Student volunteering week is the 11th-15th February this year, so in the run up, we wanted to look at some of the ways you can get involved in some volunteering. Not only does it give you experience in a different field, but it’s also great for your mental health and wellbeing. It also helps you to network with organisations and people (handy for when you graduate!). Volunteering can take many different forms, from a couple of hours here and there to a regular rota. Here’s some ideas of how you can get involved in volunteering.
The Student’s Union offers a wide range of ways for you to volunteer. As a course rep or Officer, you’ll take a couple of hours out of your time a week to meet with your lectures and bring them feedback about your course. There’s also a chance for you to get involved with your SU by becoming an Active Wellbeing Volunteer. This is a new initiative run by the SU to improve student wellbeing across campus. Find out more about it here.
Find something related to your course
While I was in college, I thought about becoming a teacher, so for a few hours a week I volunteered at a local primary school as a teaching assistant. You’ll find that lots of schools are on the look-out for people to help out, taking small groups of students who need a bit of extra catch up or putting up displays. You’ll need a DBS certificate, but the school will help you out with that, and it’s a useful thing to have anyway. If teaching isn’t your thing, volunteer for a charity that takes your interest, whether this be climate change or animal welfare.
Volunteer for something you care about
Charities all have lots of different ways to get involved; through charity shops, fundraising events, or local activates. Age UK has loads of opportunities such as leading fitness groups, befriending programmes or supporting older people after a difficult time. Find out more here. These can be really rewarding opportunities, as you see first-hand the impact your time has on other people.