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Volunteering is a great way to build your skills, make a positive impact and have fun while doing it. By volunteering with the Sustainability Service you will meet and work with other students and staff committed to making positive changes on campus and beyond. You will also gain key sustainability knowledge and skills and have a great time doing so!

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There are a whole range of projects and events throughout the whole year to get involved with. They are all designed to make the University of Leeds a more environmentally and socially responsible place to be. You could choose to join us on a monthly litter pick or take part in biodiversity monitoring. We also run a variety of projects in the local community. We provide all the training and support needed to take part and get the most out of volunteering with us.

Current volunteering opportunities:

Fix things at the on-campus Repair Café

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Are you skilled in either textiles, electrical/electronic engineering, carpentry or general handy work? 

We have launched a new Repair Café at Makerspace in the Edward Boyle Library, and we're looking for volunteers with repair skills to help students and staff to fix their stuff and save valuable resources from landfill.  Users of the Café will have access to the equipment at Makerspace including laser cutter, 3D printer, CAD software, high-spec sewing machine and overlocker, soldering stations and a range of hand tools.  

The Café will take place monthly on a weekday afternoon with the day of week changing to allow as many people as possible to attend.

Check our events page for the next Repair Cafe date.

To volunteer your skills, fill out this form.

To get more information, please email 

Help the community with a Litter Pick

Two people doing a litter pick in Hyde Park

Join the Sustainability Service for a litter pick of the local area!

Our community litter picks take place monthly within the Hyde Park area to support everyone who wants to do their bit to create a better environment for people and wildlife. It also gives you the chance to meet new people who are also interested in making their community a better place.

Check our events page for our next litter pick date. All equipment and refreshments provided.

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Volunteering in the local community

There are lots of organisations across Leeds who also offer volunteering opportunities. Here are some suggestions:

Why volunteer?

As well as feeling that you've done something worthwhile, volunteering can increase your employability by helping you to develop:

  • Understanding of sustainability in practice
  • Experience of community engagement
  • Insight into effective engagement and communication methods
  • Team working skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Useful networks of people
  • Project management skills

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our volunteering work is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 13: Climate action
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.