2022/23 Students' Union Volunteering Team

About us

Students' Union Volunteering Team: Ayr, Lanarkshire, Paisley

Ongoing opportunity

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What is the role?

Who are They?

What could I gain?

Where can I volunteer?

When can I volunteer?

Any requirements?


Role Description

The aim of our Students’ Union Volunteering Team is to make students feel welcomed and settled into their life at university, make friends, and find out about the opportunities and support available to them.


  • Volunteering activities will primarily be in person at our Ayr, Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses
  • There may also be a small number of online events
  • We’re looking for students from all backgrounds to represent your Union
  • Having our friendly, welcoming Volunteer Team has never been more important. As part of the team, you will have the chance to make a genuine, positive impact on the lives of other students


Your role will focus on supporting the delivery of our September Freshers’ events. There will also be opportunities to continue volunteering throughout the academic year. You will be able to decide what roles you do, and for how long. Responsibilities may include:


Freshers’ Fairs

  • Assisting with the preparation and set up of Freshers’ fairs
  • Being a welcoming and friendly face for new and returning students
  • Assisting with the delivery of freshers’ fairs
  • Guiding students around campus
  • Supporting our Communications Team with capturing photos and videos of the fairs
  • Carrying out general duties as required
  • Having fun!


Welcome Events

  • Supporting the delivery of student society welcome and social events
  • Planning and delivery of liberation and peer support society welcome events
  • Supporting and promoting our volunteering events
  • Helping students find out what other activities are available and how they can get involved


Social Walks

  • Leading walks near our campuses
  • Helping and encouraging new and returning students to get to know each other and explore the local area


Details of all our events and activities can be found here: https://www.uwsunion.org.uk/whatson/


Training will be provided for all roles and responsibilities.


About this organisation

Our Mission

To be the voice for students at UWS, effecting change and maximising student experience by creating a sense of belonging and offering opportunities to improve students’ lives.


Our Aims

Building a Powerful Voice for Students

  • We will work together with students to ensure our voices are a vehicle for positive change within UWS and their local, national and global communities.

Supporting students to achieve their goals and aspirations

  • We will work tirelessly with UWS to ensure you are given every opportunity to build your knowledge, skills and confidence to shape your future.

Building a sense of belonging and community

  • We are proud to be part of a university that is committed to welcoming students from all backgrounds, particularly those who face significant barriers. We want every student to find a place in a strong community that supports them to make a difference and find activities that interest them.


What could you gain?

The benefits of being part of the team are:

  • The chance to meet new people and make friends
  • Having fun
  • Getting involved with your Students’ Union
  • The opportunity to support your fellow students


Skills and experience you could gain include:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Experience working in events
  • Leadership
  • Confidence


Extra benefits include:



Our Ayr, Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses. (You can decide if you only want to volunteer at one campus, or would like to join us for events across multiple campuses)


When can I volunteer?

Monday 5th - Friday 16th September 2022

  • You will be expected to volunteer for a minimum of 5 hours during this period

There will also be opportunities to continue volunteering throughout the academic year

  • You will be able to choose if you would like to continue in your volunteering role, and how much you would like to do


Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday X X X
Tuesday X X X
Wednesday X X X
Thursday X X X
Friday X X X


Skills/Experience Required

There are no specific skills or experienced required but you should be:

  • Friendly
  • Welcoming
  • Approachable
  • Understanding of students’ needs and challenges
  • Passionate about supporting the development of student communities
  • Enthusiastic when speaking to new people about our activities and opportunities
  • Eager to work as part of a team


Requirements for starting the role

To be part of the team you need to be:

  • a current UWS student
  • able to attend events at our Ayr, Lanarkshire or Paisley campus
  • able to attend an in person induction on either 22nd, 23rd or 26th August
  • able to volunteer for a minimum of 5 hours between 5th - 16th September


This role is not currently suitable to students based at our London campus. However, we hope to establish volunteering opportunities for London students later in the academic year.


Click Here to volunteer! Registration closes on 07/08/2022

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