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Summer Volunteering


If you are around campus this Summer, there are many volunteering opportunities you can get involved in! From helping run an event to sorting through foodbank donations, there's a range of opportunities to choose from.

One-off opportunities : if you can't commit to a regular volunteering activity over the summer but would still like to give some of your time to support local projects.

Regular opportunities : if you would like to volunteer a little every week over the summer.

Please note that the hours you volunteer with these projects can count towards your Warwick Volunteers Certificate for 2018-19. Read more

One-Off Opportunities

Balsam Bashing

Date: Thursday 19 July
Time: 1 - 4 pm
Places available: 10

Enjoy a few hours in the fresh air helping Friends of Canley Green Spaces remove Himalayan Balsam from the banks of Canley Brook. Pulling up balsam plants is good fun, and provides a great opportunity for volunteers to explore nature.

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant that grows rapidly in tall dense colonies by brooks and rivers. Balsam has large leaves that block sunlight, causing native plant species to die. When Himalayan Balsam dominates the bankside, biodiversity is reduced. With fewer plant species, the brook supports less wildlife, endangering creatures like the fluffy water vole.

Gloves and training will be provided. But please wear suitable outdoor clothes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy.

Your clothes must fully cover your arms, legs and ankles, so that you are protected from nettles – long sleeves, jeans and thick socks are ideal.

Sign up here


Coventry Foodbank

Date: Tuesday 31 July
Time: 09:40 - 15:30
Places available: 10

Coventry Foodbank needs your help to sort through the donations they receive so that they can go to people in crisis.

You will need to dress sensibly for moving potentially heavy items and to wear sturdy shoes (no open toe shoes)

Transport and lunch provided.

Sign up here

Bring Back Guys Cliffe

Date: Tuesday 28 August
Time: 10:10 - 15:30
Places available: 10

Bring Back Guy's Cliffe need you to help restore this Historical landmark back to its former glory.

Guy's Cliffe has a long and varied history. From its humble beginnings as a secluded place of worship in the 5th century... The legends of Sir Guy of Warwick which secured its place in folklore... The establishment of a chapel in the 15th century by will of King Henry V... The Tudor period ownership as a timber framed house!

Warwick Volunteers will be helping with general conservation work, helping to cut back overgrown bushes and trees. Full training will be given on the day.

Transport from campus provided.

Sign up here


Canley Pop Up Cafe

Date: Saturday 1 September
Time: 11:00 - 14:40
Places available: 10

Help run fun games and activities for Canley residents.

Canley Pop Up Cafes aim to initiate community interaction and raise awareness of cultural diversity and difference as being positive by creating spaces that encourage neighbours to meet, talk, share talents, histories and knowledge.

Sign up here

Kenilworth Arts Festival, 20-29 September

Kenilworth Arts Festival is a week-long gathering of writers, musicians and other creative artists. It is at once a series of unique events and collectively an extraordinary experience. For one week, the historic town of Kenilworth is transformed into a hive of creative exploration through a celebration of art, imagination, innovation and community.

The festival is organised entirely by volunteers. If you are passionate about the arts and about making a positive difference in the local community, they would love to hear from you. There are a range of ways to get involved, to suit your interests, skills and availability.

Learn more about the festival.

If you’re interested or would like to find out more, please get in touch using the form on their website.

This is an external opportunity.


The Twilight Walk, Sunday 30 September

The Twilight Walk, organised by the Brain Tumor Charity, is a 10K walk taking place on 30th September around the historic centre of Warwick, with the purpose of uniting the community, raising awareness and raising vital funds.

They are looking for volunteers to help the event run smoothly. There are many different ways that you can get involved in the event. The role that they need the highest number of volunteers for is their Route Steward role. This role is great for those interested in volunteering outdoors and volunteering with friends/family/classmates!

The Route Stewards cheer on, support and motivate the walkers throughout The Twilight Walk route and help the organisers to create an exciting, energetic and enjoyable walking experience. Working as a team with their Section Leaders (staff), volunteers ensure that walkers are safe and looked after throughout the walk.

To apply, and to see the other opportunities at this event please visit their website.

This is an external opportunity.

Twilight Walk

Regular Opportunities

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

This summer, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry are looking for volunteers to help with the following:

Summer Learning Activities Assistant role:

Volunteers with an interest in art and/or volunteering with families needed to support the Learning Team with the delivery of the summer holiday activities offering a different craft activity every day for families to join in.

Early Years Learning Assistant role:

Volunteers needed with an interest in working with families to support Museum Assistants at the
‘World of Play’ Early Years exhibition space, encouraging family visitors to use their imagination and get creative in this play space.

PLAY Exhibition Meet and Greet & Memory Collector role:

Friendly, approachable and proactive volunteers needed who feel comfortable helping independently or with another volunteer or staff member. At times the exhibition will be busy. Volunteers needed with an interest in social history, popular culture and/or previous experience with visitors or families in a gallery setting or similar environment.

Media Research Volunteer

The Herbert Media team are looking for a handful of volunteers for a short term role conducting surveys of visitors which should each take a few minutes to complete. This will be carried out at both museums and the immediate vicinities during opening hours (10–4 Monday–Saturday or 12-4 Sunday), They are flexible regarding time commitments – most volunteers do 2-4 hour sessions.

If you would like to get involved in any of these roles you find out more and sign up here 

This is an external opportunity.


Coventry Libraries Volunteers

The libraries in Coventry are looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to help welcome visitors and encourage them to use the many services available to them in the libraries.

Library Meet and Greet Volunteer role description

Library Service Volunteer role description

If you are interested in one of these roles and would like to be part of a dynamic local community, please fill in the application form and send it to:

This is an external opportunity.


LWS Night Shelter Volunteers

LWS Night Shelter is a not-for-profit organisation, set up to provide food and shelter for the homeless and vulnerably housed in Leamington Spa and the surrounding area.

They are looking for volunteers to help keep the shelter open. Volunteering is very flexible, and you can choose the role that suits you, whether it's helping with setting up, catering or staying overnight and provide companionship. You won't have to volunteer every week, but the Night Shelter relies on a safe number of volunteers to remain open.

To learn more about volunteering with the LWS Night Shelter and apply, visit their website:

Visit their Facebook page:

This is an external opportunity.


External Opportunities

Warwick Volunteers cannot be held responsible for external volunteering opportunities advertised, but we do make every effort to ensure that all the information we publish is accurate. We advise volunteers to use their own judgement when selecting potential opportunities, and to check all details concerning prospective volunteering activity with the organisation involved. Please make sure that you have received all necessary training and information regarding your own health and safety before commencing volunteering. Volunteers need to make their own way to external opportunities and check arrangements for travelling with the organisations directly. Warwick Volunteers do not pay travel expenses nor arrange transport for external opportunities.