Category Archives: Helping the community

Amazing people doing great things locally, nationally and internationally and opportunities for students to volunteer and get involved with community projects.

Saving lives is in your blood! 🩸

Join the New Zealand Blood Service and become a part of our incredible team of life savers right here at UC! 🩸

Experience a sense of purpose and pride as you make a real impact on the lives of those in need.

This act not only benefits others but also offers you a chance to pause and appreciate your own wellbeing, knowing you have the power to assist those seeking life-saving treatments.

Your donation is a precious gift, unlike any other. The blood you generously provide can be a lifeline for individuals battling cancer, undergoing surgery, or recovering from a traumatic accident. It’s also a ray of hope for those dealing with autoimmune or bleeding disorders.

Mark your calendars!

🗓️ Date: Tuesday, 3rd October

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

📍 Where: Undercroft 101

Secure your spot by booking your appointment in advance – just visit Donor Booking | University of Canterbury. But hey, if you’re feeling spontaneous, walk-ins are usually welcome too (subject to availability)!

Remember to participate in the UC Team Red Challenge:

  1. Log in at (or download the app and tap menu)
  2. Click ‘My Team’
  3. In ‘Team Name’ field, search for ‘University of Canterbury’
  4. Click link my donations / join team!

Takoha toto, whakaoro tāngata! Give blood, Save Lives!

Thanks for getting involved this Plastic Free July!

With your help, we’ve reached the challenge goal of 150 ways to reduce plastic! Check out the hub shortly as we’ll be sharing all your great ways to reduce plastic.

Let’s keep doing our best to reduce plastic all year around

Visit the Plastic Free July hub for more information. 

Volunteering Opportunities with Children’s University

Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University is looking for volunteers to help with our Campus Experience Days on 28 and 29 June which will see over 600 tamariki come onto Campus and engage in a range of fun activities at UC. Volunteers will guide tamariki around campus and support them with a range of fun activities at UC.

Children’s University encourages 7 to 14 year olds to engage in exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of the classroom. The aim of the programme is to support young people’s aspirations for higher education and encourage lifelong learning. This short video provides an overview of the programme –

Volunteers play an important part in helping us deliver the programme and we have a range of roles available for students to support us.

If you can help, please register using this online form or email us directly on

Please note we may undertake a reference check to ensure suitability to work with children.