Next week is Student Volunteering Week. If you haven’t considered it before, volunteering is a great way to keep productive and learn new skills while studying.
There are plenty of options when it comes to volunteering. It's a great way to explore avenues in which you care about or share an interest, such as the environment, working with animals or even volunteering for a community project.
Often it can be hard knowing where to start looking for volunteering opportunities, so if you fancy giving back, here are a few ways to find out about positions in your local area.
Take a look at your university or SU’s website
Many universities have connections with local organisations, and a great place to start seeing which volunteering is available in your area is by checking your Student Union or University careers website.
Freshers’ Fairs are also a valuable place to chat with local organisations that may offer volunteer positions. A lot of universities have at least one or two fairs a year, so head down and speak to different organisations.
Your universities website should outline when and where their next Freshers’ Fair will be.
Check out NCVO
On The National Council for Voluntary Organisations website, you can search their database of volunteering opportunities in your local area.
Do-It is the UK’s first digital volunteering service. Enter your postcode, town or city, and the website shows you open volunteering positions you can apply for in your local area.
The website is a social platform for volunteers and community groups and is a great place to look for opportunities near you.
Every university has a wide range of societies, from the likes of sports to academic. Many universities also have charity societies or volunteering groups, so why not get involved with one you’re passionate about?
Many organisations market their volunteering opportunities on the job section of LinkedIn, and you can filter your search based on area, keyword and company.
The platform is also an excellent way to reach out to those who already work at organisations you’re interested in and ask them any questions you may have.