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Voluntary Work – Student Zone

A fantastic way of improving your English is to get involved in local projects, as this allows you to meet native speakers, learn about British culture and put into practice what you learn in your classes!

Here are some of the volunteering opportunities in Southampton. Ask at the Academic Office if you would like any more information.

Southampton Voluntary Services

A wide range of volunteering opportunities. You can sign up and select an area of your choice, eg administration, arts, gardening, IT or befriending.

CLEAR Project

A Southampton-based organisation seeking to improve the quality of life for refugees and asylum seekers. Volunteering duties include administration, tutors and food/kitchen volunteers.

Age UK

An organisation providing companionship, advice and support to older people in the community. Volunteering duties include helping elderly people in their home with day-to-day tasks, befriending clients, keeping them company etc.

The Art House

A vegan-friendly cafe in the centre of Southampton that is primarily run by volunteers. Volunteering duties include washing up, cooking, serving customers, working at the till and clearing tables.

Rice Up Wholefoods

An independent wholefood co-operative grocery store in the centre of Southampton that employs mostly volunteers. Volunteering duties include stocking shelves, preparing food, serving customers and maintaining the premises.

Royal Voluntary Service

A volunteer befriending service in Southampton with duties including visiting older people in their homes and taking them out on a weekly basis.

Charity Shops

The following charity shops sell clothes, books, music, furniture, and electrical equipment. Volunteering duties include organising the store front, stocking shelves, cleaning and maintaining equipment and serving customers.
Cancer Research UK
British Heart Foundation

Southampton Arts and Heritage

Southampton SeaCity Museum and Tudor House offer volunteer opportunities such as a working guide, event volunteer, tour assistant or learning assistants etc.

The Society of St. James

A Southampton charity seeking to help homeless and vulnerable people.  Volunteering duties include fundraising, meeting & greeting, being the first point of contact on phone calls, repairing bicycles and IT equipment…


It is important to read the following information before you apply for any voluntary work:
•    All volunteers must be over 18 and be staying in the UK for at least 3 months.
•    Some organisations involving vulnerable citizens (eg the elderly, homeless and refugees) require a DBS check (criminal records check), and a good level of English to hold potentially difficult conversations (eg with people with sensitive backgrounds or those who are hard of hearing).
•    Some organisations may require a valid work permit for non-EU/EEA students, so please check your visa or entry clearance conditions as your visa status could be jeopardised if you volunteer without permission.
•    For more information click here

Ask at the Academic Office if you have any questions.

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