This article will explain how the University of Portsmouth’s employability service, Purple Door, can help you find a volunteering role, and give an overview of what types of roles are available.

Purple Door’s Volunteering Team promote up to 200 different volunteering opportunities with charities and not-for-profit organisations in the local area. These roles usually require a regular commitment (the average is four hours per week for a period of three months), to allow you to gain substantial amount of work experience to add to your CV, develop your skills and assist your career planning. Certain roles are suitable for short-term course placements, please come and speak to a member of the team for further details.

What volunteering roles are available?

To make sure there is something for everyone Purple Door have a wide range of roles on offer. To assist you with your search all the opportunities are broken down into 12 sectors:

  • Adult Social Care
  • Business Support
  • Charity Development and Public Speaking
  • Children and Young People
  • Creative Arts
  • Criminology
  • Customer Service
  • Historical
  • Marketing
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Technological

There are also four large-scale projects that are advertised at key times of the year, they are:

  • Code Club - teaching children aged nine - 11 coding skills
  • The Reading Scheme - offering one-to-one reading tuition to pupils in local primary schools
  • STEMNET - inspiring young people to pursue STEM careers
  • Hampshire Constabulary’s StudentWatch - helping make students safer and improving community relations

You can access these opportunities by either popping in to Purple Door or logging into MyPurpleDoor to access the Volunteering Bank.

You can also visit the Students' Union to find out more about one-off volunteering with Raising and Giving (RAG) and Volunteering In Portsmouth (VIP) programmes or Sport and Recreation to get involved in sport related volunteering via UP For Sport.

How do I register my volunteering for Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)?

All eligible student’s volunteering which is sourced through Purple Door will be automatically included on their HEAR. Other extracurricular voluntary experience can be reported to the Volunteering Team using the Register My Volunteering button on the Purple Door homepage. Here you can find more information on the HEAR and submit a form with details on your volunteering efforts.

How to Contact us

Visit us at:

Purple Door

University of Portsmouth

28 Guildhall Walk

Portsmouth

PO1 2DD

Opening hours:

Monday–Thursday: 8.30am–5.15pm

Friday: 8.30am–4.15pm

Telephone or Email:

t: +44 (0)23 9284 2684

e: purpledoor@port.ac.uk

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