Longer term

This category includes options which require more time commitment and will require you to complete a PVG form, provide references and undergo training. Typically you will be expected to give 3 – 6 months regular commitment from the time you become a volunteer.

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.

If you are studying in Glasgow for less than 6 months, these options might not be so useful for you, due to the time involved in obtaining a PVG membership.

If you are unsure if these options are suitable, please speak with the SVSS Coordinator.

Older people

We work with a range of organisations who try to tackle the isolation that older people experience in our society. Volunteering opportunities include supporting isolated people by sharing food you have prepared via Meal Makers, helping to deliver shopping to people who can’t easily get out themselves through Food Train, working with people who are affected by dementia and their carers with services provided by Alzheimer Scotland, and working with LGBTQI+ people through the services provided by LGBT Health.
Working with people affected by health issues.

Students can help out by providing one to one support to those affected by cancer and other life threating illness such as with MacMillan Cancer Care, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, or the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, Action on Hearing Loss and RNIB. These organisations look for students who are able to give an ongoing commitment, although the Hospice has a range of roles available, including work in charity shops.

Working in the field of recovery, addiction and health prevention

If you have an interest in public health or health promotion work then working with one of these agencies may be of interest to you. Phoenix Futures is looking for volunteers to help out in a range of roles with those who are in recovery from addiction issues, while Drink Wise, Age Well seeks to help those aged over 50 to develop positive coping skills to counter the rise in alcohol abuse amongst older people. Lingo Flamingo is looking for students who are fluent speakers in English and another language to teach languages to help boost mental functioning.

Working with people who have disabilities

Volunteers can help people with learning and other disabilities to take part in activities which build their sense of independence and self-confidence.
Cornerstone is looking for volunteers to help support a range of social activity groups based in North Lanarkshire area. Sense Scotland works with people who are affected by deaf blindness and, Whizz Kidz helps to promote the independence of young people who use wheelchairs.