Student Volunteering Week 2020

Student Volunteering Week 2020 runs from 10 - 14 February.

Student Volunteering Week is a national event, with Higher and Further Education Institutions across the country using the week to celebrate existing student volunteers, and to encourage more students to start volunteering.

This year Bristol SU, Bristol Hub and the Engagement Opportunities team are working together to bring you an exciting week full of events as well as stories from our existing volunteers which highlight all the fantastic community engagement already taking place by students across the University.

The theme of the week this year at Bristol is wellbeing, and each day will have stories and events linked to the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, a concept developed and promoted by Mind. 

Monday: Give

Give focuses not just on the giving of financial aid but also on giving time to participate in social and community life. Small acts of kindness and the action of helping others has a positive correlation to increased happiness, so take some time to think about the ways that you might be able to give to others.


  • Wellbeing Network: Time to Talk Comedy Night
    Shake off those February-Monday blues and come along to this comedy night run by the Wellbeing Network, in collaboration with Oppo Comedy and The Kilamanjaro Climb. The night will be raising awareness for Time To Talk Day and raising money for Mind charity. Buy your tickets on the SU website

Tuesday: Keep learning

Continued learning throughout your life and the practice of setting goals can enhance self-esteem and has been associated with higher levels of wellbeing. University is a great place to explore varied and interesting ways to learn, not just through your course but by extending your learning outside of the classroom. Consider the ways you can broaden your learning today.


  • Bristol PLUS Award introductory talk
    Attend a special Bristol PLUS Award introductory talk for Student Volunteering Week, with special guests from Bristol Hub and the Red Cross. Book online here

  • Bristol Futures Open Online Course
    From 10 February 2020 you can enrol on a Bristol Futures Open Online Course. Find out more and sign up online here

Wednesday: Be active

Physical activity is linked to lower levels of anxiety and depression. But physical activity does not have to be intense to be positive. Slower and calmer activities can be a good way to get some exercise as well as building social networks or doing good in the community. Where could you get involved?


  • Parks Volunteering - Clifton Downs
    Work alongside the volunteer group who help look after this beautiful site in the North of our city. You’re sure to learn a great deal about the land and its history! Find out more and sign up online here

  • Parks Volunteering - Ashton Court
    No experience needed just enthusiasm to get stuck in. All tasks will be demonstrated by the local rangers. Expect to learn all about the Estate’s history whilst helping the Estate Rangers with some serious ivy and bramble bashing. Find out more and sign up online here.

  • Parks Volunteering - Eastville Park
    Eastville Park has an active group of volunteers who work alongside Bristol’s ParkWork project. Join them to spend an afternoon tidying and weeding the park, pruning vegetation and keeping it clear from litter to help improve the park for people and nature. Find out more and sign up online here.

Thursday: Connect

Connecting to and feeling valued by other people is a crucial for positive wellbeing. Humans are innately social animals and finding the way that you want to connect with others is key to personal resilience and good mental health. Sharing volunteering experiences are a great way to connect with a wider community of people whilst making a difference. 


Friday: Take notice

Take notice encourages you to pause and take a moment to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. It is easy to lose track of yourself and your values in our busy lives. Taking the time to be aware of what is happening in the present, and taking notice of yourself, can broaden awareness and enhance self-understanding. We know that lots of Bristol students are involved with exciting and hugely beneficial projects, so take time today to think about everything that you have learned from these and reflect on your experiences and skills.


  • Bristol PLUS Award registration deadline
    Friday 14 February is the registration deadline for the Bristol PLUS Award.

  • Bristol Hub Spring Clean
    For Valentine's day we'll be offering our love to Easton community centre, and Bristol Hub need your help. Find out more and sign up online here.

Watch this video to see a short history of student volunteering


myopportunities has a variety of extracurricular activities for you to get involved with. From volunteering to internships, mentoring to hackathons. Start exploring today!

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Bristol Hub

Bristol Hub is a local branch of the national charity, Student Hubs. Bristol Hub supports University of Bristol students to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other. 

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Be recognised with the Bristol PLUS Award

Complete the Bristol PLUS award to have your volunteering and other extracurricular activities recognised. Endorsed and valued by employers, Bristol PLUS can help you articulate your achievements and skills and stand out from the crowd.

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