Ongoing Opportunities

There are several volunteering opportunities that staff are involved with at the moment but that will always require more volunteers. You can register your interest for any of the following at any time.  Please contact Sarah Hosten, Staff Volunteering Coordinator.

Volunteering opportunities in the Scheme are loosely categorised under the following headings - education, disability, homelessness and environment.


The Staff Volunteering Scheme has launched a pilot programme in partnership with Aston University Engineering Academy to assist students who are experiencing difficulties with their reading.

Many students arrive at Aston University Engineering Academy with low levels of key skills particularly reading, language and communication skills.  Raising literacy standards will promote engagement with learning for all students across the curriculum but in particular for those students with lower reading. One strategy proven to be effective in supporting students to improve their literacy skills is through a paired reading approach. 

Aston University Engineering Academy provides 14-19 year olds with an opportunity to undertake a full-time, technically-oriented course of study.  The Academy is one of the first University Technical Colleges in the country and is sponsored by Aston University.  The Academy is non-selective and open to all students across Birmingham and the West Midlands. 

Students, with reading ages below age 11, will be enrolled on the Scheme, as part of a pilot in partnership with the University.  This will require a commitment from each staff volunteer of eight, one hour sessions over an eight week period to ensure maximum gains for each student.  Each enrolled student will receive eight half hour sessions, enabling staff to assist two students per hour volunteered.  Sessions will commence in the new year.  If you are interested in the joining the pilot, please contact Sarah Hosten, s.j.hosten@aston.ac.uk.  A Criminal Records Bureau check will be required for all volunteers.


Social inclusion:

SIFA Fireside is a city centre based charity that works alongside those who are socially excluded or disadvantaged, addressing alcohol issues and homelessness and empowering and supporting people to meet their short and long term goals.

Throughout the year on Fridays, any staff from Aston University can volunteer at SIFA serving lunches to their clients.  This is arranged on an ad hoc basis, requires no regular commitment and you will attend the centre in groups of three staff from Aston.  You will receive guidance before preparing and serving lunch to clients who drop-in to the centre working alongside experienced staff.

The activity lasts approximately four hours, and transport to and from the University will be provided.

SIFA Fireside