Flexible & short term

If you are unsure of your ongoing availability and want to undertake an opportunity that is more flexible, then these options might suit you best.

Please register and apply for any of these opportunities via https://volunteer.src.gla.ac.uk/. Availability might vary, so contact volunteer@src.gla.ac.uk if you find the option that you are interested in is not listed on the database or if you have any questions. New opportunities may become available – follow up us on Twitter @VolunteerGU or like us at VolunteerGlasgowUniversity on Facebook to keep up to date.

They have the added advantage of not requiring you to have a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) membership, though Charity shops will require you to give them a couple of referees who can comment on your general character.

Charity Shops

We have partnerships with four organisations that have charity shops in the local area, including Shelter, Save the Children, British Heart Foundation and Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.
In a charity shop you will be expected to give a couple of hours every week/fortnight to help out with the general running of the shop. Duties might include handling and sorting donated goods, displaying items for sale, dealing with customers.

Cranhill Development Trust

This is a community organisation based in a deprived community to the north east of Glasgow city centre. They provide a range of supports and activities to local long term unemployed residents and to asylum seekers.
They offer very flexible volunteering opportunities, including being able to turn up for one shift, to volunteering for a short block of time, and there are many things you can do to help them, from helping with regular groups to reception duties.

Gibson Street Gala

This is a local festival which normally happens at the end of May each year. Volunteers are required to help publicise the event, to help plan activities and to be involved in on the day work including setting up and clearing stalls, stewarding, social media work, etc. Please note this occurs in MAY and applications are opened from March onwards.


This popular student run opportunity works alongside other agencies to maintain a twice weekly year round presence at a soup kitchen for the homeless located in the city centre. Volunteers are sent a “Doodle Poll” link every month and chose when they might be available. If there is availability they will be matched up for a shift on a Wednesday or Saturday evening, between approximately 8 – 10pm. Volunteers who carry out 3 shifts in the course of a year will be able to fill in a HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) log. Demand is high for this, and it may not be possible for everyone to get three shifts.