The University of Manchester's Volunteering and Community Engagement Team provides help and information for students to find volunteering opportunities in the local community and overseas. The team runs Volunteer Days and projects in partnership with local and international charities and not-for-profit organisations, supporting students to volunteer.
Post Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship. Post Pals supports children aged 3 to 17 in the UK and was set up in 2002 by teenagers who were all ill themselves. Founder Vikki had the idea after finding that receiving cards in the post was the only thing that made her smile when bedbound and isolated due to very severe ME.
The concept is simple… they feature children on the website with a forwarding address, their interests and stories, and invite members of the public from around the world to log on and send cheerful post. Volunteers range from toddlers drawing pictures, right up to an 106 year old who knitted finger puppets!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
1. Click 'Apply Now' below and you will receive a link to their website plus information on how to log your volunteer hours from the Volunteering Team
2. Send a cheerful card or letter to the child via the address on their page.
3. Sit back and know that a child’s day will be brightened because of you!
Please note - there are no volunteer expenses available for this role, so you will need to be able to cover the cost of stamps yourself. These can be bought from any post office and many local newsagents.
This opportunity has no minimum hours commitment and can be completed in your own time.