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Get Involved! with the Students' Union

We support over almost two thousand students who volunteer for us, run sports clubs & societies, act as Student Reps, help new students get to know Brighton and the University and plenty of other roles.

More than 40 students are elected to lead the Students' Union each year and most do this as volunteers alongside their studies.

Buddy Scheme volunteers help new students settle in at Sussex.

The Students' Union Ambassadors are friendly faces that help make Freshers Week extra welcoming as well as helping run Elections Week, One World Week plus other Students' Union events.

Community Organisers reach out into the community to learn about issues facing local residents.

Campaign volunteers are part of our teams working on Union campaigns.

Language Café volunteers assist with the running and facilitation of the Language Café.

Hundreds of students run sports clubs, societies and student media. You could be elected onto their committee or set up a new group!

The Role Models Project is a peer-led mentoring project between the Students’ Union and local schools. Run as an Elective Module in the School of Education and Social Work and as a volunteering opportunity. 

Volunteer in Brighton & Hove

There are lots of volunteering opportunities across Brighton & Hove.

The following organisations provide information about volunteering opportunities, local charities and tips to make the most of volunteering.

Community Works' Volunteer Centre »

Community Base »

If you're considering volunteering, remember to check you are allowed to under the terms of your visa or entry clearance conditions. 

If your visa does not permit you to volunteer, this may have implications for your future ability to work, study or remain in the UK. If you require further advice or information, contact UK Visas and Immigration or visit www.gov.uk.

Get Involved! events and training

What is Get Involved?

'Get Involved' is a volunteer recognition scheme that aims to recognise the hundreds of students who give up their time to get involved with projects and initiatives run by the Students’ Union, such as being a Student Rep, running a sports club, or being a Buddy Scheme volunteer, among many other opportunities.

‘Get involved’ is about you making things happen. It’s about students creating opportunities for other students. It’s about empowering people to be part of the Students’ Union, to lead from within. And it’s about the Students’ Union saying thank you to all of you that make us what we are.

Watch the Get Involved Volunteering video

Why Get Involved?

The students who volunteer their time are essential to the Students’ Union and we simply wouldn’t function without the support we receive from you. We want you to feel valued and respected so it is important to us that that you are involved in decision making, and that your achievements are recognised. Not only is volunteering good for you but it’s good for the University community, for sharing ideas and skills and enthusiasm with others. It’s about making stuff happen that might never happen if people weren’t giving their time. The Students’ Union wouldn’t be the same without all of you who make it so special so this is all about saying a big Thank You…

Benefits of Get Involved scheme?

Here are some of the ways the Students’ Union rewards and recognises you for volunteering your time:

  • Volunteer social events: Christmas Party and Afternoon Tea.
  • Certificates of Achievement (available on request)
  • References for other volunteer or employment roles
  • The chance to win a Get Involved Individual Contribution Award at our annual Student Awards ceremony
  • Raising the profile of volunteering across campus, e.g. photos of volunteers and articles about projects
  • Celebrating volunteer achievements through the Union newsletter and Social Media
  • Entry to a monthly prize draw
  • Extra skills training to help with your personal development
  • The opportunity to become a Students’ Union Ambassador (although not now necessary to already have been a volunteer).

Volunteering policies and other information