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  • Action Tutoring logo

    Action Tutoring

    Action Tutoring is an education charity that supports disadvantaged young people to achieve meaningful qualifications on leaving primary and secondary school.

    Action Tutoring is an education charity that supports disadvantaged young people to achieve meaningful qualifications on leaving primary and secondary school. We partner our brilliant volunteer tutors with school pupils to increase their subject knowledge, whilst building on confidence and study skills.

  • Age UK Leeds logo

    Age UK Leeds

    A Charitable organisation offering a range of services to Older People in Leeds

    Opportunities for volunteers to support include the following:

    Community Activities, crafts, events, trips, creative workshops, small group activities

    Befriending: Accompanying older people, face to face contact, walking and exercise programmes, telephone support

    Digital learning service

     

     

  • Bookmark Reading Charity logo

    Bookmark Reading Charity

    Bookmark is a literacy charity giving children the reading skills and confidence they need for a fair chance in life, through our flexible, volunteer-led programme

    Each year, eight children in an average class will leave primary school unable to read well. These?children will often struggle in school, and beyond. Many children have fallen even further behind with their reading after the devastating impact of Covid-19. 

    As a Bookmark volunteer, you could do something incredible and change a child’s story. 

    You’ll help a 5-9 year-old learn to read, developing their skills and confidence. You will read together, play games, and see your reader progress, either through our secure online platform or in person at a local school.  

    Our programme involves 30-minute sessions with the same child, twice a week, for six weeks. You book your programme through the Bookmark app and select sessions at times that work with your schedule. 

    “It was such a wonderful experience. I was very happy knowing that I was helping someone. The child really improved a lot during the 6 weeks. It was really rewarding for me to see the improvement.” — Joe, Bookmark volunteer 

  • Buy Nowt LS6 logo

    Buy Nowt LS6

    We are a pay-as-you-feel Library of ‘Things’ in Leeds Headingley LS6, UK created by a group of local volunteers in order to encourage people to borrow instead of buying the things they need.

    At Buy Nowt LS6 we believe we can all make an environmental difference by borrowing instead of buying. Buy nowt! Reduce waste creation, share resources, meet people in your local community and borrow stuff with a pay-as-you-feel donation. Win, win!

    We are now open Fridays 4pm – 6pm and Saturdays 1pm – 4pm.

    Headingley Methodist Church

    Centenary Room
    1-3 Chapel Street
    Leeds
    LS6 3HZ

     

  • Central Yorkshire Scouts logo

    Central Yorkshire Scouts

    Scouts is the UK's biggest youth organisation. Every week our volunteers offer young people fun and challenging activities to give them the skills they need for life.

    At The Scouts, we offer young people fun and challenging activities, unique experiences and the chance to help others in the community. Every week we give almost half a million 6-25 year olds the skils they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.

  • Cloth Cat Studios logo

    Cloth Cat Studios

    Cloth Cat Leeds is a charity based in inner-city Leeds that uses music training to help local people learn new skills.

    Cloth Cat Leeds is a charity based in inner-city Leeds that uses music training to help local people learn new skills.

    Vision: For all people in Leeds and beyond to find a sense of purpose and belonging, and gain more control over their own lives. Mission: Cloth Cat harnesses the power of music to create community, build potential and transform people’s mental health and well-being. Our projects include:

    1. Get Your Act Together. A National Lottery funded project providing free, formal, but structured, practical and fun courses in music based subjects with groups of young people learning together.
    2. Man About Town: reduces social isolation for men who are at risk of suicide to engage them back in to the wider community through a series of creative, practical and fun music based sessions.
    3. Repair & Recycle brings together and supports a community of unemployed adults who have mental health issues from disadvantaged communities in Leeds. Members learn to repair, recycle and sell musical equipment, instruments and vinyl. The project reduces carbon emissions by diverting items destined for landfill, and social isolation.
    4. Our open mic night has been running for over 25 years in Leeds and built a wonderful community of new and established performers in a friendly and supportive environment.
    5. We offer a range of opportunities for volunteering from helping with IT and social media to helping out at gigs or supporting learning.
    6. We offer adult education classes at different times according to demand, including learning the ukulele, guitar, sound engineering or electronic music production.

     

  • England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) logo

    England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

    The national governing body of Cricket in England and Wales.

     

     

    The national governing body of Cricket in England and Wales, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are creating more volunteer opportunities for South Asian females to help deliver their national cricket programmes for children from Spring 2022, but you can get involved and start your volunteering journey now!

     

    Through their mantra Dream Big Desi Women, they are looking to inspire more and more women like yourself and those within your communities.

    If you are interested in helping children to learn, play, have fun and create memories that will last a lifetime then read on and become a volunteer today. You don’t need any cricket or sports coaching experience, just an unshakeable can-do attitude and a desire to be part of something special.

  • Families Together Leeds / Family Action logo

    Families Together Leeds / Family Action

    Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.

    Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.

    We have been building stronger families since 1869, and today work with over 60,000 families through our 200 community-based services. Thousands more are supported with financial assistance through education and welfare grants programmes.

    Our innovative services reach out to those in need, we strengthen families and communities, build skills and resilience and improve the life chances of children and adults.

    Family Action has a strong and successful history of building stronger families, and as we look to the future our values and behaviours define us and underpin all the work we do. We can achieve our ambitions by always:

    Being people focused Reflecting a ‘can do’ approach

    Striving for excellence in everything we do

    Having mutual respect for everyone we work with, work for and support through our services

  • Flourishing Families Leeds logo

    Flourishing Families Leeds

    Our team works in areas of Leeds ranked amongst the most deprived 1-10% across the country. In our city, nearly 200,000 people live in these communities.

    Flourishing Families Leeds combats food poverty and poor nutrition through family cookery clubs, supports family literacy through our Story Tellers Clubs, and helps tackle the challenges faced by primary school-aged children living in deprivation through activity-based mentoring.

    Our team works in areas of Leeds ranked amongst the most deprived 1-10% across the country. In our city, nearly 200,000 people live in these communities, with over 40% of children living below the poverty line.

    Those are big numbers, but what does that look like in reality? It means children are going to school hungry, and their families don’t know where to turn or who to trust for help. Children and young people have to cope with the challenges of low confidence and poor self-esteem and can often find it hard to do well at school. It’s so easy for families to get caught in a cycle of intergenerational poverty, and that can make it feel like there’s no hope for change. But we believe that by working together with local families, we can change the story.

    We work alongside the community to equip families with the skills they need to move forward. Our projects focus on healthy eating, literacy, language and mentoring. We’re interested in getting to know real people, hearing their stories, and providing practical support where it’s needed.

  • Guide Dogs UK logo

    Guide Dogs UK

    Guide Dogs is a charity that supports individuals with sight loss to live the life they choose.

    Guide Dogs is a charity that supports individuals with sight loss to live the life they choose. 
     
    Guide Dogs helps blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other services for both adults and children. They also campaign for the rights of those with vision impairments and invest in research.
  • Healthwatch Leeds logo

    Healthwatch Leeds

    Your independent watchdog ensuring people’s voices are at the heart of shaping health and care services in Leeds.

    Your independent watchdog ensuring people’s voices are at the heart of shaping health and care services in Leeds.

    Healthwatch Leeds gives people a powerful voice on health and social care services in Leeds and beyond. Healthwatch Leeds helps the citizens of Leeds to get the best out of their local health and social care services - whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Healthwatch Leeds is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in the future.

    Healthwatch Leeds is the independent champion of people who use Health and Social Services, created to gather and represent the views of the public.

    Healthwatch Leeds plays a role at both national and local level and makes sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account.

  • Home-Start Leeds logo

    Home-Start Leeds

    Home-Start Leeds is a voluntary organisation offering both emotional and practical support to families with at least one child under seven in the Leeds area.

    We know that being a parent isn’t always easy and that life can bring stress and challenges that get in the way of family life.

    Our volunteers from all communities and backgrounds visit parents in their home once a week for around 2-4 hours and develop a supportive relationship to help them to build brighter futures for their children and themselves.

  • Humankind logo

    Humankind

    Humankind offers services covering drugs and alcohol, clinical services, housing-related support, housing, employment, training and education, health and well-being, children, young people and familie

    Who we are

    We are committed to reducing deprivation and exclusion and to improving people’s well-being.

    How we work

    Our vision is for people of all ages to be safe, building ambitions for the future and reaching towards their full potential.

    What we do

    We create services to meet people's complex health and social needs, helping them to build happier lives.

    Humankind offers services covering drugs and alcohol, clinical services, housing-related support, housing, employment, training and education, health and well-being, children, young people and families, women, criminal justice and community and offender rehabilitation. We also run the MoreTime social enterprise.

  • Hyde Park Source logo

    Hyde Park Source

    Hyde Park Source works with nature to improve health and wellbeing.

    Hyde Park Source works with nature to improve health and wellbeing. We work collaboratively with other organisations and local communities to improve outdoor spaces. Volunteers are intergral to what we do and we have a number of volunteering opportunitites available. We run 7 weekly gardening groups with our community garden volunteers. We have a design and build team who design, build and install outdoor spaces with the help of our building skills volunteers. Education support volunteers assist our facilitators during our outdoor education sessions and Healthy Holidays. 

  • LBSU logo

    LBSU

    We are here to make sure that your volunteering experience is enjoyable, safe, accessible, and beneficial to your future.

    Do you want to support a worthy cause in just a few minutes? Gain an insight into the running of huge cultural events in Leeds? Run and manage your own volunteer project? Or make a regular commitment to a charity you care about? You can do all this and more with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union.

    We link with over 200 local charities to offer you a wide range of opportunities that fit around you and your commitments. If you can volunteer on a long term basis or just have a few spare minutes, anyone can take part.

    Take a look at what we offer and, if you see anything you would like to get involved in, get in touch via email – lbsu-volunteering@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

    Please note that only students and staff at Leeds Beckett can apply for our opportunities.

  • Leeds Arts, Events and Venues logo

    Leeds Arts, Events and Venues

    Leeds Arts, Events & Venues runs the largest volunteer programme across the city’s cultural institutions, which include the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds Town Hall and Pudsey Civic Hall.

    Leeds Arts, Events & Venues runs the largest volunteer programme across the city’s cultural institutions, which include the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds Town Hall and Pudsey Civic Hall.

  • Leeds Hospitals Charity logo

    Leeds Hospitals Charity

    Leeds Hospitals Charity is the charity of Leeds Teaching Hospitals. We support NHS staff to deliver the best care to all patients, their friends, families, and carers.

    We provide support for eight areas which include Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds Cancer Centre, St James’s University Hospital, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Seacroft Hospital, Wharfedale Hospital and Leeds Dental Institute.

    We support NHS staff to deliver the best care for over a million patients and their families each year. Working with local communities, schools and businesses across the city and beyond, each year we provide £5 million in additional funding for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

  • Leeds Hyde Park Sports Club logo

    Leeds Hyde Park Sports Club

    We a charity sports club based in Hyde Park Leeds, established in 2017, as a hub for our community. We started with the goal of providing a safe space for local kids to play sports and socialise.

    We a charity sports club based in Hyde Park Leeds, established in 2017, as a hub for our community. We started with the goal of providing a safe space for local kids to play sports and socialise.We have have grown from 7 junior members, to now 300 of all ages.

    We are passionate about ensuring that those growing up in our community are happy, healthy and have opportunities for productive and safe leisure-time. We care deeply about the personal, not just the sporting, development, of the local children and adults that we work with, so feel privileged to be able to provide a service that benefits their physical, and mental health.

    LHPFC is primarily volunteer-ran. The majority of our coaches and organisational staff are un-paid and keep the club alive through their hard work and commitment. We are always on the lookout for more student volunteers to help grow our club and keep the dream alive. We currently have several Leeds students working in a variety of roles from coaching to admin, in addition to social media and club management. Everyone is welcome and all skills are desirable. We understand that students lead busy lifestyles and so want our volunteers to work in their own time, and if they cannot commit to helping out one week that is not a problem!

    We are endlessly flexible and a great way for anyone to gain some volunteering experience and improve their CV. We can work with you to develop any skills which will make you more employable: from leadership to events planning, we can help you learn or improve any practical skills.

  • Leeds Independent Visitor Scheme logo

    Leeds Independent Visitor Scheme

    Providing befriending support to children looked after and care experienced young adults. We are a volunteering service which is managed and provided by Leeds City Council.

    Do you have interests which you would like to share with young people? Do you like to have fun? Could you be a positive role model for a vulnerable child?

    Independent Visitors befriend children living in care and young adults who have recently left care, meeting them once a month to participate in a fun activity together. Independent Visitors provide a positive, stable, consistent adult for children who often have little or no contact with people who are not professionals.

    No formal qualifications are required for the role as all required training will be provided. Applicants just need to have a genuine interest in spending time with children and young people. Volunteering usually takes place at weekends and all Independent Visitors are required to give a minimum of 2 years commitment to the role. Applicants must be over the age of 18. All young people accessing the scheme are particularly vulnerable, therefore full safer recruitment practices are followed including the need for 2 references and a full, enhanced DBS check.

    This role is an in-person volunteering activity which cannot be undertaken remotely. 

  • Leeds Mencap logo

    Leeds Mencap

    Leeds Mencap is a completely independent charity, started by and for those with learning disabilities.

    We've come a long way since we opened our doors more than 65 years ago. Now, we support more than 450 families and individuals on their journey with learning disabilities.

    Not only do we offer important services to people with learning disabilities, we recognise the needs of the whole family too. We're on hand to provide advice, support and long-term help to all those we work with, because we're all on this journey together.

  • Leeds Museums and Galleries logo

    Leeds Museums and Galleries

    Leeds Museums and Galleries are the largest local authority run museum service in the country.

     

    Leeds Museums and Galleries are the largest local authority run museum service in the country. We care for a large multi-disciplinary collection, many designated as nationally important, and run nine museums and galleries across the city of Leeds.

    Our sites include;

    • Kirkstall Abey
    • Leeds Industrial Museum
    • Leeds Discovery Centre
    • Abbey House Museum
    • Leeds Art Gallery
    • Leeds City Museum
    • Lotherton Hall
    • Temple Newsam Hall
    • Thwaites Watermill

     

     

  • Leeds Refugee Forum logo

    Leeds Refugee Forum

    Leeds Refugee Forum (LRF) are a refugee-led organisation that aims to support refugees, asylum seekers and Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs) to settle and establish themselves in Leeds.

    What We Do

    LRF offers practical support for refugees and asylum seekers through education, advice, information dissemination and social activities, as well as creating a space where refugees and the communities they belong to, can meet and find mutual support.

    As an organisation we aim to provide Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs) support in governance, training, navigating registration processes and running community activities. By providing this kind of support to both individuals and community organisations, LRF aims to provide a means for refugee communities to produce a collective, strong and confident voice to be heard by a wide range of agencies and organisations in the city and the region.

    LRF also works collaboratively with other organisations providing services for refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds, to not only ensure the needs of this community are met, but also advocate on their behalf to government agencies. Through our work we aim to empower individuals and Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs), reduce isolation and disadvantage that many may experience, and provide a greater opportunity for refugees and asylum seekers to thrive in their new home.

  • Leeds Rhinos Foundation logo

    Leeds Rhinos Foundation

    Leeds Rhinos Foundation is the official charity of Leeds Rhinos. We deliver projects in the heart of the community by harnessing the power of sport to make a lasting, positive impact on individuals’

    We deliver a range of projects under our five principles of Education, Health, Sport, Art and Heritage. Sport is an engaging tool that allows our staff to work with a whole range of individuals, delivering important lifestyle messages to inspire others to make positive changes to their own lives.

    We work alongside primary and secondary schools, community clubs and run holiday rugby camps, rugby festivals, community days and health and education projects year round to engage with both children and adults from all over the community.

    Our Mission Statement

    Changing lives by engaging, inspiring and transforming through the power of sport.

    Key Sectors

    Sport, Heat, Education, Heritage and Arts

    Our Aims

    Enabling all to develop healthier and more meaningful lives and working collaboratively to support the creation and maintenance of thriving communities.

    Increase skills, confidence and self esteem of the most vulnerable to enable them to realise their potential and be the best they can be.

    Provide more opportunities for inclusive physical activity, sport, well being and play, encouraging participation and inspiring progression.

    Deliver excellence in all our work utilising a talented, passionate workforce with highly effective leadership and governance.

    Our Values

    TRUST – We aspire to be trusted by everyone we work with to deliver excellence.

    ENJOYMENT – We look to create a positive environment to inspire everyone we work with.

    PROGRESSIVE – We are forward thinking and innovative

    INCLUSIVE – We treat everyone fairly, with dignity and respect and do not discriminate.

  • Leeds Space Network (SPACE) logo

    Leeds Space Network (SPACE)

    Leeds Space Network is a Christian youth organisation working in Leeds with 11-18 year olds from the inner-city areas.

    Leeds Space Network is a Christian youth organisation working in Leeds with 11-18 year olds from the inner-city areas. It runs weekly groups which provide consistent support and opportunities for young people in every aspect of their lives, including faith.

    Space groups empower young people to make the best choices towards a better future and are focussed on the all-round development of these young people, proactively nurturing their social, personal, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

    Space groups are led by volunteers who represent a variety churches and christian communities from across Leeds. Over 80 young people attend the Space groups each week. Some of these young people are also involved in smaller groups which allow them to explore other issues in greater depth.

    Alongside the weekly groups, leaders regularly carry out home visits to strengthen relationships with young people and their families. In addition to weekly meetings, regular trips and residential opportunities are organised.

  • Left Bank Leeds logo

    Left Bank Leeds

    We are Left Bank. A place for connection, art, gigs, workshops and festivals — for everyone to enjoy.

    Situated in the heart of Burley, LS6, we're the home of an evolving programme of projects, initiatives and creative events.

    Our café-bar is open every day and has become a meeting spot for locals, freelancers and families as well as an expanding network of artists, innovators and makers.

    Whether you want to meet friends, learn new skills, work remotely in an inspiring environment, attend one of our events or just grab a coffee on the way to work — we’re here for you.

  • LS14 Trust logo

    LS14 Trust

    Our vision is to see LS14 become a welcoming, vibrant, happy place where people feel in control and are proud of their achievements - a place where every resident is safe and respected.

    We want this to be a well connected community which recognises its power to bring about and sustain positive social change.

    Our mission is to build upon the strengths of our community by working to develop activities and opportunities, promoting the area as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work, and bring up a family. 

    WE BELIEVE IN....


    AUTHENTICITY 
    Being loyal and true to our community. We will always start by listening to and working with the people who are around us.

    EMPOWERMENT
    We want to work together to bring out the gifts, skills and potential we all have as individuals and as a community. 

    COLLABORATION
    It’s always better to work together.

    HOSPITALITY
    There's nothing better than a good old cuppa tea and a natter. When people feel welcome and part of a community things begin to change for the better. 

    FUN
    Life’s not just about hard work – you’ve got to let your hair down! We want our community to be a place of joy and fun.

    SYSTEMIC CHANGE 
    We want to work towards real lasting change in our community that will make it a better place to live for our children and grandchildren.

     

  • NSPCC logo

    NSPCC

    The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands.

     

    The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Using voluntary donations, which make up around 90 per cent of our funding, we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.

    • When a child needs a helping hand, we’ll be there.
    • When parents are finding it tough, we’ll help.
    • When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve.

     

    Our Childline service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact Childline 365 days a year.

    Our free NSPCC helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection. 

    Adults can contact the helpline 365 days a year.

  • Open Source Arts logo

    Open Source Arts

    We work with people and organisations, using practical action projects and creative processes to bring people together, get things un-stuck and move towards the sustainable futures we all want.

    Open Source Arts works for the benefit of the environment, society and the arts.  We believe these elements are intrinsically linked, and each one benefits from the strength of the other. This is exemplified in our portfolio of partners and activities.  

    Open Source Arts engages communities to actively create better places for themselves to live in, whilst showcasing and encouraging creativity, environmental and social sustainability. We are passionate about relating well, both to each other within our team and outwardly within our community and our city. We aim to strengthen networks in our communities, believing that when communities are well connected and more equitable, people have more space to think about improving things for themselves, for others and for the environment- rather than simply thinking about their own survival.

     

    Open Source Arts is based in a homely urban warehouse space opposite ITV Studios on Kirkstall Road.  From our base we host regular, open to everyone sessions in a range of disciplines, including circus, dance, yoga, music, as well as practical making skills.  We couple this with a programme of many other performance, wellbeing and practical life skills workshops and courses which help people develop their personal skills portfolio.  We believe that resilience comes not only from diversity of connection but also from diversity of skills in our community and our skill-up & make-it-yourself ethos is at our core!

  • Oxfam GB logo

    Oxfam GB

    Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. 15 more years and

    We have a range of standard roles and some more specialist roles. We like to give volunteers an opportunity to try a range of areas before they find something that suits them. You might become a Shop VolunteerBookshop Volunteer or Music Shop Volunteer. Or you might find yourself in a more specific role such as a Social Media Volunteer, an Admin Support Volunteer, or even a Lead Volunteer.

    Whatever your skills or interests, there’s something for everyone…

  • People In Action logo

    People In Action

    People in Action (Yorkshire) is a thriving Leeds based charity, established in 1983 to benefit people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

    People in Action (Yorkshire) is a thriving Leeds based charity, established in 1983 to benefit people with learning disabilities and autistic people. The charity makes a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable and socially isolated; inspiring and empowering people to recognise their potential, fulfil their aspirations and lead safer healthier, better connected lives.

    People In Action provides a range of innovative, inclusive, person centred services which reflect the needs of the people it supports. The activities are wide ranging and include the provision of opportunities for leisure, learning, employment, health, wellbeing and the development of life skills.

     

    The range of activities runs from practical courses in cooking skills to social groups that meet in the community to enjoy leisure time together. Through individual care packages the charity also provides practical one to one support tailored to the needs to the individual.

  • Rainbow Junktion logo

    Rainbow Junktion

    Rainbow Junktion is a food waste community cafe and foodbank operating 3 days a week (Monday, Thursday and Friday) on a pay-as-you-feel and everyone is welcome basis.

    Between 30% and 50% of all food produced ends up being wasted. Some of this food has involved huge amounts of time, energy, care, fertilisers, pesticides, and money to produce. Then it’s been processed and transported half way round the world for it to be rejected and sent to landfill. This is seen by some of us as criminal when so many people are starving and when we are also concerned about Climate Change.

    By intercepting waste food and using it to help feed people we aim to reduce food waste and to educate ourselves and others about how unsustainable this is.

    Many of our communities have been devastated over the years. We are encouraged to think of “them” and “us” and to fear “them”. By bringing people from all walks of life together around a table of food, side by side in the kitchen and working together to reduce food waste and food poverty “we” hope to build better community where “we” can trust and support each other.

  • Shop Zero! logo

    Shop Zero!

    Whether your interests lie in growing, cooking or eating we have environmental projects on campus for all.

    Whether your interests lie in growing, cooking or eating we have environmental projects on campus for all.

    Shop Zero provide opportunities on Campus for you to get involved in. Whether you have a passion for fashion and providing opportunities for student to shop slow on Campus to tackle fast fashion, or whether you want to provide affordable and accessible food options for students using our on-campus Community Cafe there is an opportunity to suit you. 

    So if you are looking for an opportunity you get involved in from the comfort of your own Campus, get in touch to find out more or visit any of our shops!

  • SNAPS logo

    SNAPS

    SNAPS vision is to be an inspirational place connecting families and children with a wide range of challenges and opportunities.

    SNAPS vision is to be an inspirational place connecting families and children with a wide range of challenges and opportunities. We aim to promote health and well-being for all by providing opportunities for people to meet, learn, play, and build relationships. We are an inclusive organisation, involving the whole family, including siblings with no special needs.

    In 2004 We identified an unmet demand for hydrotherapy, swimming, and physical activity experiences, all of which can have such a positive impact on both the children with additional needs and their families.. Based in West Yorkshire, we work with families to improve physical and mental wellbeing by providing sport & leisure services, including hydrotherapy and rebound therapy sessions, (making use of a trampoline) and swimming lessons to dramatically improve their lives and future opportunities. We also provide fun activities such as music therapy, dance classes, sing and sign classes, sensory activities, football sessions and free play in a safe environment. We aim to deliver these much-needed services for the whole family whilst also providing parents and carers the opportunity to share information, ideas, and experiences.

    During the pandemic, many of the families we work with have suffered disproportionately having already felt isolated and under supported. Sadly, many are now in crisis and need more support urgently. We identified a need for more formal support and therefore launched a new Family Support Project in April 2021 to ensure our families had the help they desperately needed

  • SolidariTee logo

    SolidariTee

    SolidariTee is an international organisation fighting for sustainable change in the refugee “crisis” by providing grants to NGOs who work on legal aid for refugees and asylum seekers.

    SolidariTee is an international organisation fighting for sustainable change in the refugee “crisis” by providing grants to NGOs who work on legal aid for refugees and asylum seekers. Via our national social media, we also work to dispel harmful misinformation about refugees and the asylum process, and to raise awareness about global refugee issues. But our core work takes place on regional campuses: last year we had SolidariTee regional teams at over 60 universities worldwide. These teams are led by Head Representatives and an executive committee of Events Co-Ordinators and Publicity Officers, as well as a team of regional representatives. The teams work to host awareness- and fundraising events on campus throughout the year, as well as to sell our unique SolidariTees. These t-shirts are a visible show of solidarity: they’re sustainably and ethically produced, and feature artwork by refugees and asylum seekers.
  • St Gemma's Hospice logo

    St Gemma's Hospice

    St Gemma’s Hospice is a local, independent charity and has been providing expert care to the people of Leeds for over 40 years.

    St Gemma’s Hospice is a Leeds-based charity providing expert care and support for local people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses. We offer care to patients and their carers in the Hospice’s In-Patient Unit, through the St Gemma’s community team and via our day services, which includes a Day Hospice and Out-Patient Department.

    St Gemma’s welcomes and provides care to everyone regardless of people’s age, gender, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or diagnosis. Our care is always completely free of charge.

    St Gemma’s is the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in the UK.

    We have a large chain of charity shops across Leeds and surrounding areas and an online eBay shop. Our charity shops are the biggest single source of income for the Hospice and collectively raised £3million in the last year.

    Our local St Gemma’s charity shop is run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. We sell a fantastic range of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, books, furniture, toys, homeware, electrical items and more.

  • St John Ambulance logo

    St John Ambulance

    St John Ambulance is a volunteer-led, charitable non-governmental organisation dedicated to the teaching and practice of first aid and the support of the national emergency response system in England.

    We are the charity that steps forward in the moments that matter, to save lives and keep communities safe. All our charitable work is entirely funded by donations, and we are a market leader in the provision of workplace training, first aid supplies and event and ambulance services.

    We believe in the power of communities to improve the health of the nation. Communities that preserve and protect life through volunteering for health and first aid.

    We have a deep heritage of caring, compassion and health. Promoting the relief of sickness, distress and suffering. Helping others at some of the most vulnerable moments in their lives.

    We are proud of the work we do and how we do it, and we promise:

    • To serve humanity without judgement
    • To take time to care
    • To be skilled to meet health needs
    • To develop new and better ways to preserve and protect life

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    Student Volunteering Week

    Student Volunteering Week 2022 is the 21st year that the national celebration of volunteering has taken place.  This year the week will be taking place from 7th - 13th February 2022.

    Student Volunteering Week celebrates student volunteering in the following ways:

    1. Improves student wellbeing
    2. Develops students' employability
    3. Contributes positively to the wider and local community life

    This is a unique week-long opportunity where the whole of the country will be getting involved. SVW gives you a great platform whether you’re a student, university, college, students’ union, charity or social enterprise, to showcase your innovative projects and events. We hope you use this time to promote student volunteering and share your ideas, best practice and challenges with the rest of the sector.

    To find out more about what students all over the country are up to, make sure to follow the Student Volunteering Week social media channels on Twitter and Instagram, and tag us to share your stories.  Our national team, led by the Student Volunteering Network, will be available to offer help to you in running your SVW activities, before, during and after the week.

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    Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

    Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice is in Headingley, Leeds. We provide expert palliative care both in the hospice and in patient's homes.

     

    Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice is in Headingley, Leeds. We provide expert palliative care both in the hospice and in patient's homes.

    We support those living with a life-limiting condition, and also help their loved ones and families Our doctors, Sue Ryder Nurses, and carers offer compassionate, expert care needed to help our patients live the best life they possibly can.

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    The Art Hostel

    We are a small hostel based in Leeds, in the UK with a total of 60 beds across 12 rooms, with both private en suite and dorm rooms.

     

    We are a small hostel based in Leeds, in the UK with a total of 60 beds across 12 rooms, with both private en suite and dorm rooms. 

    We value and rely on local volunteers who want to engage further with the community and help keep the Art Hostel running smoothly.

    We are a social enterprise for the arts' charity East Street Arts and as such, all the money we make goes directly into supporting artists locally, nationally & internationally.

    Please feel free to take a look at our websites- www.arthostel.org.uk and www.eaststreetarts.org.uk

  • The Children's Society logo

    The Children's Society

    We fight for the hope and happiness of young people when it's threatened by abuse, exploitation and neglect.

    We see the hope and courage in young people every day and we support them for as long as it takes for them to break free from their trauma.

    By 2030 we will have overturned the damaging decline in children’s well-being, setting a path for long lasting growth. 

    The Children's Society is an organisation and therefore informs everything that we do. It is made up of our vision, mission and values. By this we mean what we want to achieve, how we will go about achieving it and the way in which we will approach everything that we do. It reflects the history of our charity and will determine our future.

    Our look focuses on why hope matters and the importance of restoring, protecting and strengthening young people’s hope and happiness. We want you to see the essence of youthful hope we know exists in every young person in the country, even in those who have it toughest of all, through the stories, pictures and voices of young people.

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    The Vine Child Contact Centre

    The Vine Child Contact Centre is accredited to NACCC (National Association of Child Contact Centres) which promotes safe child contact within a national framework of Child Contact Centres.

    The Vine is a child contact centre that offers a safe, friendly, and neutral place where children of separated parents can meet their non-resident parent of family member. This can include grandparents or siblings for contact visits. The centre aims to help children whose parents have separated where there is no reasonable alternative. It offers a child centered environment that reflect the diverse needs of children affected by separation.

    The Vine Child Contact Centre is accredited to NACCC (National Association of Child Contact Centres) which promotes safe child contact within a national framework of Child Contact Centres and NACCC holds the following values: Ensuring safety; child-centered within the family; promoting equality, celebrating diversity; is independent and impartial; respects individuals and preserves confidentiality; values and supports the voluntary service and shares skills and expertise to achieve better outcomes for children and their families.

    NACCC's member Child Contact Centres have an endorsed accreditation process which shows that all NACCC child contact centres work to agreed and approved national standards, which ensure that families using the Child Contact Centres are safe and well cared for.

    The Vine is a charity that exists to serve the people of Leeds and the surrounding area. Our vision is a vibrant, thriving city where the people we work with fulfil their pe-rsonal, social, economic, and spiritual potential. As a charity we are committed to joining in with the vision for Leeds and building bridges into our communities.

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    Volunteer From Home

    Volunteering From Home (VFH) is a great way that you can get involved and make a difference from the comfort of your own sofa! If you are interested in virtual volunteering then VFH is for you!

    Volunteering From Home is designed to provide you with easily accessible and virtual opportunities to make a difference. From crafting for charities, supporting national research, or even digital campaigning there are opportunities to suit everyone. 

    VFH might be perfect for you if; 

    • You are a distance learning but you still want to join the LBSU Volunteering Community.
    • You are strapped for time but you still want to volunteer.
    • You want quick and easily opportunities to get involved in with no regular commitment. 

    Look out for the VFH logo for all virtual opportunities!

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    YHA (England and Wales)

    The Youth Hostels Association (England & Wales) is a charitable organisation, registered with the Charity Commission, providing youth hostel accommodation in England and Wales.

    We are YHA

    We believe in the power of travel and adventure. To connect people to each other, to nature and the outdoors, to culture and to heritage.

    Hostelling makes travel and adventure accessible to everyone, everywhere. YHA operates over 150 sites throughout England and Wales — a community of shared spaces, open to all and for the benefit of everybody.

    We provide inclusive adventures, in extraordinary buildings, in amazing places. We’re proud to rank first globally for guest satisfaction. Yet we are much more than accommodation.

    We are a leading social enterprise and a 90-year-old movement. A charity on a mission to enrich the lives of all, but especially young people, and improve physical health, mental wellbeing and life skills through the experiences we create.

    We bring the adventure, for the first time, for a lifetime. By staying with us, becoming a member, donating to or volunteering with YHA, not only will you feel the benefit, but you will help us continue to reach those who’d miss out without us.

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    Yorkshire Mesmac

    Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country.

    Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. We offer services to various communities across Yorkshire, including men who have sex with men, people of colour and other marginalised races, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGBT+ young people and adults.

    We offer access to a range of STI/HIV testing interventions, mental health and wellbeing services, including counselling,  1-2-1 support, volunteering opportunities, group sessions and training.

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    Yorkshire's Brain Tumour Charity

    Yorkshires Brain Tumour Charity is Yorkshire's leading brain tumour charity dedicated to raising funds for life changing research and patient support.

    Our vision

    Our vision is clear and simple, to cure a devastating disease that affects so many people. Whilst we are working to find a cure, we will provide the best patient and family support network we can.


    Why we are here

    Around 9,000 new cases of primary brain tumours are diagnosed in the UK every year, 15 each week in Yorkshire. Whilst we are working to find a cure, we will provide the best patient and family support network we can.


    We want to make this number smaller, and make life easier for those who are affected, by:

    • Raising significant funds to support dedicated research projects into treating and curing child and adult brain tumours and sharing our findings with other charities.

    • Giving grants and financial assistance to brain tumour patients and their carers.

    • Arranging for hospital wards, patients and research centres to be provided with all the equipment they need.

    • Supporting patients and their loved ones through providing practical advice (our benefits clinic), running support groups, offering counselling and a range of other holistic therapies.

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    Young Lives vs Cancer

    Young Lives vs Cancer helps families find the strength to face everything cancer throws at them. We’ve been there before. We’ll face it all, together.

    When a child is diagnosed with cancer it threatens everything, for them and their family.

    At a time when they should be busy being children, enjoying their rollercoaster teenage years or finding their feet at uni, life becomes full of fear. Fear of treatment, but also of families being torn apart, of overwhelming money worries, mental health stretched to breaking point, of having nowhere to turn, no one to talk to.

    At Young Lives vs Cancer, we get that. We are the charity that helps children and young people (0-25) and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them.

    We know everyone's different, so we work hard to make sure each family has what they need to get through cancer. Children and young people with cancer deserve the same opportunities as anyone else. We’ll always have their back, because we’ve been there before.

    Powered by the kindness of our supporters, we’ll face it all together.

  • Zest Health for Life logo

    Zest Health for Life

    Meet Me At The Old Fire Station is a partnership between three charities at The Old Fire Station in Gipton.

    Making Leeds a better place for everyone.

    Zest offers support and opportunity to people living in disadvantaged areas of Leeds, addressing health inequalities and social isolation through activities which improve physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing. 

    Meet Me At The Old Fire Station is a partnership between three charities at The Old Fire Station in Gipton. 

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    Zimbabwe Educational Trust

    Zimbabwe Educational Trust provides financial assistance to grass-roots partner organisations in Zimbabwe that engage orphans and other vulnerable in education.

    Zimbabwe Educational Trust provides financial assistance to grass-roots partner organisations in Zimbabwe that engage orphans and other vulnerable in education and enable them to complete their primary education and realise their potential for better lives, and enhance the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3, and in the longer term MDG 1.

    Zimbabwe is also one of the countries most severely affected by HIV/AIDS. Around 1,300 people die each week, many of them parents with children who need educational and economic support. UNICEF estimates that 1 in 4 children in Zimbabwe is an orphan. Very few estates are registered and not all deaths are registered despite so many dying. As a result orphans and other vulnerable children find it difficult to obtain birth certificates and parental death certificates without which they are unable to sit for public examinations or access any assistance meant for orphans.

    At ZET, we offer a great deal of flexibility to our volunteers. You don’t have to stick to just one role; some overlap, and you are free to change role if you fancy doing something different. Furthermore, if your area of specialty/interest is not covered in these more specific roles, there is the scope to discuss with the Operations Manager a role that is more suitable to you. We want to make sure that you enjoy your experience and get something out of it, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and find out how else you can get involved.

    We are a small charity, and this makes our volunteers’ experience unique; their work has a big impact and volunteers are given genuine responsibilities. For this reason, volunteering at ZET is a great way to enhance your CV and boost your career prospects (if you happen to be at that stage in your career); such hands-on experience will help you develop a range of skills in your area of interest. Not only this, but volunteers work closely with ZET’s Operations Manager, gaining a broad and deep insight into the work of an international development, non-profit organisation. This makes volunteering for ZET particularly suitable for those with an interest in International Development/International Affairs and a career in the third sector, or someone who wants to gain first-hand experience in the operations of a non-profit organisation.