Volunteering At Home

Volunteering at Home


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.

We have prepared a list of volunteering opportunities which you can do without leaving your home. We believe that these activities can do both – help the community and help our volunteers. Focusing on meaningful tasks benefiting others can help decreasing the anxiety and help you to feel more connected with others.

It is never a bad time for volunteering, sometimes we just need to be a bit more creative about it. Volunteering from home doesn’t have to mean being online. You can write a postcard, give a call to an elderly person or knit a pair of socks - it’s up to you. We would love to hear how you are getting on with your home volunteering projects.

Please do share your work, tag us @AngliaRuskinSU and inspire others to do the same. Your time means a lot.


Decorate the front of your house with rainbows

Many schools encouraged pupils to create pictures of rainbows and display them in their windows. This simple yet powerful initiative is a way of spreading kindness and positivity during the challenging time we are facing. Could you decorate your front window, so that it brings smile on faces of people passing by? This activity is a simple way of doing something kind for your community, and it is particularly great for parents looking for ways to engage their kids!



Share your volunteering experiences with ARU Students' Union

Have you volunteered this year and want to share your experiences with others? Inspire others to help their community now and in the future by writing a volunteering blog, a news article about how volunteering has benefitted you or even create a short video!

Simply send in your submissions to volunteering@angliastudent.com and we will share it online and through our social media channels!


Alzheimer's Society - Become a Dementia Friend

A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community. Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want. Once you have become a Dementia Friend share this on social media and spread the message!

Become a Dementia Friend today


Alzheimer's Society Gamechangers Project

Join thousands of others and help the Alzheimers Society drive dementia research forward simply using your smartphone. Simply play brain games for 5 minutes every day for 1 month to help the Alzheimers Society understand more about how the brain works to support research that could prevent, slow down, or even stop the progression of dementia in the future.

Become a Gamechanger today!


Be My Eyes

Lend your eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more indepedent lives through visual assistance and live video call's.

Help the world become more accessible today


Bliss - Knit for Premature Babies

BLISS have a selection of free downloadable patterns to have a go at knitting then send direct to the local Neonatal Unit. Crochet octopus toys are a fun project that can also comfort babies born prematurely. Before you start knitting, please contact your local neonatal unit to find out what items they require. We ask you to send your completed knitting to them directly, as they are best placed to put it to good use

Download the patterns today and get knitting!


Cambridge Commons Social Media Manager

Can you help spread the message about the harmful effects of inequality in Cambridge? The Cambridge Commons are looking for someone who is able to use different social media platforms to disseminate messages about how inequality damages everyone in society, targeted at the general public and decision-makers to achieve maximum impact and reach.

Learn more and register your interest in this here


Cambridge Online - Digital Champion (Phone and Email)

As part of Cambridge Online's emergency response to Coronavirus, they are looking for volunteers to join a new team providing phone and email support to our customers needing help with digital tasks.

Sign up to be a Digital Champion



Change.org is an online platform for change where you can sign or create your own petitions.

Create or join a movement today to start implementing change in the world.


Free Rice

Free Rice is an online microvolunteering quiz which is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Simply pick a catagory of questions, answer as many questions as you can, and for every correct answer you collect, you will donate 10 grains of rice for the World Food Programme.

Start playing now and join the Students' Union Free Rice Group by using the code SCUTME6U


Help From Home

Change the world in just your pyjama's! Volunteer in bite sized chunks, from your own home, whenever you want to.

Join thousands of other volunteers by making micro effort and having macro impact


Missing Maps

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

Start helping to fill in missing maps today


NHS Volunteer Responders - Check in and chat volunteers

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well.

This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.

Sign up to be an NHS Volunteer Responder


Phrase Detectives

Lovers of language and literature, this is the place where you can work together to improve future generations of language technology.

Grab your detective hat and spy glass now!


Post Pals

Post Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children aged 3 to 17, and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship.

Get your creativity going and create a smile today


Prince's Trust Online Mentor

The Prince's Trust are seeking volunteers who can support a young person online who is looking for work or looking to start their own business and empower them to take control of their own learning and set their own goals.

Inspire a young today and sign up to be an online mentor.


Support your local community with Helpfulpeeps

Find help, swap skills and connect with neighbours in your local community. Helpfulpeeps is a free app designed to making helping and getting help easier.  



UN Volunteers

The United Nations volunteer programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.  Online volunteering allows organisations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world from any device.

Discover a online volunteering role for you!



The Zooniverse enables everyone to take part in real cutting edge research in many fields across the sciences, humanities, and more. The Zooniverse creates opportunities for you to unlock answers and contribute to real discoveries.

Join a people powered research project today


ZSL - Instant Wild Project

ZSL’s 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. You don't need any special expertise to take part, help is provided in our handy field guides - simply sign up and start tagging the animals in the images. Your involvement will not only contribute to conservation but you'll also get a window into some of the world's wildest places!

Start contributing to conservation here!

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