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Join our community of student volunteers

Barnardo's student fundraiser holding up a 'believe in volunteering' sign

As the UK's biggest children's charity, Barnardo's offers a huge range of voluntary work for students.

Voluntary work is a great way for students to develop your CV, meet new people and help our work to turn children's lives around.

Student volunteers are incredibly important to Barnardo's. We are constantly looking for committed people who are prepared to give a few hours a week to volunteer with us.

Please contact the Barnardo's Student Programme to discuss voluntary work for students and to find out about the opportunities available in your area.

Voluntary work for students at university

You could set up a Barnardo's University Society or there are a lots of exciting opportunities to fulfil course requirements, including voluntary work in:

  • event management
  • fashion and textiles
  • performing arts.

Students can also apply for student retail volunteer roles.

Voluntary work in our shops, offices or children's projects

There are loads of student volunteering opportunities at Barnardo's including volunteering at one of our shops, offices or children's projects or starting a 3 month volunteer internship with us. Please contact the relevant person for your area to set up volunteering in a Children's Service.

Voluntary work ideas

We’re open to all ideas, not just traditional volunteering. Some ideas that people have come to us with include:

  • plans for running stalls in their students’ union in association with their local Barnardo’s store
  • arranging toner recycling schemes across their campus; providing support in our regional offices
  • helping our local media officers launch a new project.

If you have any ideas and would like to get advice on how to get started please contact us, we’d love to hear from you!

Please contact the Barnardo's Student Programme to discuss voluntary work for students and to find out about the opportunities available in your area. For Children's Service volunteering, contact the relevant VDM for your area to set up this up.

Contact the Student Programme

UK Volunteering

Email: volunteering@barnardos.org.uk

Tel: 0208 498 7320

Barnardo's House
UK Volunteering
Tanners Lane
Barkingside
Ilford
Essex
IG6 1QG

Contact the Student Programme

Telephone: 020 8498 7033

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