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Volunteering

Volunteering is a fantastic way to develop your skills, interests and get involved in activities that matter to you. We provide a range of services on campus and in our local community, many in partnership with De Montfort Students' Union.. 

#DMUlocal

Working alongside Leicester City Council and other organisations, #DMUlocal offers a wide range of exciting projects that meet the needs of communities and have a transformative impact.

To learn more about #DMUlocal, and how you can get involved, visit the #DMUlocal website.

DSU volunteering

DSU Volunteering provides access to hundreds of unique and exciting volunteering opportunities across Leicester and Leicestershire. As well as giving you the chance to volunteer within your students’ union, DSU volunteering have links with over 300 local organisations in need of volunteers. 

Youy can find out more and register on the volunteering page of the DSU website.

Macmillan volunteering

The innovative Macmillan DMU volunteering scheme improves the lives of people in Leicester, and increasing the employability of our students.

Volunteering is open to all students, but if you are studying a Health and Life Sciences subject you have the opportunity to undertake the scheme as a module and gain an additional 15 credits to your programme.

We offer a variety of roles such as an emotional and practical support volunteering which involves going out into the community and helping people. This could include:

  • Providing practical help with errands such as shopping, housework, gardening, walking the dog for people who are currently unable to do this themselves, either because they have cancer or are caring for somebody with cancer. 
  • Listening and talking (over a cup of tea) to someone with/affected by cancer. By doing so you may help to lessen their isolation, as well as increase their social network, confidence and self-esteem. 

We also need volunteers to help at fund-raising events, stem cell campaigns, help promote cancer awareness and Macmillan’s services or volunteer alongside our partner organisations: Age UK, LOROS, Leicester Partnership Trust, Coping with Cancer .

The skills, abilities and attitudes that you are expected to have:

  • Friendliness and kindness
  • Ability to communicate clearly with others
  • Effective listening skills
  • Courtesy and patience
  • Ability to be respectful of others' differences and choices
  • Understanding of confidentiality
  • Reliability and punctuality 
  • A knowledge of the local community - desirable, but not essential 
  • Ability to work independently but with guidance and support 
  • Ability to recognise own boundaries and limitations whilst in role
  • An interest in cancer care and the services that Macmillan provides
  • Physical capability to undertake practical tasks 

The benefits to you include:

  • Helping people affected by cancer 
  • Getting more involved in, and making a real difference to your local community 
  • Being able to shape this exciting new service 
  • Learning new skills whilst having fun
  • Meeting new people 
  • Enriching your CV

How to get involved:

For further information, please email Reema Khela (DMU Macmillan Volunteering Coordinator) at rkhela@dmu.ac.uk 

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