We all need a little help from time to time and the Students’ Union is no different. If you’re interested in any of our upcoming campaigns just drop us a line studentsunion@universityofgalway.ie or call up. Sometimes you can get campaign t-shirts for helping and get other free goodies too.

If you are interested in Volunteering there are various options available.

Flirt FM 101.3 is the award-winning student radio station for Galway city. Part of a 24 station national network of community radio stations, we’ve been broadcasting from University of Galway since September 1995 with three paid staff, the station is composed of up to 150 student volunteers (this is where you come in!)

On air weekdays throughout the year, we’re on FM 24hrs five days a week, and 70 hours a week during the holidays, with our webstream running the rest of the time.

So what do we sound like? Well, certainly not your average station. Flirt FM is by, of and for the third-level students of Galway; providing an alternative to locally available commercial radio. In fact, we’re the only dedicated alternative station in Ireland. In addition to tuning in on 101.3fm you can listen online and message us at flirtfm.ie, find us on TuneIn, Facebook, Twitter, Mixcloud, Snapchat and text us on 085 180 1013.

If you’re interested in volunteering, complete our online application form at flirtfm.ie/volunteers. Whether your interest lies in production, technical work, interviewing, promotion, research, editing or presenting we’d like to hear from you!

Working at the station has many perks; it’s a great social network, you can get an ALIVE certificate, and crucially, if you’d like to work in broadcast media the experience and skills you will pick up along the way are invaluable. Over the past 20 years our volunteers have gone on to work in media outlets all over the world, and so could you!

What is the ALIVE Student Volunteering Programme?

ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) was established by the University to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that University of Galway students make by volunteering either at home, in Galway or within the University community itself.

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities

As an University of Galway students you can volunteer with a huge variety of community organisations, including:

  • Big Brother, Big Sister
  • Gaf Youth Café
  • Homework Clubs
  • Simon Community

The list is endless! Log on to www.universityofgalway.ie/alive to see the latest opportunities.

Why volunteer?
  • Gain life experiences and skills
  • Meet interesting people Have fun!
  • Gain work experience
  • Give back
  • Be an agent of social change
  • Broaden your horizons
  • For the challenge

Volunteering is a unique opportunity for students to increase their knowledge, skills and abilities, to understand and appreciate the diversity of our society and to work in partnership with communities for mutual benefit.

University of Galway ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering

Get your ALIVE Certificate when you volunteer, it is a great addition to any CV. The ALIVE Certificate recognises your volunteering at home, in Galway, abroad or on campus, including: Student Connect Mentoring, Societies, Clubs, Access, Flirt FM, Class Reps and community organisations.

For further information contact:

Lorraine Tansey,
Student Volunteer Coordinator
Email : alive@universityofgalway.ie
Tel : +353 91 495346, Ext 5346

ALIVE office

Location: The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 2pm-5pm
Website: www.universityofgalway.ie/alive

As Galway’s only student newspaper, Sin provides the best opportunity for students to get involved in journalism, photography, design, and other areas of newspaper production. But why contribute? Well there are lots of reasons: there’s the chance to gain experience that will prove valuable and rewarding later on in your career, but also in many other aspects of life; you’ll meet new people, many of whom share some of your interests. There’s also the chance to work with a great group of contributors who’ll teach you invaluable information about the media; Sin provides its contributors with a wide audience, and finally you get your name in print, something that people in print journalism value the most. Sin has a print run of 6000, is out every two weeks, on average is about 28 pages long, and is distributed on campus as well as to many locations in Galway City. To get involved is easy, meetings are held every week, and all are welcome. Contact editor@sin.ie for more information.

What is Student Connect?

Basically it’s a programme where students help students!
Do you remember how it felt to be a first year student? Did you find coming to University a daunting experience? Did you know who to ask if you had a difficulty? If the answer to these questions is yes then you could help us with our peer mentoring programme.

The aim of Student connect is to provide a friendly and caring introduction to University of Galway for first-year students through the facilitation of student-to-student help and encouragement. The benefits of the programme are two-fold: Students have an experienced student to contact if they encounter any difficulties and first year students meet a new group of friends. Your mentor is a 2nd or 3rd year student who has been in the same position as you and can answer and queries you have in relation to starting your new life in University.

How does Student Connect Work?

You will be allocated a mentor at orientation. After meeting our mentor they will bring you and your group on a campus tour and take you for a cup of coffee to chat about the University. Your mentor will give you their mobile number and email address and will contact you a important time throughout the year. They can introduce you into Clubs/Societies and you can contact them to discuss any issues that might be of concern to you. Your mentor will meet you and your group for a second time about 4 weeks into the first semester to check in with you and see how your are doing.

For further info go to the Student Services Website

Would you like to help out at different events/activities and gain skills in communicating with various people, distributing information to potential applicants and assisting them.  You will be able to add any hours you volunteer with the Access Centre to your ALIVE certificate.

The Access Centre consists of Access Programmes Office, Disability Office and Mature Students Office.

There are a number of events throughout the year which require volunteers.

Here’s the link to the form “VOLUNTEER FORM”: http://bit.ly/2Z3bCF1 and you can select those events that you would like to volunteer at.