National Student Volunteering Week 2017 is taking place from 20th-26th February, giving students the opportunity to try something new and take part in one-off volunteering activities. These events are open to everyone - from the seasoned volunteer to the complete beginner.
In need of some inspiration? Hear about a diverse range of volunteering experiences from students at the University.
"As a student, it can sometimes be easy to get trapped in the ‘bubble’ of only interacting with other students, so to have the opportunity to meet other people who I usually wouldn’t come across is incredibly rewarding."
"Taking part in ‘Theatres in Schools’, Peacejam and the Careers Department @WORK volunteering project, I’ve had such a diverse and exciting volunteering experience."
"Don’t be worried about your lack of experience! Volunteering opportunities are there to give you that chance to try something new."
"Volunteering really does bring out the best of both worlds; you can improve your CV, whilst taking part in an enjoyable experience meeting a diverse range of people."
"If it is something you like doing, volunteering will not feel like a chore or burden. It is such a pleasurable experience to be able to help others and the local community, whilst doing something you really enjoy."
Thousands of University of York students get involved in volunteering projects, activities, fundraising, committees, advocacy, placements and more each year.
You could join one of the 14 already established projects such as; Kids Camp a week-long residential activity holiday for children aged between 8 & 11 years, who are “desperately in need of a break", Inkwell a creative writing project for primary school pupils or Minds in Motion, a community group set up to help support people with dementia and their carers.
So if you want to develop your own project or jump onto something established all you need to do to start is contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or have a chat to the YUSU Activities officer.
York Students in Schools places over 700 students as classroom assistants each year, and has lots of project opportunities to work alongside employers to raise the aspirations of young people in York.
York Students in Communities promotes a wide range of regular volunteer placements and projects in heritage, culture, conservation, public sector and charities each term.
You can also find projects linked directly to your degree such as a curriculum-linked project through the @Work programme. Alternatively, if you want to set-up your own initiative they can support you with funding of £500 up to £5000 through the University Community Fund.
Every college has a student committee, made up of volunteers who work together to run events, activities, campaigns and campaigns for the students in their college. Elections for student committees are usually held towards the end of the Autumn Term.
Colleges rely on students volunteering as STYCs (Second and Third Year Contacts) to help new students to settle in, and most colleges also offer opportunities to volunteer as subject mentors. Some colleges run volunteering schemes in the local community, and all college committees fundraise for local charities through RAG.
To find out what's happening in your college.
Everything you do during your time at York, which involves developing employability skills, can count towards the York Award and volunteering is a fantastic example for your application.
Find out more about the York Award
"It's great to meet the same person every week and plan new and exciting activities to do while knowing that you are supporting this vulnerable young person."
"I volunteer with a year three class mostly giving children one-to-one support with their reading."
"It's always good to give something back to the community and even though it was just a couple of hours for us it made some of the kids days/weeks which is always nice to see."
"In the future I'm going to be a medical doctor, and this kind of team work involving health promotion and community engagement is a great combination to guide my career and impress employers."
Are you a volunteer who would like to share your story? If so, share your experience of volunteering here!
If you are a local volunteer organisation we can help you find student volunteers to support your organisation. Our aim is to bring together the community and the university, allowing a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, skills and experience.
What we do:
- Termly recruitment campaigns for volunteer placements
- Bespoke individual or team project based opportunities
- Advertising of one off opportunities
Get in touch with us to discuss at email@example.com