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Calling all student volunteers: Charity Choice is here to help!

The 18th annual Student Volunteering Week, delivered through a partnership between Student Volunteering Network (SVN), Student Hubs and NUS, will take place from 11- 17 February 2019…

Last year, students and staff from over 60 higher and further education institutions led more than 300 events across the UK. According to SVN, getting involved offers a great chance for students to develop their skills while forming key social action partnerships in local communities.

Whether you’re a student, university, college, students’ union, charity or social enterprise this is your chance to promote student volunteering and share your ideas, best practice and challenges with the rest of the sector.

Why should you volunteer?

  1. To improve your wellbeing. The new Time Well Spent report published by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) reveals that 77% of 18-24 year olds agree that volunteering helps them feel less isolated.
  2. To make a positive difference to your wider and local community.
  3. To bolster your employability. Volunteering will help you to develop vital leadership and social skills as well as providing work experience that you can put on your CV.
  4. To make new contacts and friends in your local community.
  5. To enhance your education. Volunteering is a great life experience to combine with your educational qualifications. Not all knowledge can be obtained within a classroom or lecture theatre; volunteering will give you an all-rounder status, which employers love!

How can Charity Choice help?

We’re here to help you decide which cause or charity you would like to support during Student Volunteering Week 2019. Go to our website, where you can search by cause, location and keywords. You can also download our free reports to compare how each charity spends its income, helping you make the right decision for you.

If you still aren't quite sure which one is right for you, then list your offer to volunteer on Charity Choice instead. To get started, go to our Volunteering section. There you'll be able to choose where you would like to volunteer, how many days per week you can spare, what kind of tasks you'd be able to perform, and even what type of charity you want to help out.

We need you to provide as much information as possible about your availability when you're filling out the online form. We'll ask you which days of the week you'd like to volunteer on, and what kind of work you would be interested in doing.

For more information about Student Volunteering Week 2019, click here.

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