Student Volunteering Week - Get involved!By Eloise Durham
This year marks the 16th anniversary of Student Volunteering Week running from 20–26 February: ‘A national celebration of the positive impact students have on their communities through volunteering’.
Over 100 different institutions took part last year, but even if your university isn’t involved in the event, don’t let that stop you from organising your own volunteering placement.
Last year students collected warm clothing for the homeless, invited charities to their campus, painted a park shelter, taught a science lesson to primary school children, helped out at a local farm and taught various subjects to refugees and asylum seekers at a local refugee centre, all while promoting volunteering to others.
If you’re still left wondering why you should volunteer then here are just a few reasons:
- It looks great on your CV – In a job market that grows increasingly competitive, employers are looking for something that makes you stand out. Volunteering shows that you are willing to give up your free time to help other people. If the work is relevant to the role you’re applying for, even better. You can prove your passion for the job if you’ve dispensed your skills for free.
- Personal benefits – Learn a new skill and meet interesting people. Volunteering is a great opportunity to try something different and out of your comfort zone. It’s also a chance to get out and explore your local community.
- Make a difference – What better way to spend your time if not to improve people’s lives? Even if the task feels menial, if you can raise a smile on someone else’s face, your time and effort has been well spent.
- Have fun! – Volunteering doesn’t have to be dull; do something that you can get enthusiastic about, get your friends involved and have a great time helping other people!
Like SVW’s Facebook page for updates or talk to your relevant university’s department to find out what local volunteering opportunities you can get involved in.