Volunteer FAQs

How to set up my Volunteer Profile

In order to apply for opportunities, log hours and skills, and generate a skills record each you will first need to create a Volunteer Profile. This captures information about you, including your interests and contact details, so that when you apply for an opportunity the organisations know who you are.

How to apply for opportunities

Once you have registered and set up your profile, you can then go to Browse Opportunities to search for all available opportunities.  These can be filtered according to location, date, interests, skills and on-campus or community providers.

If you find an opportunity you are interested in, then you just click the ‘apply’ button. This will then send a notification to the Opportunity Provider, who will then contact you to discuss the volunteering role in further detail

How will I be contacted?

When you apply for an opportunity, your name, email address and telephone number will be shared with the Opportunity Provider so that they can make contact. You will then receive a notification to let you know if you have been selected for the role.

Logging your volunteer hours

Once you have taken up a volunteering role, you will be able to log the number of hours you have volunteered.  We recommend that you do this on a regular basis (e.g. once a week) so that you don’t forget.  Click here for the step-by-step guide on how to log your hours.

What is a Skills Record?

Your skills record allows you to make a note of the skills you are developing through each volunteering role, which you can then download and use to help you update your CV or to write applications.

What is an ‘Opportunity Provider’?

An Opportunity Provider is the organisation who is offering a volunteering opportunity.  On Christ Church Volunteering, we advertise both on-campus and off-campus volunteering opportunities.

On-campus Opportunity Providers include the Students’ Union, Christ Church Sport, CCCU Library, Peer Mentoring and other internal university departments.

Off-campus Opportunity Providers include a number of local and national charities, not-for-profit and public sector organisations.  These organisations all need to provide evidence of insurance cover and health & safety policies before we approve them, so that we can be sure Volunteers will be looked after

Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns in relation to your volunteering, you should in the first instance contact the named contact at the organisation for whom you are volunteering.

If you are not sure who this is, or if you have any other questions, then you can email volunteer@canterbury.ac.uk