Volunteering can be a route to employment, or a way to try something which may help you choose a career. It also provides a great opportunity to give something back to the community.
It is also possible to obtain funding to help with your Volunteering via the Student Opportunity Fund and some organisations may offer travel expenses etc
You can volunteer from a couple of hours per month to a couple of days per week. Find out more in the Student Volunteering Handbook.
Volunteering and COVID 19: Update
The Volunteering Advisers have been working hard to update all of the current volunteering opportunities we advertise in light of the current virus. Although many opportunities to volunteer face to face have been suspended, you can still get involved, make a difference, and gain useful skills:
· Only volunteer if it is safe to do so
· Follow social distancing rules
Do you want to volunteer but don’t know where to start?
If you are looking for ways you can volunteer from home wherever you are; we have put a guide together to help you to know where to look, including examples of what you can do, and with information of the support available through Careers. Roles included will help you build skills and experience, as well as making a difference.
If you are looking for volunteering opportunities that aren’t local to the university, you may find it helpful to get in touch with your local Volunteer Centre or hub, for more information and advice. The Finding Volunteering Where You Live resource gives information on the support available through Careers, and includes a directory of regional/county volunteer centres/hubs throughout the UK and Ireland
Opportunities advertised through the Careers Vacancy Service are being updated to make sure you have the current information regarding volunteer recruitment . Many roles are still accepting applications with a view to commencing volunteering after restrictions have been lifted.
Careers do not endorse any individual organisations offering international volunteering opportunities, as quality of experience and support can vary. We can however, offer advice and guidance on where to start looking for opportunities. Take at look at our International Volunteering resource for further information.
Benefits of Volunteering
Employability and Networking
- Gain vital work experience
- Gain new skills and develop existing ones
- Gain accredited training
- Go into paid work with the same organisation
- Build up a network of contacts
- Get a professional reference
- Get the edge over other applicants for jobs
Remember, when you graduate you will have a valuable qualification.
If you can combine this qualification with the skills, confidence and experience needed for the career of your choice, you will be a stronger contender when applying for jobs.
Volunteering gives you the chance to:
- Join in activities you really enjoy
- Get to know your local community
- Make new friends
- The ‘feelgood’ factor – knowing you’re helping other people
- Have fun
- Make career decisions by trying different roles
- Improve your confidence
- Give something back to your community
- Build your self-esteem
- Find out what you’re passionate about
- As a volunteer, doing a valuable job in a real workplace can help you see yourself as a professional, and give you extra confidence which you can carry forward into your graduate career