Volunteering is a great way to develop skills and experience that will support you in your role and personal life. There are many colleagues who volunteer and work with charities and make a huge difference through their work and support. We value that activity and want to support and recognise this by providing time and information to support your volunteering activity.

Liv to Give

The University of Liverpool has developed the Staff Volunteering Framework, Liv to Give, which allows every member of staff three paid days per academic year available to volunteer. Liv to Give provides staff with links to local charities looking for volunteers, as well as advice on getting started volunteering, how to run a fundraising event and what they can do now. Volunteering days can be used for activities related to sustainability through charity work, fundraising etc. There are also some inspirational case studies from staff across the organisation including; volunteers, fundraisers and team challenges. Have a look at the Liv to Give webpages for lots of ideas and opportunities.

Hedgehog friendly campus scheme

The Hedgehog friendly campus scheme is a national initiative across several universities to raise awareness for the plight of hedgehogs and formulate practical steps to improve their habitats across a variety of campuses. Visit the webpages for tips on how you can get involved with the work taking place on campus and check out the collection of great activities.

Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability

Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability is a Sustainability Fund awarded project primarily based around initiatives to grow food at the University. Around campus you may have seen some of their biodiversity planters. These ‘Bioscope NatureArks’ and wild pod planters, containing wet and dry habitats provide support for wildlife including bees and hedgehogs.  Staff and students can join the Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability project team and the Guild of Students as a volunteer for weekly gardening sessions around the Central Teach Hub, and their brand-new food growing space next to the Oliver Lodge Building. It is a great opportunity to get involved and experience planting, harvesting and general maintenance of the campus gardens and reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

Sustainability advocates

The Sustainability Advocates Network helps to promote and encourage improvements in sustainability within the University and to support the Sustainability Team with the delivery of the University’s sustainability policies. The purpose of the role of sustainability advocates is to help encourage other students and staff members to make individual changes and implement the decisions made by the sustainability working groups for the University as a whole. We want our advocates to be aware of trends and help create greater awareness of sustainability issues and climate change. Contact us at sustainability@liverpool.ac.uk to get involved. 

Write for our blog

Contribute to our blog, Sustainable Liverpool, with the latest news, research and events around sustainability on campus, as well as articles on anything from climate action, innovation and gender equality, to tips on wellbeing and sustainable living. The blog is written by staff and students and we are always looking for contributors. So if you’re interested in sustainability, considering journalism or communications as a future career, or would like to share your research please complete this form or email: sustainability@liverpool.ac.uk for more details. 

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