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Summer 2023 Volunteering

To be notified of new summer volunteering roles added to this page, please register on the Summer Volunteering section of the Volunteering Portal; we'll email you when we update!

Taking place on specific dates | Ongoing across the summer | Expired events

Taking place on specific dates

The roles in this section will support events taking place on specific dates. They may require pre-booking or advance training, or may support walk-up volunteering on the day; check event details.

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Event Volunteers for Luminarium event at Compton Verney

1st - 6th August

Luminarium is coming to Compton Verney, and we are looking for Luminarium Event Volunteers to join our team and help us deliver this event. From 1-6 August volunteers will help us to welcome everyone to this internationally immersive art event. If you love art and culture, enjoy talking to others and want a short commitment with maximum benefits then join our team today.

You can read more about the role, responsibilities, hours and benefits in our role description.

Applications for the role can be made online.

Have any questions? We want to hear from you. Email us at: opens in a new window or
call us on 0192664500.

This is an External Opportunity.

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Leamington Spa's Art in the Park

Volunteers needed Friday 4th - Sunday 6th August

Help us run the festival!

Leamington Spa's Art in the Park Festival is back again for the 10th year on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August, and we are looking for some amazing volunteers to help us run the festival. Are you free on Friday 4th August to help with the set up of 200+ artists? Or maybe over the weekend itself welcoming the musicians & bands, helping coordinate the performers, helping with a craft acitivity, handing out literature or staffing our info tent? To find out more - please contact Louise Whiteley (Artist & Volunteer Manager) on 

This is an External Opportunity.

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Bowls England National Finals

10th August to 27th August

Leamington Spa, Victoria Park

Our volunteers are the heartbeat of our events and we are excited to have you join us for an unforgettable experience.

Roles: Potential roles include media, scoring, hospitality and customer service, and relevant training will be provided where required. We need our volunteers to be flexible with the roles, as we may require your contribution across different areas for the successful delivery of the event.

Allowances: We offer lunch allowance, coffee breaks, free parking, and free access to the event on the day of volunteering. Please note that transport and accommodation costs are not covered.

To find out more and to sign up, visit our National Finals Volunteer page

This is an External Opportunity

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Roman Festival at Lunt Roman Fort

26th & 27th August

Volunteers are sought to help out on each day of the family-friendly history festival at Lunt Roman Fort in roles ranging from supporting the children's "battle drill", craft activities in the granary, early years activities outside and carpark help. Transport to the site can be arranged via the volunteering team at Coventry Museums. For more information or sign up, please email or call Rupert on 024 7623 7549.

This is an External Opportunity.

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RAWKUS is a project that aims to save food surplus from kitchens across campus when students leave halls at the end of term/year. Tonnes of food and other items have been saved from ending up in the bin and have been given to local charities and food banks. We have saved 10s of tonnes since it began!

This is only made possible by having volunteers willing to spend some time to help.

We are looking for volunteers who are available join this fantastic initiative, saving good food and other items from being wasted across the campus.

Visit our page to sign up for our next collections on July 29th and September 9th.

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Food and Drink festival volunteers

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September

The Food and Drink Festival takes place in the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa attracting over 25,000 people from the town and neighbouring cities.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help out during the weekend with a variety of roles to facilitate the smooth running of the event. You may volunteer for 1 or 2 days for as many hours as you feel possible during the designated times.

Candidates will need to be friendly and helpful and ready to assist both in their designated roles and general ad hoc duties that may arise over the weekend – such as set up, pack up, tidying areas, customer surveys.

You will need to make your own way to the event – either by public transport (buses and train links between Leamington and Coventry are very good) or driving.

As well as the experience of taking part in a fantastic 2 day event – one of the biggest in the Leamington calendar - we will say thank you to our volunteers with a Food Voucher that can be redeemed at the event on the day you volunteer.

To find out more and to apply, please email

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Family activities at Charterhouse

September 10th

On September 10th, as part of the Heritage Open Days, the Coventry Big Bike Ride will take place. There will be a City wide family friendly cycle ride past all the major heritage attractions in Coventry – with Charterhouse being the main hub and finishing destination. We will have supporting events at Charterhouse with family activities in the Archery Field and garden. We are looking for volunteers throughout the day to be in the car park, archery field and garden helping with stewarding, wayfinding, welcoming visitors. The day is divided into two shifts but we are ideally looking for as many volunteers as possible to be around for the whole day so please sign up for morning and afternoon if you can. This will be a great day for us to welcome families to Charterhouse and introduce new visitors to the site. If you would like to take part please contact

Ongoing across the summer

The following opportunities are taking place regularly across the summer period; some may require a regular commitment whilst others will welcome one-off volunteering.

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Cheylesmore Good Neighbours: one-to-one computer guidance for older people

Wednesday afternoons across the summer, The Kenilworth Centre in Kenilworth

We hold one-to-one sessions for seniors who have a tablet/laptop/mobile device that they would like to know more about and use to full advantage.

Although our members are elderly they are eager to learn, but need patience and repetition to reinforce their knowledge.

They may be complete beginners, or have some idea of what they would like to learn and you would need to talk to your senior to ascertain their requirements.

The sessions are up to 90 minutes long. You will be away from the University for approximately 3 hours.

We hope to run sessions on Wednesday afternoons through the summer period once per month or more frequently if enough students are available. First date is 21st June 2023.


The venue is the Kenilworth Centre in Kenilworth on the No 11 Bus direct from the University. Warwick Volunteers will refund reasonable bus fares.

More questions? Feel free to contact Alex on or: 07982 238179

We are supported by the GrumbleSmiles Charity Reg. No: 1145632

This is an External Opportunity

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LWS Night Shelter

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Radford Road Church, Leamington

We are always recruiting for volunteers to help us provide a safe space and food to those in need at LWS Night Shelter. There is no commitment - you can volunteer as regularly, or irregularly as works for you by signing up to shifts that suit you. 

We rely heavily on Warwick University students to be able to run our service, and we have a really lovely student community volunteering with us. There are a number of shifts to help with including: overnight shifts, general evening shifts, catering shifts, baking rota and supermarket collections.

Visit our pages to find out more and to sign up. 

This is an External Opportunity 

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Gardening opportunities at Charterhouse in Coventry

Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday

Historic Coventry Trust have regular volunteering sessions every week that students can join by emailing or calling 024 7527 0337. All of these opportunities are good for meeting people and learning teamworking and communication skills. All of these groups meet on the bridge at the bottom of the car park at Charterhouse, CV1 2JR

  • Tuesday 10am - 1pm, litter pick and flowerbed maintenance, or other tasks at Charterhouse,
  • Wednesday 10am - 2pm - gardening in the historic garden at Charterhouse with head gardener Gianni and the regular gardening volunteers
  • Friday 10am - 12noon - kitchen garden, growing fruit and veg for use in the bistro at Charterhouse

This is an External Opportunity 

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Visitor Guides wanted for historic St Mary’s Church, Warwick

With 900 years of history there is a lot to talk about. 

Thomas Beauchamp guardian to the Black Prince, Agincourt to War of the Roses and Tudor intrigue. 

So, if you like meeting people from all over the world and enjoy talking about history this could be for you. 

Then why not volunteer with the Visitor /Guide Team? We greet visitors from all over the world, giving them a memorable and informative time in our magnificent historical Church. We are looking for volunteers who can give us a couple of hours of their time to help us give visitors a better understanding of the history of our church. 

Please contact Anaïs Vanian-Cooper for more information at: 

This is an External Opportunity 

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What is War Memorial Park junior parkrun?
A free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds).
When is it?
It is held every Sunday at 9:00am.
Where is it?
War Memorial Park, Coventry

Marshals guide and encourage the participants around the course warning them of any obstacles or hazards, as well as ensuring that other park users are aware of the event. They are also the eyes and ears of the Run Director out on the course.

Marshals perform a crucial function; if there aren't enough marshals then the event can't go ahead.

Volunteering at parkrun is an opportunity to get outside, make new friends, have fun, learn new skills and to be a valuable part of your local community. We are always looking for new volunteers.

Opportunities are flexible and the timeframe for each event is usually 1 hour - 08:30 to 09:30 on Sunday morning.

Register and find out more on our Volunteering Portal pages

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Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry

Now - 2nd September

Summer activity sessions support volunteers wanted

This summer join us for a rich and diverse exploration of craft, inspired by the installations in our Work on Walls exhibition. Reimagine the Coventry urban scene, by taking in our famous landmarks and learning about the culture of Coventry from our collections. Channel your inner street artist, by learning new skills to make positive statements and new architectural forms.

Meet the nation's favourite dinosaur as Dippy the diplodocus stomps into Coventry on a three-year loan from the Natural History Museum!

Support activities for visitors aged 0-4 in our Mini Makers sessions and our Sensory Play Daysas as an Early Years Learning Assistant, or broader activities at the venue as an Events Volunteer.

You can find out more about the roles in our role description.

To register your interest, ask questions or learn more, please email or call Rupert on 024 7623 7549.

This is an External Opportunity.

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Be a guide at a historic Coventry building

Charterhouse, Coventry

Thursdays to Sundays

Volunteers are wanted to act as a guide to visitors in the 14th century priory house with its medieval and Tudor wall paintings. This role is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and develop a range of transferrable skills in a vibrant heritage visitor site.

Find out more or sign up by contacting or calling 024 7527 0337

This is an External Opportunity

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Gallery volunteer at Compton Verney

Commitment: 1 day a week, 10:15am-5pm

Compton Verney, a registered charity, is an extraordinary place with a mission to make art, nature and creativity available to all. As an award-winning nationally accredited gallery, based in a Grade I-listed Georgian mansion amidst 120 acres of Grade II-listed Lancelot 'Capability' Brown parkland in Warwickshire, we have six permanent collections alongside a schedule of thought-provoking evolving exhibitions and events both outdoors and in.

About the role

Gallery volunteers help us to bring our spaces to life through welcoming and engage visitors from everywhere, and facilitating great experiences. Working in the Visitor Experience team, you will share the stories and significance of the art collections and exhibitions with others. Delving into the artist world, sharing passion that connects with everyone. Full training will be provided, additional out of hour opportunities will be available.

For further information about the role and links to application forms, visit WV's Volunteering Portal pages.

This is an External Opportunity.

Dementia Cafe volunteers

Volunteers needed every Wednesday 1-3pm, the Sydni Centre, Leamington Spa. There is free parking, and it is near the 67 bus stop.

What do we do?

Once a week, we run a café for those with dementia or memory loss and their carers. Our visitors arrive to our café which has free homemade (amazing) cakes, many drinks, and some activities we set out, where they can have a few hours chatting and interacting with our volunteers. Here we aim to create a feeling of companionship in a relaxed environment, where we hope to become an established part of the local community!

What will your role involve?

  • Chatting to those with dementia or memory loss and their carers
  • Carrying out activities that are set out, for example art and crafts
  • Set-up and closing down


  • Help out your local community!
  • Gain work experience for medical school applications
  • Be part of a team who are passionate about making a change

To apply, please contact us at and we can add you to our volunteer WhatsApp group and you can list your availability on our interactive spreadsheet.

Expired events

The following events have now taken place or are no longer accepting further volunteers. Check out the roles above or explore our Volunteering Portal for more opportunities to support the local community.

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Over The Wall

Over The Wall is a UK based charity for children and young people with health challenges and disabilities, and their families, to discover a world of mischief and magic. A place where they can be brave and have fun with others. These amazing places are in-person – at residential camps and also available online – with Camp in the Cloud and Camp 365. And what’s more, it’s all free!

Volunteering roles are:

  • Camp teammate
  • Activity leader
  • Clinical volunteer
  • Media Crew

Our 3 camps run from:

  • July 31st- August 4th
  • August 7th – August 11th
  • August 14th – August 18th

Final application deadline is July 10th, but the sooner the better! To read more about volunteering at OTW and to apply, please visit our website.

This is an External Opportunity 

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2023 Transplant Games

27th-30th July

Be part of something extraordinary! The University of Warwick is hosting the 2023 Transplant Games, and we want YOU to volunteer. 

From 27th-30th July, witness the power of organ transplantation as athletes from around the world gather to compete and celebrate life. As a volunteer, you'll play a vital role in creating an unforgettable experience. 

Hear incredible tales of triumph and witness the transformative power of organ donation. Enhance your event management, teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. Connect with athletes, medical professionals, and fellow volunteers, fostering lasting friendships and valuable connections. Immerse yourself in the energetic and uplifting atmosphere of the Games, creating lifelong memories. 

Register your interest and learn more at . Don't miss this chance to be part of an inclusive, empowering, and unforgettable event! Contact our Central Communications contact, for any questions or further information, and you’ll have the chance to share your experience as a volunteer on behalf of the university.  

Join us in making the 2023 Transplant Games an event to remember!

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Design & Make

Tuesday 11th July: 8.00am- 6 pm

The Junction Building

The MAN Group’s Design & Make Challenge is back and bigger than ever with the intention of inspiring up to fifty Year 11 & Year 12 students to consider a career in engineering, manufacturing and technology.

The concept is simple; one day, one brief, but many possible outcomes. Students are challenged with designing and making a mechanical device (details revealed on the day) using just basic tools and materials. They’re offered support from apprentices and engineers from the eight MAN companies and encouraged to develop their ideas through trial and analysis. The devices are then tested by a suitably qualified panel of engineers, with prizes awarded to the schools under three different categories – Efficiency, Innovation and Manufacturing.

Twenty local schools battle against one another in teams of four to design and make a vehicle in one day.

We are looking for volunteers to steward from carparks, welcome people and be generally helpful to all our guests. We will supply each volunteer with a Warwick innovation District T-Shirt, snacks/lunch and drinks and for those working more than a couple of hours, we will organise a rota for breaks.

For more information and to sign up, email

In addition to the hundreds of volunteering opportunities available year-round on our Volunteering Portal, we have been contacted by various community organisations that are actively seeking volunteers during the university's Summer vacation period.

The opportunities op this page span a range of date and time commitments, and some may require advance booking or other undertakings in ahead of the day of the activity; please ensure you have read the details carefully and made contact with the organiser to avoid disappointment. Any volunteering undertaken that has been advertised on this page can be recorded on your hours log on the Portal by clicking "Add Community Project".

New opportunities will be added whenever we receive them. To be notified of new summer volunteering roles added to this page, please register on the Summer Volunteering section of the Volunteering Portal; we'll email you when we update!

If you are a local community group seeking volunteers across July, August or September 2023, please send us details at .