Volunteering Resources and FAQs

Here's the answers to all your questions about volunteering with The Union. If you need to find a policy or resource, they're below. If you can't find the information you need contact the team at: volunteering@mmu.ac.uk



I don't have enough time to volunteer

The great thing about volunteering is that there are are loads of options and we have loads of different opportunities on our system, which vary from a commitment of one day a week, to once a month or even a one off event! Each opportunity will say what sort of commitment the organisation are looking for, but if you are unsure, you can always get in touch with them and ask. We also have some great microvolunteering opportunities, which hardly take any time at all.


What do I need to think about before I decide to volunteer?

The first thing to think about, is what kind of project you would like to get involved in. So start by thinking about what you would most enjoy doing as well as what you care about. This could be anything from providing IT support, fundraising or getting into nature and making a difference for our planet.

But don’t forget, volunteering is about more than just making cups of tea. Volunteering includes anything from, running a sports club or society, being a course rep, mentoring young people or helping the charities deal with cases of domestic abuse.


I can’t find the exact role that I want, what should I do?

Don’t worry! Please come and visit us in the Union or email us on volunteering@mmu.ac.uk and we’d be happy to help.


What should I do if I apply for something and they don’t get back to me?

Many of our volunteer providers are small charities, with small budgets and limited capacity and quite often Volunteer Coordinators are part time. Organisations will aim to get in touch with you as soon as possible, however sometimes this may take 1-2 weeks. If it’s been over two weeks then feel free to call or email the charity or contact volunteering@mmu.ac.uk so we can contact them for you. If you have been waiting a little while to hear back and you’re worried you may no longer have time to take up the role, please send us an email as we may be able to find you a shorter or more suitable role.


Will I get my expenses paid?

Every organisation operates differently. Most organisations will offer to pay reasonable expenses for travel and some may cover additional things, such as lunch, however this is something you should discuss when you first meet the charity. If you are concerned about potential travel costs or expenses in general then you can always ask before you start your volunteer role. Organisations will often state in their advertisement if they pay expenses, or in their induction/volunteer agreement.