolunteerYou will be required to provide virtual assistance to the visually impaired through the ‘Be My Eyes’ app. This app allows a visually impaired individual to live video call a volunteer for help with tasks such as: Checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions, navigating surroundings.OnlineNationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
Translate Without Borders volunteerYou will be required to be fluent in one other language, other than your native language. There is various engaging projects where translating assistance is required – further information on these projects is available on their website.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
LibriVox volunteerThis role required reading and recording chapters of books within the public domain (books no longer under copyright) and make them available for free on the internet.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
Missing Maps VolunteerThis role requires you to use OpenStreetMap to help map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
Smithsonian Digital volunteerThis role involves using transcription to make historical documents and biodiversity data more available.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
UN volunteerUN volunteering offers lots of different online volunteering opportunities depending on your skills. These skills may range from translation, writing and editing, technology development, research, art and design etc. There is a wide variety in the UN volunteering opportunities available, for example: Conducting online English classes for youth in West Benga. Software developers for school management systems. OnlineInternationalWeekly hours vary with each volunteer opportunityCurrently ongoing
ZSL VolunteerSupporting ZSL conservation work by tagging animals seen in live videos and images provided by ZSL.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
Loving Hands VolunteerUsing knitting, sewing and crocheting skills to craft items to donate to charities and groups all over the world. There are various Loving Hands groups across the UK, more information on this is available on the website.OnlineNationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
Write On volunteerThis volunteer opportunities involves writing to those in need. There are several different types of Write On campaigns to get involved, for example: ‘Love for the Elderly’ is a group dedicated to writing kind letters to perhaps lonely, elderly individuals. ‘Braid Mission’ is a program dedicated to sending cards to local group homes and facilities that house youth who are separated from their loved ones.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
Trussell Trust foodbank volunteerLocal foodbanks across the nation are requiring volunteers to: Sort and pack food donations in their warehouses, Collecting donations from supermarkets, Delivering food to those in greatest needFace-to-faceNationalHours may vary between foodbanksCurrently ongoing
Volunteer West Berkshire *Find volunteer centers in your area.Providing help to those most vulnerable in the local community during Covid-19, this includes tasks such as: Delivering essential items, providing transport to appointments. There are similar volunteer schemes available in most areas nationwide, however, tasks may slightly vary.Face-to-faceLocal – West Berkshire (Similar volunteer schemes available nationwide)Hours dependent on individual availabilityCurrently ongoing
Do It Volunteer SchemeDo It offer two types of volunteering to help those vulnerable within their community during the Covid-19 crisis. Support can be either online or face-to-face, depending on volunteer preference. Support if offered in several ways: Food sorting, prescription pick up, shopping drop off, friendly phone conversations, tech support, helping from home.EitherNationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
Reach VolunteeringReach volunteering will match individuals with specialist professional skills, such as in IT, to charities requiring their help on either short-term projects or ongoing projects.EitherNationalHours vary with each volunteering projectEach volunteer project has varying end dates.
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UKThis is another organization that partners up volunteers to their local community aid group. Each group has varying volunteering tasks that they coordinate to help their neighbors who require assistance.EitherNationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
School in The Clouds VolunteerProviding support to deprived children in India, Colombia, Mexico and Greenland. Volunteers will educate, read stories, sing songs and chat to these children over skype.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
eBird volunteerAssisting in global bird research by simply tracking your bird sighting on the eBird website – contributing to a community network of worldwide birdwatchers.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
Amnesty Decoders VolunteerUsing your device to sift through pictures, information and documents to help expose human right violations. There are various projects available on their website.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
7 Cups volunteer7 Cups listeners offer emotional support to those that need it via online chat by simply listening to their personal troubles.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
Vocalid volunteerVocaliD volunteers record personal voice notes for VocaliD to enhance their research in building unique digital voices to uplift those who rely on assistive technology, and to diversify the voices they hear.OnlineInternational, (requires fluency in English)No set hoursCurrently ongoing
Project Gutenberg volunteerVolunteers assist in proofreading eBooks prior to their publication.OnlineInternationalNo set hoursCurrently ongoing
YUoR Community ChampionsAs a community champion, you can support the Reading community by offering your skills to help people in need of support, this could include doing things such as: Providing tech support for people in the community (helping them to make the most of online communication tools such as Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp). Writing blogs and marketing material for community groups. Supporting community groups and member of the community in using social media. Helping refugees by translating key documents/letters. Working with community organisations to help with logistics tasks, such as organising deliveries. Plus much more!Phone/OnlineSupporting Reading area (but volunteering can done anywhere)No set hoursCurrently on
Take action for insects volunteerHelp The Wildlife Trusts in taking action for insects and see how you can practically help the insects in your own home and garden! OnlineNational No sets hours Currently ongoing
Run, Herring, Run! VolunteerHelp count emigrating herring through online footage to help researchers further understand this threatened fish species. OnlineNational No sets hours Currently ongoing
Anti–Slavery Manuscripts transcriber Help to turn handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activist in the 19th century into text that can be more easily understood for researchers. OnlineNational No sets hours Currently ongoing
Samaritan listening volunteerAs a listening volunteer you’ll answer calls and messages from people who really need someone to talk to. You’ll be based in one of 201 branches in the UK. Face-to-faceNationalHours dependent on volunteer availability Currently ongoing

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