If you have a cause you are passionate about then volunteering is a great way to gain some experience, make a difference and network with others. You can always organise your own volunteering experiences but it is worth registering as a volunteer with the Liverpool Guild of Students to see what opportunities are available locally and within the University.
Student volunteering within the Green Guild is extremely popular with applications for activities including the growing your own food and maintaining the Roof Garden and aquaponics food growing system, Green Fingers, Gleaning, Ecobricks, Clothes Swap Shop, Curriculum Auditors, Green Impact Auditors, Student Switch Off Ambassadors, Sustainability Champions, Guild Schools, Litter Pickers for Hedgehog Friendly Campus and of course the ever-popular beekeeping.
- The Guild offers ‘Give it a go’ sessions for beekeeping and gardening if you are interested in trying it out.
- Be sure to check out the Green Guild’s Green Projects for information on projects such as the Green Guild Flag where societies can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and compete with each other to be awarded the coveted Green Guild Flag.
- Volunteer for the Green Schools initiative and inspire school-age and sixth form students to live sustainably. You can also volunteer as a Green Impact Auditor and help take on Green Impact Students Unions - an environmental accreditation programme that helps us to be as green as possible. The Green Guild has 'Excellent' status which they have held since 2010!
- There's also the Education for Sustainable Development UN SDG Curriculum Mapping project where you can volunteer to identify links between existing modules and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Project volunteers look to identify areas of best practice and opportunities for further development of the SDG's in their curriculum.
- Student Switch Off is a sustainability campaign and competition running at the University of Liverpool, as part of the Halls Sustainability Programme. The campaign supports and encourages students to take actions to increase their positive environmental impact, from saving energy and recycling, to reducing plastic-use and lobbying for bigger changes. At the end of the year, the hall that shows the best engagement and effort in driving the campaign will become the overall Student Switch Off champions, winning Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!
- Green Guild work in collaboration with the Halls Team and SOS-UK to offer Halls students a range of fantastic events, volunteering and learning opportunities all revolved around sustainbility and are offering the opportunity to take a leading role in sustainability in your Halls of Residence. Whether you are already an activist taking action on the climate crisis or you are new to the issue and would like to learn something new, this opportunity is open to anybody living in University Halls of Residence. As a Flat Sustainability Champion (FSC) you will encourage flatmates to improve energy saving, recycling and other behaviour changes. It will also involve learning more about other issues covering the UN Sustainable Development Goals and taking part in competitions. The Flat Sustainability Champion role is running as part of the national Student Switch Off campaign. Keep up to date by liking the Facebook page.
- You can become an online researcher with Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. They’re looking for students to contribute to real academic research, on your own computer and in your own time. With a wide-ranging and ever-expanding suite of projects, covering many disciplines and topics across the sciences and humanities, there’s a place for anyone and everyone.
- Volunteer mentor with local schools through ReachOut, the mentoring charity that works with disadvantaged young people aged 9-16 to help support them to grow in character and attainment. They are looking for students to volunteer as mentors in local schools, where you will work one-on-one with mentees each week in an after-school session.
- Become a mental health social media and campaign volunteer through the Be Free Campaign, which aims to demolish the stigma behind mental health and promote the free expression of individual values. They work with schools, hospitals, and community centres delivering talks and workshops on mental health and wellbeing. They are looking for volunteers to help with events, social media, and campaigns.
- You can become a virtual conservation volunteer with Instant Wild, which enables you to take part in vital conservation work, bringing you live images and videos from amazing locations all around the world. By identifying the images of animals taken by motion triggered cameras, you will be contributing to conservation and making a positive impact on the future for wildlife. Download the app or log in & begin tagging the species in the images, it’s as simple as that!
- 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.
- COMING SOON! 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 email@example.com to get involved.
- COMING SOON! Every year, students are invited to enter the exciting Sustainability Challenge competition to identify new ways in which the University of Liverpool could be more sustainable and maximise our positive social and environmental impact. We’re always looking for the most interesting and innovative suggestions and entries should be linked to at least one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals that have been adopted by all United Nations Member States. The judging panel decides on the top six entries and invites the shortlisted students to have the chance of winning some great prizes worth up to £500, so watch this space! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Contribute to our magazine Green Scene, 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 email: email@example.com for more details.
- Student Societies - There are so many societies that you could join at the University, so take a look at the Societies’ Page to see all that is on offer.
- Student Campaigns - If there is something you are passionate about changing at university consider running a campaign through the Liverpool Guild of Students. Students in the past have worked on the Call It Out campaign and have encouraged the University to divest from fossil fuels by July 2020 with Fossil Free. Take a look at the Campaign Pages to see how to get started and how you can make a change.
- This year the Guild is also setting up networks for women, disabled, BAME, LGBTQ+, postgraduate, international and mature students. From campaigns and policies to events and socials, the student networks will be run by the students they represent and will receive funding, training and support. You can find information here or by contacting Guild Officer Hannah Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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