We're your Southend Volunteering Team

VTeam is the volunteering branch of the Students’ Union. We are ambitious and we want to help every student achieve their full potential through volunteering. The American author H. Jackson Brown Jr. once said that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. This is absolutely true, research has shown that volunteering is excellent for your mental health. Getting out of the house, doing something new, meeting people, being selfless... Imagine the buzz our volunteers get after each project!

So why volunteer with VTeam specifically? We don't just hunt out existing volunteer roles, we use our connections to create new, unique opportunities for you. We cover all the costs, be it transport, equipment and/or materials. We look after you, ensuring that you are safe and covered by our insurance (should you ever need it). Most importantly, all of our services are completely free and part of your SU membership, so volunteering with us will never leave you out of pocket.

From volunteering in charity shops to litter picking by our beautiful sea-nery, from going to care homes and animal sanctuaries to providing zoom based sessions. Which one will you choose?

Not studying on campus right now? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our online volunteering there’s so many opportunities to get involved in!

volunteering projects and other useful info

What's on?

New to volunteering? Don't know where to start? This page will show all opportunities in one place.

Case studies

Check out what volunteers have to say about their experience.



Have an idea for a new project? We'd love to hear about it! It's easy, just complete the application form and email it over to Souvteam@essex.ac.uk


These are the amazing people we work with.


Take a look at last year's amazing volunteer winners.