Start Your Own Project

Step 1: Come up with your idea!

Whether you have a full project in mind or just some initial thoughts, it all starts with an idea. Do your research, make sure the project is realistic, needed and unique, then tell us all about it!

Step 2: Complete the Project Proposal

Using the Project Proposal document, tell us more about the aims and objectives of your project, who will benefit and what will your key activities be? How will you brand and market your project? Where will you advertise to recruit students? Is your project sustainable? You may also want to think about funding, including start-up costs and whether you will need to apply for grants.  

Proposals are reviewed by a panel of staff at a fortnightly meeting, so try to make this as detailed as possible, so the panel gets a real feel for your project. You will be notified once your proposal has been reviewed.

Step 3: Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator

Once you’ve submitted your plan, we’ll get in touch with you to arrange a meeting to discuss and develop your plan. We’ll go into more detail about funding, support and training, but, ultimately this is your opportunity to show us your passion for the project!

Step 4: Attend Project Leader Training

When your plan has been finalised with the Volunteer Coordinator, you will be required to attend a compulsory training session to learn more about running your own project. This will cover things like our expectations of you and the project, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection.

Step 5: Get started!

Congratulations! You’re ready to go! Now that you’ve completed training, you are free to start with your planned activities. This can include recruiting volunteers or additional project leaders, planning your first event and promoting your project.

Step 6: Keep in touch

From your proposal, to project development, to getting started, the volunteering and mentoring team will be on hand to guide and support your project. We’ll arrange regular one-to-ones to see how the project is progressing, and help you plan ahead for handing your project to the next leaders.