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Remote Opportunities

Remote volunteering enables you to engage with a range of projects around the globe from the comfort of your own home.  For many activities, all you will need is internet access and some free time.

Please be cautious when choosing a remote volunteering opportunity. We only promote remote volunteering providers that we hope will provide you with a rewarding and enriching experience.

If you come across a remote opportunity you would like us to check on your behalf, please forward the details to volunteer@qub.ac.uk

Below you’ll find a selection of remote volunteering opportunities:


The Prince's Trust are looking for passionate, committed individuals from all backgrounds to support young people currently studying for the Google IT Support Certificate. As a Mentor, you will support young people aged between 18 and 30 online to unlock their potential and feel positive about the future. Acting as an experienced and trusted guide and mentor, you will offer knowledge, experience and support to young people as they develop the skills, confidence and motivation to succeed in an IT Support role.

For more information contact volunteer@qub.ac.uk


Tutor the Nation are looking for volunteers to provide one hour a week to tutor disadvantaged GCSE and A-Level students across the UK. This is a great way to make a change in someone's life and gain invaluable experience.  All volunteering takes place remotely.

Find out more here.


Endometriosis UK are looking for volunteers to lead their Belfast support group. This role is to provide a safe and supportive environment for people with endometriosis to meet with others who share and understand their situation. Tasks will include arranging meetings, recruiting members, participating in national awareness weeks and more! 

Find out more here.


Clanrye Group are looking for volunteers to remotely assist with workshops, activities and classes for their youth, disability and family services. This role is currently remote but will be in-person once restrictions ease, as a result you will need to live local to Portadown, Newry, Armagh or Downpatrick.

Find out more here.


The Mencap Strule Buzz Group are a self advocacy group comprising of 7 people with a learning disability campaigning to have the voices of people with a learning disability heard, and to raise awareness about learning disabilities in the local area. They are about to embark on an exciting project called Let's Get Digital, funded by Mencap. As a Digital Champion you would support the group members to improve their digital skills and promote digital skills development throughout the group. This role is remote at present, but will be Omagh based when restrictions end.

Find out more here.


Action for Children are currently seeking groups of people who would have an interest in setting up an Action Squad. Action Squads are an important part of Action for Children and their community fundraising, working to organise local fundraising events, spreading the word about what they do on social media, and volunteering at events! If you're enthusiastic, passionate and creative then Action for Children needs you! 

Find out more here.


Cancer Research are looking for people affected by cancer (patients, carers, loved ones) to join one of their Cancer Insight Panels.You will join a group of 15 people affected by cancer to share your views on areas like our fundraising campaigns, clinical trials and their work to influence Government and the NHS. They have two panels, each with their own focus. By working closely with you to make sure that the work they do represents and reflects the needs of all people affected by cancer.

Find out more here.


Are you living in Fermanagh and looking to volunteer remotely? Connect Fermanagh are looking for local volunteers to have a friendly chat with their service users. Full training is provided and volunteers will focus on befriending and signposting service-users if needed. Please note you need to be based in Fermanagh at present in order to do this role.

Find out more here.


Are you looking for an opportunity to tackle the climate crisis? Do you want experience putting campaigns into action? Would you like to help Belfast transition to a net-zero carbon future? Belfast Hills Partnership are looking for young people to take part in the Belfast Climate Commission’s Youth Working Group. No previous experience required just an interest in climate change and carbon reduction. This opportunity begins in March and will be online for at least 4 weeks, with the hope to meet in person after this time.

Find out more here.


Antrim Food Bank are looking for a home-based volunteer who is knowledgeable of social media, communications and websites. The role involves updating and maintaining the foodbank's social media account weekly, to review and update their website when required, to liaise with local press, and to help communicate with external organisations. 

Find out more here.


Multiple remote opportunities are available with Deafblind NI. Dual sensory loss can be isolating and lonely, especially at the moment. Wellbeing callers, video, BSL, and telephone social group volunteers have the opportunity to connect members, facilitate vital communication, and provide a friendly voice over the phone.

Find out more here


UKFCP (UK Federation of Chinese Professionals) is a national community organisation for local Chinese professional members in all disciplines who make a difference globally.  They are currently recruiting for a range of remote volunteering roles including social media deputy team leader, community outreach representative, operations assistant and HR deputy team leader. 

Find out more here


Concern are committed to promoting social justice globally. They are looking for volunteers interested in politics, current affairs, and international development to adjudicate their online debate series for young people. Virtual debate adjudicators use their skills and knowledge to empower young people and encourage the next generation of social justice advocates to engage with complex social issues.

Find out more here.


 

Fighting Words are looking for volunteers to help deliver their creative writing workshops for children online! If you have an interest in supporting children and young people, enjoy being in a creative environment, and are a good listener, this is the opportunity for you! This is a flexible opportunity and a great way to gain experience volunteering with children. You don't need any previous experience as all training is provided, and all subject backgrounds are welcome!

Find out more here.


RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf People) are looking for volunteers to provide hearing aid information and signposting to NHS hearing aid users by telephone. They ask that you have good interpersonal skills, have a friendly and approachable manner, as well as strong listening skills with the ability to offer advice and signpost service users. Guidance notes and training will be provided.

Find out more here


Praxis Care are looking for volunteers to support young people leaving the care system. Volunteers would befriend individuals to lend a listening ear, build confidence, reduce social isolation and raise self-esteem. Whilst this is remote telephone befriending during the current Covid-19 situation, there is the potential for face-to-face opportunities in the future. Please note that this is a long-term role based across the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, so interested volunteers need to be based in or near to the NHSCT area.

Find out more here


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through online volunteering worldwide. Online volunteering allows organisations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges and is fast, easy and most of all, effective.

There are many ways to get involved with online volunteering through UNV and you can take part in activities ranging from administration, project management, technology development, research and more.

Find out more here.


The Rosey International Foundation is a non-governmental social initiative, based in Nigeria, whose mission is to help young people develop their skills through academic and career mentoring, equipping them with the tools to create a successful future. The Foundation is currently seeking volunteers to assist with rebuilding their website and to help the organisation to sustain an online presence.

Find out more here


SolidariTee is the largest entirely student-run charity supporting the international assistance of refugees and asylum seekers. With more than 450 volunteers from over 40 Universities across the globe, SolidariTee are committed to making sustainable change in the refugee crisis. They currently have a range of vitual volunteering opportunities available, through which volunteers can help raise awareness on the refugee crisis.

Find out more here


Shout are a 24/7 text-based crisis service looking for empathetic and resilient volunteers to help people in distress. If you have 2-4 hours a week that you could dedicate to the helpline, they need you now more than ever. Full training is provided, and qualified supervisors are there to support you with any concerns.

Find out more here


Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for volunteers around the world to use their computers or phones to help researchers at Amnesty International sift through pictures, information and documents relating to a wide range of humanitarian causes.

Through previous decoding projects, volunteers from around the world have gathered evidence of systematic attacks on civilians in Darfur, helped to make oil companies accountable for devastating oil pollution in Nigeria and exposed the online abuse faced by female politicians in India.

Find out more here.

 


Technology gives us the power to access information, to exercise consumer choice, to plan independent travel, to enjoy global entertainment in the palm of our hands and to share our experiences. RNIB are seeking volunteers to unleash the power of technology for blind and partially sighted people by helping service users with device set up, troubleshooting and one-to-one tech support. 

 

Find out more here


Verbal are currently seeking volunteers to join them in becoming an army of readers. Using a bespoke online platform, volunteers will read aloud to young people aged 8-12 on a smartphone or tablet. The programmeorganised in partnership with the Nothern Ireland Housing Executive, is designed to build positive mental health and wellbeing during these challenging times. Full training will be given and can be accessed remotely for those who are self-isolating. 

Find out more here


Cruse Bereavement Care provides support, advice and information to people across the UK who have lost a loved one. The National Helpline is a key part of Cruse’s services and is often the first point of contact for those desperately seeking support at a very difficult time. As a volunteer, you can offer your support by both telephone and email. You don’t have to be a trained counsellor to volunteer for the helpline, Cruse offers full training and home-based shifts are available, meaning that you can volunteer from wherever you are.   

Find out more here.


 

If you're going stir crazy at home, why not go travelling via your laptop!  See Around Britain carry out online research on various tourist attractions and other destinations Britain, Ireland and Europe. information is uploaded to their website which is designed for everybody, including disabled people, to help decide if a venue will be suitable for visits. They are currently looking for volunteers to get involved with online research and updating their social media channels. 

Find out more here and here


Advice NI’s mission is to provide accessible advice services across NI. They deliver a range of advice services directly to the public on topics including debt and money, tax and benefits, EU Settlement Scheme, etc. They are currently seeking home-based helpline coordinators to provide information and support through their Covid-19 Community Helpline. Training provided.

Find out more here


Those living with dementia can often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands busy. The Mid Ulster Volunteer Centre are calling all keen crafters to help create some “twiddle muffs”. These are knitted or crocheted wrist bands with items attached which patients can twiddle in their hands to help ease anxiety. Twiddle muffs are a great source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation, keeping restless hands snug, warm and occupied! 

Find out more here


Advice Space, previously Citizens Advice, have been helping people in need in Northern Ireland to exercise their rights and obtain fair treatment under the law for over 50 years. They provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to help citizens fight their own corner. Advice Space are currently seeking a social media volunteer to help promote their services through Facebook and Twitter, with expansion into Instagram and YouTube. 

Find out more here


Age NI believe in a world where everyone can love later life. Every year they help thousands of older people, providing companionship, support and advice to those who need it most. Age NI is now offering a check-in-and-chat service for the over 60s in Northern Ireland who may feel isolated or lonely at this difficult time. 

 

Find out more here


For those living with sight loss, the world can be a difficult place to navigate. Be my eyes’ goal is to make the world more accessible to people who are blind or have a low level of vision. Every day, sighted volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.

Sighted volunteers install the Be My Eyes app and can then receive video calls from blind or low vision users who may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colours, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings. If volunteers are busy, they can simply divert the call to another volunteer!

Find out more here.


Each year, disasters around the world affect or displace around 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally missing from any map and consequently first responders often lack the information needed to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts.

Missing Maps is an open collaborative project to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Remote volunteers trace satellite imagery into an online mapping tool then community volunteers add further details such as neighbourhoods and street names. If you’ve never mapped before, it doesn’t take long to learn and Missing Maps have all the tools you need to get started.

Find out more here.


Post pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers and their mission is to ‘post a smile on a sick child’s face’ by sending cards, letters emails and little gifts to seriously ill children and their siblings in the UK.

Anyone can get involved, volunteers range from toddlers drawing pictures right up to a 106 year old who knitted some finger puppets for sick children! Postpals require no commitment and the only cost is a stamp and 5 minutes of your time.

Find out more here.


LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters from books in the public domain, i.e no longer under copyright. All recordings are then donated back to the public domain, so that they can be freely enjoyed as audiobooks.

LibriVox record books in all languages, volunteers do not need prior experience and do not need to audition or send samples before volunteering. All you need to get started is your voice, a PC/Laptop and some free software! Volunteers can read a single chapter, a whole book, poetry or even contribute as “prooflisteners”.

Find out more here.


Volunteers can help Project Gutenberg by proofreading new eBooks through their Distributed Proofreaders team. By proofreading one page at a time, you can help to rescue public domain/out of copy books, converting them to “electronic texts” that can be enjoyed by readers digitally for years to come. Volunteers can also “smooth read” full books before they are finally made available to everyone via Project Gutenberg.

Find out more here.


7 Cups provides free, 24/7 emotional support to millions via online chat, ensuring that no one must face their problems alone. Having someone to listen can be all it takes to make a real difference in someone’s life.

They provide free online training and support for volunteers; all you need to get started as a listener is an internet connection.

Find out more here


Causeway Volunteer Centre are looking for letter writers for people living in residential care homes. Many residents are older people or have mental health issues or learning difficulties, and receiving a letter or card, poem or a picture from you would make a real difference to them.  Letters can be handwritten or typed and posted and carers will pass them on to residents.

Find out more here


Becoming a Clanmil Volunteer Mentor for home-schooling parents is a rewarding role which offers invaluable support to the tenants of Clanmil, especially as they may be teaching their children for the first time. A suitable Volunteer Mentor will have excellent communication skills, confidence and a non-judgemental, empathetic attitude. Potential volunteers should have parenting, social work and/or teaching experience or have been previously involved in a similar role.

Find out more here


St Vincent de Paul charity shop on the Ormeau road is seeking a creative and digitally savvy individual to help them maintain their social media presence. This role offers the opportunity to gain experience of working on social media marketing, to be creative and innovative in collaboration with other volunteers and staff within SVP. This role will be flexible, allowing you to fit volunteering around your other commitments!

Find out more here


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