5 volunteering opportunities that you can get involved with today

Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health. It can help counteract the effects of stress and anxiety and combat depression.  Volunteering can make you happy, increase self-confidence, and is a great way to develop the skills and experience that will help when applying for jobs.

Liverpool Guild of Students have teamed up with organisations across Liverpool to provide Covid-safe volunteering opportunities, many of them offered remotely.

Here are just a few to take part in this month:

Volunteer mentor with local schools

ReachOut is a mentoring charity that works with disadvantaged young people aged 9-16 to help support them to grow in character and attainment.

They are currently looking for students to volunteer as mentors in local schools, where you will work one-on-one with mentees each week in an after-school session. Due to social distance restrictions these will initially take place online, but will transition into face-to-face mentoring when it is safe to do so.

Click here to find out more.

Friend making facilitator for students

Liverpool Guild of Students offer a schedule of events to keep self-isolating students busy, provide a space to meet each other, and create a sense of community that is fun and supportive.

They’re looking for volunteers to get involved and help to ensure that all students still have lots of opportunities to make friends and enjoy their University experience.

Find out more and get involved here.

Become an online researcher

Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. They’re looking for students to contribute to real academic research, on your own computer and in your own time.

With a wide-ranging and ever-expanding suite of projects, covering many disciplines and topics across the sciences and humanities, there’s a place for anyone and everyone.

To volunteer just choose a project you like the look of and get started!

Volunteer telephone befriender

Help to combat loneliness and isolation in the local community, from your own home. Join the Age Concern team of volunteer Befrienders where you’ll be matched with a client who has similar interests or hobbies. You will call for a chat each week, and help to brighten someone’s day.

Click here to find out more.

Mental health social media and campaign volunteer

The Be Free Campaign aims to demolish the stigma behind mental health and promote the free expression of individual values. They work with schools, hospitals, and community centres delivering talks and workshops on mental health and wellbeing.

They are looking for volunteers to help with events, social media, and campaigns. Click here to find out more.

Virtual conservation volunteer

Instant Wild enables you to take part in vital conservation work, bringing you live images and videos from amazing locations all around the world. By identifying the images of animals taken by motion triggered cameras, you will be contributing to conservation and making a positive impact on the future for wildlife.

Download the app or log in & begin tagging the species in the images, it’s as simple as that!

Find lots more opportunities via the Guild’s Volunteer pages.