Volunteering from Home


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If you are currently unable to go out and volunteer locally, check out the below opportunities.

We have found lots of virtual and remote volunteering that you can still get involved with to make a difference to local communities and those around the world. You can give as much or as little time as you want, and you can continue to log your hours on our website! Read below to find out how to get involved!

  Please check that you are happy with any terms and conditions if you are asked to sign up in order to take part in any of the volunteering below.

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Join Action for Insects today to take practical, positive action in your own home and garden to help insects  Anti Slavery Manuscripts need your help to turn hand written correspondence into texts that can more easily be read and researched Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low vision people with volunteers for visual assistance through video calls.




FareShare are looking for virtual volunteers to help them spread the word about their Summer Food Collection taking place in Tesco from the 20-22 August. As a volunteer you can pledge your support to raise awareness of this campaign. Click the image above for further guidelines on how to volunteer. 

Review footage of chimpanzees to help anthropologists identify their behaviours, relationships and environement. Floating Forests helps to uncover the history of kelp forests. Given the worldwide distribution of kelp, we need your help to track it across time and space. As you play Freerice and answer questions right, advertisements appear on your screen. When you see one of these advertisements, you trigger a financial payment to the World Food Programme to support changing lives around the world. Instant Wild 

empowers you to take part in vital conservation work by bringing you LIVE images and videos from amazing locations all around the world for you to identify.

During the next few weeks, we want to encourage you to write letters to local care homes to help reduce loneliness at this uncertain time. Email volunteering@chester.ac.uk for a contact to write to!  LibriVox is a group of worldwide volunteers who read and record public domain texts creating free public domain audiobooks for download from their website and other digital library hosting sites on the internet.

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, in combination with others, needs your help to classify some very short recordings of babies’ speech sounds to help better understand the very first stages of language learning!

The Wild Nature Reserve measure wild Masai giraffes for a study of growth and survival. They need your help to analyse the thousands of photos triggered as giraffes pass the cameras.
Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help put the world's vulnerable people on the map  by mapping areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Lovers of language and literature, this is the place where you can work together to improve future generations of language technology. By indicating relationships between words and phrases you will help to create a resource that is rich in linguistic information. This charity helping you to ‘Post a Smile on a Sick Child’s Face’ by the sending of cards, letters, emails and little gifts to seriously ill children and their siblings in the UK. Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the covid-19 outbreak in the UK. They focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.

Join the University of Chester Peer Mentoring community! As a Peer Mentor you would support new students, answering queries they may have about the student experience and signposting to services. Online training options are available and contact between mentors and mentees can take place online.

Rainbow Biz support adults with learning differences and disabilities. At the moment, they are unable to continue with their face-to-face support, so have set up weekly ‘Zoom’ for their members. They are looking for volunteers to run virtual activities to keep their members active! Do you havea skill or a talent you could utilise to help with this? It could be a drawing class, music, singing, a quiz… 

Make a Syringe Driver Bag! Several hospices and the NHS give out hand-made bags to patients who are receiving constant pain medication and therefore, need to carry syringe drivers. The shoulder bags mean that the patient can carry the device around with them in a discreet way so that they are able to continue with their day-to-day activities.


Due to the current situation with Covid 19 (Coronavirus) CCDT are offering a Telephone Befriending Service to all of their clients. 

We’re challenging you to keep enjoying nature, whilst staying at home. Explore your garden and appreciate the amazing diversity of wildlife found there. We’re aiming to gain an insight into the species found across Cheshire’s garden habitats and would love you to join us through recording the wildlife you see in ‘Your Patch’.

Translators without Borders is a non-profit working towards a world where knowledge knows no language barriers. If you speak a second language you can use your skills to help provide translation and simplification services.

Call Companions for Re-Engage make regular telephone calls to lonely and isolated older people providing a lifeline of friendship. The regular chat and companionship offers a vital link with the outside world.

In place of the usual 1-to-1 contact with Primary aged children Passion for Learning are providing books and activity packs, as part of this they are including letters to the children and they need your help to write them!

The children they work with love to interact with our volunteers, the effect of lockdown restrictions will be having a huge impact on many. Receiving a ‘personal’ letter in their activity packs will be something quite special. Click the photo to email Beth and let her know you want to get involved! Please read these guidelines before you start writing. 


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 now-u, is a non-profit that aims to educate, inspire and empower individuals to make a difference through quick and easy everyday actions, and help tackle some of the most pressing issues in the world today.

They're getting ready to launch a new app to help coordinate these grassroots actions and are looking to involve engaged and socially aware students to help us by either:

  1. Testing the app and providing us with feedback ahead of the official launch in July, or
  2. Volunteering with us to gain experience across a wide variety of disciplines, including marketing, web development, and campaigns research.