Give your time to make a real difference to the lives of others around you. Volunteering helps you stand out from the crowd with real experiences that will build your confidence and develop your skills.



When you give your time to volunteer you’ll meet new people, have fun and connect with other passionate people.

The amount of time you give to volunteering is completely up to you – we have one-off roles, short-term projects or longer term commitments. You can volunteer to do almost anything, and gain experiences relevant to your degree.

We’re here to help you grow personally and professionally, building up your skills to help you become more employable. Log your volunteering hours and skills with us and we’ll accredit your voluntary work.

Start now and find an opportunity that’s right for you. Join in with a community of more than 725,000 student volunteers across the UK, making a difference to the lives of others and your own.


Online/At Home Opportunities

Regardless of the circumstances, there is always a way to help others. Especially now when the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak starts to have a serious effect on our communities, your willingness to make a difference to the lives of others is invaluable.

As you may be unable to carry on with your regular volunteering activities, we want to make sure that you still have a way of spending your time in a productive and meaningful way. Click below to find a list of volunteering opportunities that you can do online or at home, including ones you can do from your living room couch, or start building your skills through online skills training via LinkedIn Learning:

Online / At Home Opportunities 

Online Skills Workshops


  ARU students logged 16,436 volunteering hours and 2486 skill examples last year!


Start your volunteering journey by following these steps:


Create Your Volunteering Profile

Meet with a Volunteer Coordinator

Find a Volunteer Role

Log Your Volunteering Hours and Skills

Get recognised for your volunteering!


Join a Community. Be a Volunteer Hero

Join a community of ARU student volunteers who are supporting their local community and making a difference to the lives and environments around us.

Find out more and apply to be a Volunteer Hero today

Volunteer Heroes




Are you an external organisation or charity looking to recruit student volunteers? Click below to access our 'Organisation Registration' page to find details on how to register with ARU Students' Union Volunteer Centre and promote your volunteer opportunities to the students of Anglia Ruskin University:


I want to recruit student volunteers


Our Cambridge office is also responsible for our Peterborough Campus

Peter Taylor House
Tel: 01223 460 008
Aliza Evans 
Volunteer Centre Coordinator
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9am-5pm


Our Chelmsford office is also responsable for our London Campus

Tindal Building, First Floor
Tel: 01245 258 178
Gayle Miller
Volunteer Centre Coordinator
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9am-5pm