Make a difference and develop your skills

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 even set up your own volunteering project. 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.


Do you want to make a difference in your local community?

At ARU Students' Union Volunteer Centre you can 'Make Your Mark' on your local community and give something back. Everyone can contribute to their communities, no matter how small, to make our cities safer, greener, more exciting, equal and more, to make a difference to the environment in which we live and to the lives of those around us.

Find out what the local issues in your cities are and how YOU can 'Mark Your Mark' on your local community below:

Make Your Mark Campaign


  ARU students logged 17,781 volunteering hours last year!


Start your volunteering journey by following these steps:


Create Your Volunteering Profile

Find a Volunteer Role

Log Your Volunteering Hours and Skills

Get recognised for your volunteering!




Are you an external organisation or charity looking to recruit student volunteers? Click below to access our 'Organisation Hub' 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

Come in to the Students' Union on Thursdays, 1:30pm-2:30pm and meet with a Volunteer Centre Coordinator to discuss anything volunteering, from finding a volunteer role to help logging your skills.


Peter Taylor House
Tel: 01223 460 008
Chris Pursell
Volunteer Centre Manager
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am-5pm
Caroline Way
Volunteer Centre Coordinator
Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:45am-3pm


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


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