Make a Difference Weeks

Make a Difference

Make a Difference Weeks are an opportunity for students and staff to make a positive difference through supporting causes that impact the local community. These are one-off activities that don’t require ongoing commitment, giving you the opportunity to gain experience and support your personal development, well-being and sense of community.

Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions, our 'Make a Difference' volunteering events have been paused, but there are still lots of way to make a difference through a range of online, micro and virtual volunteering opportunities which are detailed below.

If you would like to receive email notifications about new volunteering opportunities, or have any questions about volunteering, please email: to be added to our mailing list.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on work experience and the graduate market.  Volunteering is a valuable way to develop and enhance your skills and boost your employability prospects.  If you are wanting to help others, there are lots of ways you can do this.  The majority of opportunities will take place virtually or in small groups.  No previous experience is needed, you just need to be friendly and reliable.  Please see details below of some really rewarding opportunities – some can even be done from the comfort of your own home.

Don't forget to keep a record of your volunteering and use our transferable skills log, to help you reflect on and articulate the skills gained.


Start volunteering today!

Special Constable Recruitment events

Leicestershire Police will be hosting online recruitment events for anyone who is interested in becoming a Special Constable.

Special constables are people like you - people like you who are volunteer police officers whom play a pivotal role in helping police Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Register here to attend an online seminar.


The Mix - Online Peer-Supporter

When you volunteer at The Mix you can take part in online and offline volunteering that is exciting, challenging and rewarding. Volunteers with The Mix can gain CV skills and get the chance to meet other friendly, interesting people.  There are a range of virtual opportunities including Peer-Supporters, where you will help to combat loneliness. Loneliness in young people has been an issue for young people way before the pandemic, however it has been made worse in the past year. We need you to help show young people that are experiencing loneliness that there are places where people will listen and build positive connections.

This is an informal role that can be done in small chunks of time, so if you have 10 minutes here or there, you can really make a big difference.  Find out more and apply.

Perfectly Edible Market Support Volunteer

Perfectly Edible U.K. (PEUK) is a community interest company based in the Braunstone area of Leicester.  PEUK reduces food waste and addresses food poverty by rescuing and redistributing surplus food and products that would otherwise be thrown away by retailers.

Enthusiastic volunteers are needed to help with packing away the Perfectly Edible markets requires cleaning and sterilising of table cloths and tables, sweeping, packing crates away and re-configuring the room.  Any stock left over needs to be crated up either for storage or sending to our partner foodbanks and Community Fridge.

Between 14:00 and 16:00 the Perfectly Edible  team packs away the Markets. You need to be physically able, can lift safely and work as part of a team. No qualifications necessary just physical capability, cheerfulness and an ability to get on with the job at hand.

There are also other opportunities, including Cafe Support Volunteers, Fundraisers, Community Shop Supervisors and more.


Alzheimer's Society Companion Call Volunteer

People affected by dementia are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness, especially so during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

As a Companion Call volunteer you will help us to reduce isolation by telephoning people affected by dementia on a regular basis (ideally weekly) to engage people in

friendly conversation and to have a good chat. Through your contact and conversations, people affected by dementia will feel less socially isolated and better connected.

What you’ll be doing:

· Telephoning people living with dementia or their carers, usually on a weekly basis, chatting with them about the things they are interested in and want to talk about.

· Chatting with the same people (up to a maximum of five) for up to 30 minutes each.

· Providing brief feedback on calls via an online form and to your role manager as required.

· You will not be providing advice or guidance in this role and you don’t need to have knowledge of dementia or coronavirus.

This role will suit you if you:

· Are motivated to reduce the social isolation of people affected by dementia.

· Are confident in using the telephone and are happy to work independently.

· Have good verbal communication skills, are a good listener and enjoy talking to people.

· Have basic IT skills and have easy access to the internet.

· Are patient, flexible and able to commit to the schedule of calls agreed.

Visit the Alzheimer's Society website to apply and to view more opportunities.


Keep Britain Tidy - The Great British Spring Clean

Keep Britain Tidy cannot achieve its goals - eliminating litter and ending waste for now and for future generations - alone and this is where our army of volunteers comes in, helping us care for the environment on their and your doorstep.

You can join the thousands of people who support our work by volunteering, whether it’s joining our #LitterHeroes (our year-round army of litter pickers), becoming an assessor for our Eco-Schools, Green Flag Award or Blue Flag and Seaside Awards, or getting involved in one of our regional projects.

This year over 560,000 volunteers have given their time to support Keep Britain Tidy and we are so grateful for their efforts. Why not join them and help us make a difference?

Age UK Volunteer Shop Assistant

Age UK is the country's leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life..

Our amazing volunteers help to keep our charity shops running like clockwork and are an essential part of everything that we do.

Our charity shops raise vital funds that help support our wide range of services.

Whether you are looking to gain new skills and experiences, use those you already have, add experience to your CV or simply give your spare time to a worthy cause, then we have flexible options to suit you!

As a Volunteer Shop Assistant you will be welcoming and serving our customers, keeping the shop tidy, sorting donations or helping with a wide range of other tasks.

To apply, please visit this Age UK web page


Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL)

Search for opportunities close to where you are through VAL's opportunities database.


Leicester Children's Holidays Charity Fundraiser

This opportunity is to support the charity by volunteering in their visitor centre based in the Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester.  Your role will include meeting people coming in, talking to them about the charity and selling toys to raise much needed funds.


Trade Sexual Health - Communications & Digital Engagement Volunteer

Are you a tech-savvy volunteer with an interest in sexual health, HIV and digital/social media to support the development and delivery of the charity's communications and social media strategies? The role will encompass the joint management of all of Trade’s social media accounts, website and online campaigns, as well support the delivery of live streaming online content for events.


British Red Cross Volunteer

Whoever you are, whatever your skills, you can share your kindness by volunteering for the British Red Cross.  There are a range of roles available in various locations across the country.  You can volunteer as a translator for the charity's refugee services or even do some virtual bucket shaking,

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games - Register your interest now

Be part of the Commonwealth Games legacy.

Volunteers will be the beating heart of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Over 12,500 passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic people from all walks of life will be needed to play an essential role in helping to organise, run and manage 11 days of spectacular competition.

The dedication and hard work of volunteers will be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.


Virtual School Assembly Volunteers

The Air Ambulance Service need enthusiastic volunteers to deliver virtual presentations.

They need your help to raise awareness and spread the word about the work of Your Local Air Ambulance and The Children’s Air Ambulance. In particular they are looking for friendly and confident people to help them by joining virtual school assemblies and talking about #TheCrew, their children’s club.

Previous experience of presenting would be great but as long as you are confident speaking via online platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom then don’t worry, you’ll be provided with all the training and tools you need. The Air Ambulance Service will give you the background information about the charity and the presentation to use and you would be supported by a local Community Fundraiser who would be your key contact.

This volunteer role is very flexible, and as this is home based, you could be based anywhere as long as you have an internet connection!

You'll be given all the information you need to be successful in the role, relevant training, support from a Community Fundraising Executive in your area and the opportunity to gain experience working for a national charity. The Air Ambulance Service are happy to provide references for volunteers, which can help you to build your CV for future employment.

Apply by emailing:


FareShare East Midlands

FareShare volunteers do anything and everything, from driving the vans, helping to sort and store food in our warehouses, administrative tasks in the office, and helping us to fundraise and share our work through social media.  Learn more and apply here.


Volunteer Translators

Could you translate a single-page NHS guide into another language?

Leicester City CCG have produced a simple information sheet to help families find support if they are concerned about their children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

They are looking for speakers of any languages to translate, so that it can be shared far and wide within the community.

For more details and to offer your help, please email

Age UK Telephone Befriender

As a Telephone Befriender you will be part of a small group of dedicated volunteers who make calls from a city based call centre to older people to help alleviate any isolation and loneliness they may be experiencing.

This is a flexible role that gives you the opportunity to help people in a way that you are passionate about, talking to an older person by telephone, to engage them in conversation and to listen with interest.

What’s involved?

  • Help older people feel less lonely by providing conversation and a listening ear.
  • Promote ageing in a positive way
  • Use your own experience of life events and help others to adapt to changes
  • To refer and signpost an older person to other organisations and agencies that may support their health and well-being
  • Encourage older people to attend social groups, e.g. coffee mornings or one-off events, if they feel they would like to
  • Use a computer system to make notes and feed back to the project coordinator
  • What knowledge do I need?

    As Telephone Befriender, it would be beneficial (but not essential) for you to:

  • Have first-hand experience of transitional life events e.g. retirement, divorce
  • Understand how life events can impact on physical and mental health/wellbeing
  • Be willing to find out about local services and how to support individuals to use them
  • Find out more about this and other roles here.


    NHS Volunteer Responders

    NHS Volunteer Responders protect the NHS and support those who need to self-isolate in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Once signed up, you can provide support safely to people who are isolating at home. You can help by delivering groceries and medicines, or by offering a friendly conversation over the telephone to someone who is on their own.

    Once you have registered and checks are complete, you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app.

    Volunteers must be 18 or over, and be fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups will still be able to offer support over the telephone as a Check In and Chat Volunteer.  You will need to have a smartphone to take part as you will be unable to receive alerts without the app.  Join the team of NHS Volunteer Responders today.

    The Access Project - Volunteer Tutor

    Get involved in The Access Project’s work to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by signing up as a volunteer to support a student with their academic studies for 1 hour a week during the current academic year.

    As a Volunteer Tutor you will make a significant, lasting impact on a young person’s future; gain valuable tutoring experience and enhance your CV; reconnect with a subject you love; grow in confidence, be a positive role model; enhance your communication, mentoring and planning skills and give back to your community.

    Check out this Access Project Video to hear more about the role.

    No prior experience necessary, full training included with start dates throughout the autumn term. Apply now to volunteer.


    The Princes Trust E-Mentor

    The Prince’s Trust is on a four year mission to help 10,000 more young people get into the Health and Social Care sector, and they are looking for mentors who are willing to support them; building their confidence and enabling them to thrive. If you are willing to support a young person on their journey, register your interest to find out more.


    Donate your skills by the hour to support cancer charities.  Get involved in projects that require photography skills, coding, writing, design and more to help beat cancer.


    Covid-19 Anthology

    Soulful Group are seeking submissions for a global #covid19anthology. Any printed medium will be considered, from poetry and short stories to photography and illustrations. The anthology will become a creative record that tracks the stories, differing perspectives and invaluable lessons that came about due to the pandemic.


    Be My Eyes

    Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.


    Adopt a grandparent

    Help combat loneliness by volunteering to be paired up with an elderly resident of a UK care home. ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ was launched to bring a sense of comfort to young people and the elderly who may not have grandparents/grandchildren of their own, with the aim of creating long-lasting intergenerational friendships.

    What’s involved? Simply fill in an online form and someone will be in touch to pair you with your new ‘Grandma’ or ‘Grandpa’. After that, these are some of the ways in which you can help:

    • Having phone calls/video calls with your new friend
    • Sending cheerful pictures/stories/poems (post or email) for them to enjoy
    • Sharing stories from different generations
    • Sending letters/postcards to your new friend, much like a pen pal


    Dementia Friends and Dementia Champions

    A Dementia Friend is someone who learns about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.  Dementia Friends Champions are volunteers who talk to people about being a Dementia Friend in their community. It is easy to get involved. Dementia Friends Champions attend a training session, receive support as and when needed and are part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.

    The Trussell Trust Food Bank Volunteer and home based opportunities

    Whether you want to commit a few days a week or a few hours a month, your support can make a real difference to The Trussell Trust.  Volunteers are required to support the nationwide network of foodbanks.  There are also home based roles available such as as Social Media Advocate and Fundraisers.

    UN Online Volunteering

    The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.


    You can also visit the Students’ Union website for further information on volunteering opportunities.

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