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Student Volunteering Week: how to make a difference during your time at university

There are plenty of chances to make a difference during your time at university. You could join your university’s RAG society, or find independent volunteering opportunities online or at your university’s career centre. Student Volunteering Week offers another chance for you to get involved and give your spare time to a worthy cause.

Make a difference in the community

As a student, it’s sometimes easy to forget that another world exists outside of university. By volunteering, you’ll be giving back to the local community, meeting new people, and making a difference in your local area. What might seem like a small amount of help to you could be something that makes a big difference to the community.

Donate your time, not your money

Money can be tight when you’re on a student budget, so donating to charities may not be an option. But by volunteering, you give back in another way. It’s also great for your wellbeing, as you will feel a sense of satisfaction and pride from helping others, and you might even save money by donating your spare time volunteering instead of trying to fill it with other activities!

Impress future employers

Anyone that spends time and effort working for free to help others and the environment demands respect, especially from future employers. Volunteering will also widen your skill set and give you transferable skills such as organisation and time management.

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How to get involved

Your student union will have loads of volunteering opportunities available, such as litter-picking or serving meals to the homeless, and there are even more chances to get involved in Student Volunteering Week.

What is Student Volunteering Week?

2020 marks the 19th anniversary of Student Volunteering Week. Taking place from the 10th to 16th February, the campaign will be delivered by the Student Volunteering Network with support from Student Hubs and the National Union of Students.

Student Hubs believes that when students are supported to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other, both communities and students benefit. SVW is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate how social action creates positive change. High quality social action enhances communities and equips young people to become skilled, active citizens.

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Student Hubs say that ‘over 55,000 students were involved in various types of social action’ during last year’s Student Volunteering Week, so what are you waiting for? Check how your university is getting involved, and join in the conversation on Twitter, follow the hashtag to see opportunities near you, and check out the website for the latest news.

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