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Volunteering is an enjoyable way for you to make a difference, provides a fantastic opportunity for you to develop key skills for your future career and to check out possible career paths. On top of that it’s a great way to make new friends, to do something different from your studies and to get a different perspective of life.

We offer you the opportunity to volunteer in a wide variety of locally based organisations and community projects as well as for the Students' Union.

There are lots of options to choose from and we will help you find the volunteering placement that is right for you so contact us for more information.


Information for University departments

VolunteersStudents' Union Community Volunteering is part funded by Sussex Plus, and we're very keen to work with University departments to develop volunteering opportunities that benefit the local community and provide students with skills relevant to their degree course and future career. We have worked with the Sussex Language Institute to provide volunteering opportunities for students visiting from Hong Kong, and also work with the International Summer School on a yearly basis.
The most recent project was with Widening Participation, providing volunteers with experiences in primary and secondary schools. 

You can read more about what we can do below. If you're interested, just get in touch with us and we will discuss your department's specific needs and how we can help. We aim to provide a professional, friendly and useful service so please don't hesitate to contact us. You can also become a fan of Students' Union Community Volunteering on facebook.

Matching and advice service

We can provide advice on a vast range of local volunteering opportunities. Simply guide students to our student webpages and we will do the rest! However, we're also open to staf who would like to volunteer in the local community.


We can provide short and informative talks to your students about the benefits that volunteering can bring. This includes dispelling some common myths that are held about volunteering and bringing into focus the need for work-relevant skills development. The International and Study Abroad Office invites Community Volunteering every year to chat to students about volunteering in Brighton, Hove and Lewes. If you think some of your student would benefit from this as well, just get in touch.

Project Development

We can work closely with departments to develop new projects that enable students to develop specific skills and experiences. This can involve linking up with a community organisation to develop a project that brings benefit to both community and the students.

Find out more about us

You can find out more about us, the services we offer and what we've achieved in the past in our 'About us' section. We also have a number of student case studies where you can hear about students experiences of volunteering in their own words.

And there are also our last Annual Reviews:





Outreach days

This is a new service that Community Volunteering offers. Each academic term we will keep 2 days free to visit community organisations as well as University departments, or for community organisations/ University departments to visit us.

Dates TBC

The purpose of the outreach days is to build and renew strong relationships with organisations and University departments and Community Volunteering.

If you'd like us to come and visit your organisation or University department and chat about what we can do for you, then please send an e-mail to



Students' Union Community Volunteering creats University Deparment Leaflets to show how students of the different courses can get involved in volunteering. Please refer students and other work colleagues to those leaflets to promote volunteering.


Art History

Biology and Environmental Science

Centre for Community Engagement



International Relations


Media & Film




School of English

School of Informatics