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.

Educational support:

Would you like to help young people in the Birmingham area to develop and realise their potential?  The Staff Volunteering Scheme has once again joined forces with Mosaic to offer staff an opportunity to mentor at local secondary schools. Mosaic’s mentoring programmes create opportunities for young people growing up in our most deprived communities, providing inspirational role models in an effort to boost confidence, self-efficacy and long-term  employability.  

Read:'Aston's partnership with Mosaic and others on mentoring programme'


There are two options available. The first, which can be undertaken using the standard 15 hours volunteering leave, focuses on developing young people with specific issues, and who are experiencing difficulties at school. Further information can be found here.

The second, the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is a national competition for secondary school students across the UK, designed to develop and encourage their entrepreneurial skills. Teams of students work with a mentor from the business community to learn about becoming future business leaders, play a simulation game, and come up with fantastic business ideas. This activity can be undertaken using your standard volunteering leave of 15 hours. However, if your team is successful in reaching the regional finals, then an additional 3 hours of your own time will need to be used, which will be matched by the scheme. If your team wins the regional final, then an additional 6 hours of your own time, again matched by the scheme, will be required. Further information can be found here.

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.

Volunteers at local drop-in centre
The activity lasts approximately four hours, and transport to and from the University will be provided.

Environmental protection: 

Aston University has a partnership with several charities and public service organisations who source and/or provide environmental challenge days for Aston staff in the local community. We source locations mostly in socially deprived areas that are in need of improvement and revitalisation to realise their potential as areas of beauty, wildlife and natural rest and recreation for local users.

To find out more about past environmental challenge days, click here.

Staff take part in another environmental challenge