The benefits of being a volunteer for students

19/02/2018

Today sees the start of Student Volunteering Week which aims to promote the many different benefits of volunteering to students. Now in its 17th year, the many events and activities taking place across the country will get students involved in giving their time to the causes they care about.

We take a look at just a few of the different benefits for students at school college or university to start volunteering:

1. Volunteer to give your CV a boost

Having volunteering experience on your CV can help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs and university, as it proves you’re proactive, hardworking and passionate about your interest even in your spare time. It is also viewed highly by employers, with a survey from Time Bank finding that 73% of the UK’s leading businesses would employ someone who’s volunteered over someone who hasn’t!

2. Make a difference to someone's life by volunteering

A recent survey by NCVO found that among those who had formally volunteered at least once in the last 12 months, the most frequent reason given for volunteering was a desire to help other people. Whether your role is big or small, the work you carry out as a volunteer will help make a difference and positively impact another person’s life in some way.

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Shoyaine, one of our volunteers, shows just how much of a difference volunteering can make. Passionate about computers and technology, he used his digital skills to help Molly, who is a resident of ours living with a hearing impairment. Through the time that Shoyaine spent with her during his volunteering hours, she has learnt how to download her favourite books onto a tablet and how to use email to communicate with her loved ones. Molly said that knowing how to use digital technology has made “a great difference,” with Shoyaine agreeing that the experience was positive as it has taught him “patience, and the ability to connect.” 

3. Meet new people through volunteering

Becoming a volunteer is a great way to make new connections and expand your social circle. It gives you a chance to meet new people, make new friends and become more involved with your local community, and you may get the chance to interact with people from backgrounds, cultures and generations that differ from your own.

4. Volunteer to gain some experience

Giving back through a hands-on volunteering role is a good way to gain additional experience in an area that you’ve got a particular interest in. Heather, who volunteered at our supported housing scheme in Strathaven, came to volunteer with us as she wanted to gain more of an insight into health and social care before applying to do medicine at university.

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It was important for her to spend time with the residents as “we live with an ageing population and it is a big focus for the NHS” She says, “I wanted to spend time getting to know the older residents and understanding their needs.” Heather loved her volunteering role so much that she actually ended up taking on a paid position before heading off to start her degree!

5. Have fun by volunteering 

The benefits of volunteering on our health and well-being are well documented. Research by Age UK found that no only were people who volunteered much less likely to suffer from depression, they also had much higher levels of life satisfaction and overall wellbeing too! While volunteering gives you the chance to go to new places, learn new skills, and give back to the causes that you care about, ultimately is just a great way to feel good and have some fun!

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Volunteering opportunities near me

If you’re inspired to start volunteering, we have a number of volunteering opportunities across the UK that are listed with Do-it Volunteering. Why not start your volunteering experience this Student Volunteering Week?! 

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