Volunteering – Is it worth bronze or silver points?



At bronze level, the activities you engage in will help you to develop a new skill. At this stage you will not be leading others but enhancing your skills so that once you start to earn your silver award, you will feel much more at ease with communicating and leading others. Some examples of bronze level activities are:

  • Learning a new skill
  • Engaging in an unfamiliar activity
  • Stewarding at an event
  • Working in a charity shop – unless you have a specific responsibility such as marketing
  • Assisting in a project but not delivering it


At silver level, we want you to use the skills you have developed during your bronze award and apply them to a real-life situation. This could be anything from running your own fundraiser to being a Peer Mentor at university. If you are unsure as to whether you could claim silver points for an activity you are involved in outside of university then please check the following criteria:

  • Project management
  • Motivating others
  • Using your initiative to work on a project
  • Self-management
  • Evaluating an activity or own performance – reflective
  • Peer mentoring
  • SU roles such as course and hall reps, project volunteers and society and club committee members
  • Editorial roles
  • Fundraising events for a charity
  • Running a youth group

Still unsure? Contact our Awards Manager, Tom Hindmarch, on t.hindmarch@mmu.ac.uk who will be more than happy to help you.


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