Find out more about Volunteering and Mentoring

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The Volunteering and Mentoring team is here to answer any queries about Volunteering or our Mentoring schemes.

The best way to look for a volunteering opportunity is through our website – www.volunteering.chester.ac.uk. We have over 100 providers registering opportunities here, so whether you’re interested in conservation projects, working in a charity shop, coaching children, befriending elderly people, putting your social media skills to good use, or helping at one-off events, we’re sure you’ll find the right opportunity for you. We also support Student Led Projects and can offer training, advice and funding to help you get started!

Welly Wednesday Volunteers (L-R Joe Moodie; Margo Lamy; Debbie Chong; Laila Akhtar; Zoe Bredenkamp; Callum Chand; Rebecca Delauney; Charlotte Hunt; Sufyan Mukadam.

If you have any questions about volunteering, from finding an opportunity, using the website, logging hours, applying for awards or funding, we’re here to help!

Contact us by emailing volunteering@chester.ac.uk, calling 01244 511550 or popping into Info Point in Binks! Facebook: @UoCVolunteering Instagram: @uocvolunteering Twitter: @uocvolunteering

Joe Moodie, Welly Wednesday Project Leader, receiving certificate from Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Chris Haslam.

Peer Mentoring

The Volunteering and Mentoring team also offers new students the chance to get a Peer Mentor. Peer Mentors are second and third year students who are matched with one or two new students (mentees). The Peer Mentors share their experiences of University life and answer queries on a range of topics such as: accommodation, finances, housing and study. You can communicate by e-mail or meet up face to face, it’s really up to you!

Peer Mentors have received training from the team and are clued up on University services, they might not know the answers to all your queries but they should be able to signpost you to the most appropriate service. If you would like to be a Peer Mentor for the next academic year, we begin recruiting in February 2020.

Why should I sign up for a Peer Mentor?

If you’re not sure if you would like to be a mentee or not, why not just sign up for peace of mind? If you still aren’t sure, here are some quotes from previous mentees turned mentors which might help you decide:  

“I chose to become a Peer Mentor because I had one myself this year as I got into the University through clearing, so I thought that it would help me settle in which it did a lot. I felt a lot more comfortable having one myself that I feel like it would be rewarding to help someone else.”

“Being a Mentor, I feel that I can give my experience not only about my course but being a commuter and a disabled student, I can put people’s minds at ease and make them feel welcome to the University. I can show them around if they want a tour and I can introduce them to other people. A Peer Mentor helped me when I first joined, I was always emailing them asking questions and it really helped, I then became friends with them throughout my first year/their last year at Uni so I want to pay back that help to others in return.”

To get a peer mentor please search “peer mentor” on portal or email peermentoring@chester.ac.uk for more information.