Handy Helpers

Handy Helpers

Do you want to do good for your local community, develop your skills and make new friends, but you haven’t got the time to make a regular commitment?

Handy helpers is a unique initiative which enables you to take part in a wide range of one-off volunteering opportunities in the local community. You can pick and choose what activities you want to participate in based on your interests and availability.

From community gardening to decorating animal shelters and event logistics, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in various settings while actively contributing to the local community.

There’s no long-term commitment, just get involved in the activities that suit you. As an added feel good factor, you’ll get access to relevant training and a loyalty card that gives you even more rewards for changing the world around you!

Upcoming Events



Date: 29-31 March 2019

Deep RiverRock Queen's 5k

Date: 3 April 2019
Time: TBC

Trampoline Irish Open

Date: 4-7 April 2019
Time: TBC

Holylands Painting and Planting Workshop

Date: 8 May 2019
Time: 1pm-4pm

Mental Health Training Session

Date: 20 May 2019
Time: TBC

Safeguarding Children and Adults Training Session

Date: 23 May 2019
Time: TBC

University Boat Race

Date: 8 June 2019
Time: TBC





  • Ability to apply for Queen’s Degree Plus Award (Route A)
  • Ability to use your volunteering hours towards a Millennium Volunteers Award/Prestige Award
  • Handy Helpers ‘Loyalty Card’ bringing you exclusive Volunteer SU rewards when you participate in 3, 5 and 10 activities
  • Try out new activities and get a taste of volunteering in different organisations without committing long-term
  • Flexibility
  • Make new friends, gain new skills and have fun while actively supporting the local community
  • Access to relevant training, including First Aid, Community Relations, Equality & Diversity and Safeguarding


The programme is open to all registered Queen's University students, both Undergraduate and Postgraduate, including those on placement year. We welcome students from all backgrounds and with any access requirements.

No previous volunteering experience or long-term commitment is needed, just a willingness to get involved.

Register Now!

Registration is on-going throughout the academic year, so you are welcome to join anytime.

*If you want to achieve Degree Plus/Graduate Plus/Researcher Plus through Handy Helpers, it is advisable to register early to allow yourself enough time to complete the required number of volunteering activities.

Have more questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us on handyhelpers@qub.ac.uk

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Drop-In Session

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Mondays, 2-3pm 

Lucia Kearney
Volunteer SU Manager

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Vivienne Courtney
Volunteer Support Officer

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Students' Union

Margarita Petkova
Volunteer & Community Support Officer

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