Voluntary Work Experience

Purple Door’s Volunteering Team actively works with 140 local and national charities and non-for-profit organisations. We are here to help with your volunteering search and applications, whether you are looking for experience that links to your course, career aspirations or addressing skills gaps in your CV.

To understand the benefits of volunteering and see what a previous student has said about their experience, please visit Jobs & Work Experience.

You can use our service in two ways:

Volunteering Bank

Located in Purple Door, the Volunteering Bank is designed as an easy way for you to find out about a variety of voluntary opportunities.

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Our volunteering files house roles across a range of sectors, such as Administration, Advocacy & ‌Befriending, Web Design & IT Support, Journalism & Digital Media, Social Work & Support as well as Working with Children & Young People.

The list of roles on offer changes regularly so keep checking back. Don’t forget it is important to think about the types of skills you want to develop.

Take the time to browse all the opportunities we have on offer to determine what roles are most of interest to you!

Check out what one of our students had to say about his experiences volunteering


My Purple Door

Our online jobs board is accessible to students and graduates for up to five years after graduating! To access our opportunities visit My Purple Door then click on the ‘Volunteering Bank’ tab to search through our roles. All you need to be able to log in to My Purple Door are your University email address and password! We have broken these down into 12 sectors (which match the paper-based Volunteering Bank in Purple Door) to help you identify what opportunities may be of interest.

This is also where you can find out information on the large-scale projects the Volunteering Team coordinate, including the Reading Scheme, Hampshire Constabulary’s Student Watch, STEMNET and Code Club. These projects all have limited spaces and are very popular – so register your interest online to be the first to find-out when places come available.

Once you have applied to a voluntary position our Virtual Volunteering Bank also allows you to track your applications, so you are notified whenever there is an update.

Volunteering Fair

We also host an annual Volunteering Fair in October. You have the opportunity to talk to over 40 local charities about their volunteering opportunities and how you can get involved. Make sure you keep up to date on this event via My Purple Door so you don’t miss out!

Volunteering Awards

Each Spring the Volunteering Team at Purple Door hosts their annual Celebrating Volunteering Awards Ceremony.

This black-tie event aims to thank students for the time and energy they dedicate to a wide range of voluntary projects in and around the city of Portsmouth, as well as thanking the charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations who welcome and support our student volunteers.

These partnerships are incredibly important to the university, allowing students the chance to enhance their employability skills in readiness for their future careers. 

Students undertake voluntary roles not only because they know graduate employers value the skills and experience gained by these activities, but also because they want to give back to the city they have chosen to study in.

The event offers organisations the chance to recognise this effort with three nomination categories; Best Newcomer, Commitment to Volunteering and Outstanding Achievement and Contribution.

In turn we give students the opportunity to thank an organisation that has gone above and beyond in supporting, training and developing them, by nominating them for the Volunteer Charity of the Year award. Nominations for all categories open each January.  

If you want to see for yourself what our students do and how they feel they benefited from volunteering then please take a look at the following montage of our class of 2016 volunteers for inspiration!

If you have any queries about the Celebrating Volunteering Awards please contact the Volunteering Team on purpledoor-volunteering@port.ac.uk

Other Opportunities

UPSU - Your Students’ Union offers you lots of different ways to get involved in volunteering. These activities tend to organised by students for students. You can be part of RAG (Raising and Giving) and VIP (Volunteering in Portsmouth). There will also be a lot of opportunities to get involved in one off events, such as Beach Cleans and Donation Days. Find out more at:www.upsu.net/activities/volunteering 

Volunteering UPSU

University of Portsmouth Sports Volunteers Hub - Coaches and volunteers work across our Sports Development programmes, delivering activities to both the University community and young people in local schools, colleges and sports clubs. Come and join our team!

  • Bursaries available
  • Coaching qualifications - develop your knowledge and skills
  • Coaching placements - schools, colleges and community sports clubs
  • Gain officiating qualifications and join our Referee Hub
  • Organise, manage and promote sports activity and participation

If you would like to receive information and opportunities please ‘Register Your Details' with our Sports Volunteering Hub at http://sportsvolunteers.port.ac.uk. If you have any queries, please contact us


External Sites

If you also want to source volunteering independently, we recommend the following websites:

  • Do It Volunteering - The UK's national volunteering database with opportunities posted by volunteer centres, national/local charities and voluntary groups.
  • Career Volunteer - Career Volunteer can help you become a Trustee, a mentor, or a skilled volunteer.

Contact Us

If you have any queries please either visit the Volunteering Team at Purple Door or email us at purpledoor-volunteering@port.ac.uk