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Volunteering plays a pivotal role in nurturing thriving communities and addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by many. Student volunteering holds immense significance, both for the individuals involved and the communities they serve. whether it's building a stronger sense of community, empowering individuals, driving social change or fostering personal growth, volunteering is a great way to give back.

This page is designed with the unique needs and preferences of students in mind. Whether it's volunteering during weekends, reading week, or in the daytime, you can find opportunities that fit seamlessly into any busy schedule. Through this page, you can explore a diverse range of opportunities and hopefully find a cause that’s close to your heart


William Sarenden, your Welfare Student Leader, says:

"The true measure of a society is not in its wealth or power but in the compassion and kindness of its people. So, in a world where you can be anything, be someone who makes a difference, and one of the best ways anyone can achieve his is through volunteering”


Lily Boodhoo, your BAME Student Leader, says:

“Whilst living in a world full of chaos, take some time to reflect on how you can make a positive impact on people’s lives. Build relationships and make the world a better place by devoting your energy to what matters most. It’s never too late to support good change that can shape a better future for the world. Make this life count and create change that you can make a legacy from to enhance other lives”


The Personal Benefits of Volunteering:

While the impact of volunteering extends far beyond the community it serves, the personal benefits of volunteers are equally profound. From a deep sense of fulfilment and enhanced well-being to expanded social connections and skill development, volunteering provides opportunities for personal growth, self-discovery, and meaningful connections with others. Engaging in volunteer work fosters empathy, gratitude, and a broader perspective on the world, while also boosting self-confidence and promoting lifelong learning. Ultimately, volunteering is a transformative journey that not only creates positive change in the community but also brings about profound transformations within individuals themselves, making it a deeply rewarding and fulfilling experience for volunteers of all ages.


The Value of Volunteering on Your CV:

In today's competitive job market, standing out from the crowd requires more than just academic qualifications and work experience. Employers are increasingly seeking candidates who demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and community engagement. The volunteering experience on your CV not only showcases your altruistic spirit but also highlights valuable skills and qualities that can set you apart from other applicants. Including volunteering experience on your CV is not just about filling space—it's about showcasing your character, skills, and values in a meaningful way. By highlighting your volunteering experiences, you demonstrate your initiative, adaptability, and passion for making a difference, ultimately enhancing your appeal to potential employers.


If you know of any other charities or volunteering opportunities that may be of interest to students, then make sure to let us know!


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