Why Volunteer?

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.

Benefits of Volunteering

Employability and Networking

Volunteering can help you:

  • 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.

Community Benefit

Volunteering isn’t all about improving career prospects – it’s also about enjoying yourself! You might want to volunteer in a role that’s not related to your studies at all, simply because it’s something you love. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in University life and the local community, and to make friends who share your interests.

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

Personal Development

Volunteering can help you:

  • 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

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