Volunteering with a local charity is a great way to get to know Birmingham as well as meeting new people.
Aston University's Student Volunteering & Outreach Office (SW207) supports students who volunteer within third sector organisations.
We are currently working on a database of volunteering opportunities that will be uploaded to the Aston Futures webpage in the new academic year 2015-16. Please check back soon for updates.
Charities that we work with are:
- Birmingham Adult Education Service - To assist Adult Education tutors in the classroom.
- Victim Support - helps victims and witnesses of crime right across England and Wales.
- Journey Community Trust - 'Veged Out' a community cafe which serves cheap veggie and vegan food.
- Birmingham St Mary's Hospice - provides respite care support for individuals and families.
- Engineering Development Trust - Go4SET links teams of pupils from England and Scotland with companies and universities to offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experience.
- Children's Liver Disease Foundation - the UK' leading charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases.
- Action for Children - here to enable disabled children and young people to access universal sports, leisure and arts activities in Birmingham.
- Resources for Autism - provide practical services for children and adults with an autistic spectrum condition and for their families and carers.
- Safeside - a state-of-the-art, scenario-based, experiential learning safety complex which provided an innovative, enjoyable learning experience that inspires people to think and act safely.
- Girlguiding Birmingham - helps girls and young women to develop to their potential.
- St John Ambulance - LINKS offers free first aid training to students, which can then be developed through further training opportunities.
- WRVS - offers a range of practical services to help and support older people to live well, maintain their independence and play a part in their local community.
- STEMNET - the STEM Ambassadors Programme enables teachers to make links from the curriculum to how STEM is practices in the world of work.
- Birmingham Rathbone - have a number of volunteering opportunities available such as, office based , in their garden centre and their housing and supported living teams.
- Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - provides the widest range of children's health services for young patients from the West Midlands.
- Leukaemia Care - student ambassador programmes designed to encourage students to get involved in charity work, helping to raise awareness and funds.
- The Prince's Trust - run a series of programmes that encourage young people to take responsibility for themselves.
- The Strings Club - offer award-winning and fun-filled music courses for children aged 4.
- The Friendship Club - befriends and visits lonely and socially isolated people in the Smethwick and surrounding community.
- The Cinnamon Trust - provide help with day to day care of pets.
- British Red Cross - provide First Aid to members of the public in attendance to the event.
- Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLo) - provides a range of social and leisure opportunities for people with physical and learning disabilities.
- The Children's Society in Birmingham and the Black Country - provides support to children and young people with emotional health needs.
- Envision - support young people to take social action.
- Little Hearts Matter - provides support and information to families who are told that their baby has a single ventricle heart condition.
- Over The Wall - a national children's charity providing life-changing experiences to children and young people who are affected by serious and life limiting illnesses.
- Sustrans - works with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people can choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and enjoy better, safer spaces to live in.
- Deafblind UK - sets up social and information groups for people with varying levels of sight and hearing loss.
- Caudwell Children - provides family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK.
- Phoenix Futures - 'B- Chilled' is a specialist project focusing on 'club drugs' and other recreational drugs used by many people. Providing information, advice and support on Birmingham's night life economy.
- Brushstrokes - promotes the integration and aspirations of newcomers to Sandwell from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Offers support to these and other vulnerable groups.
- Midland Mencap - works with learning disabled children and adults.
- Home from Hospital Care - supports patients discharged from hospital to the Birmingham area.
- Oxfam Midlands - works with others to overcome poverty and suffering.
- Edwards Trust - is a bereavement charity.
- Older Peoples new opportunities consortium (opnocs) - provide a volunteer home visiting service to older people who are experiencing social isolation.
- Warley Woods Community Trust - help maintain Warely Woods for the community.
- Wild Futures - promote the welfare and conservation of all primate species and to provide a life long home to rescued monkeys.
- JDRF - The world's leading type 1 diabetes chairty.
- Centre for Equality & Diversity - a leading agency that challeneges inequalities, influences policy and builds partnerships to bring about a fairer society.
- Thomas Pocklington Trust - a leading provider of housing and support services for people with sight loss.
The Student Volunteering and Outreach Office has specific contact details for each of these charities.
Please let us know if you decide to volunteer with any of these charities, so that you can work towards University Certification.