This article will explain how the University of Portsmouth’s Careers and Employability Service can help you find a volunteering role, and give an overview of what types of roles are available.

The Careers and Employability Service Volunteering Team promote a variety of volunteering opportunities with charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK. These roles usually require a regular commitment (the average is four hours per week for a period of three months), to allow you to gain a substantial amount of work experience to add to your CV, develop your skills and assist your career planning.  Volunteering is also a fantastic was to connect with new people, build self-confidence and give back to a cause you feel passionately about.  Certain roles are suitable for short-term course placements, please book an appointment with a member of the team for further details.


What volunteering roles are available?

To make sure there is something for everyone the Careers and Employability Service has a wide range of roles on offer. To assist you with your search all the opportunities are broken down into 11 sectors:

  • Child and Youth Work
  • Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Health and Social Care
  • Marketing and Communications
  • One-off Volunteering
  • Research, Business and Administration
  • Retail and Hospitality
  • Science and Environment
  • Social and Community Justice
  • Sports
  • Technology

There are also four large-scale projects that are advertised at key times of the year, they are:

  • Code Club - teaching children aged nine - 11 coding skills

  • The Reading Scheme - offering one-to-one reading tuition to pupils in local primary schools

  • STEM Ambassadors - inspiring young people to pursue STEM careers

  • Hampshire Constabulary’s StudentWatch - helping make students safer and improving community relations


You can access these opportunities by either contacting the Careers and Employability Centre or logging into MyCareer to access the Volunteering Bank.


How can I get in contact for more information and advice?

You can email the Volunteering team directly on

In addition, the Careers and Employability Service has a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can find out more about the support available from the Careers and Employability Service, access a wide range of information and advice and find out how to contact us by visiting our website at


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