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10:56am 18 Dec 2020

Volunteering is a great way to build your skills, gain experience and make a difference to a cause you care about! 

What is volunteering?  

Volunteering involves offering your time (on an unpaid basis) to take part in an activity which benefits people (individuals or groups) an organisation, or the environment. Many students and recent graduates see volunteering as an enjoyable way to gain valuable work experience and develop their personal and professional skills. 

Why volunteer? 

  • Meet new people, make friends and increase your network  
  • Build confidence and increase your wellbeing   
  • Stand out in a competitive labour market  
  • Gain crucial experience to enhance your CV  
  • ‘Try out’ possible career paths  
  • Make a positive difference to a community, organisation, or cause  
  • Find opportunities which are flexible and can fit around your studies  
  • Try something new and stretch your comfort zone 
  • Learn new skills or refine existing ones 
  • Gain recognition via the Graduate + award  - Bronze, Silver and Gold!

What types of opportunities are available?  

Many different activities and roles are available throughout the year with a range of commitments, from short term, one-off projects (a few hours, or several days/weeks) or more long-term, regular opportunities (several months to a year). Roles can include things such as taking part in a community clean up, befriending the elderly, mentoring a young person, managing a charity’s social media or organising an event – to name a few.   

Whatever your skills, passions, interests and goals, the Volunteering team at BCU can help you find the right opportunity. Offering a tailored service, we work to source roles that are relevant to your degree or career prospects. Whether you want to commit to a regular voluntary position or the occasional one-off opportunity, there will be something for you.  

Check out the variety of opportunities available online, locally, within the University and more within our bulletin below:

 

Volunteering Bulletin

 

COVID UPDATE  

Whilst there are some face to face volunteering opportunities available, most have moved online or via telephone and can be accessed remotely. This means you will likely need a laptop with a built-in camera and microphone. However, if you do decide to take part in face to face volunteering, we highly recommend you follow the advice that’s been provided by the NHS and do not take undue risks with your personal health.  

For further information please email the Volunteering Team: volunteering@bcu.ac.uk 

We love to hear about your volunteering experiences so let us know if you have started volunteering! You can also record volunteering activities here to gain recognition for the graduate + award.  

CASE STUDIES  

"I decided to carry out my placement at the POD in Nechells because I was looking for a placement that focused on and met the needs of individuals in a community.  I also enjoy assisting and motivating individuals and working at the POD gives me the chance to do so. I enjoy the fact that I meet new people every day and I have the opportunity to voice ideas and new activities."

Soton Manuel, Volunteer Activities Assistant, The POD 

"I wanted to do something or help someone, so one day I applied for a few volunteering opportunities and Beanstalk were first to reply back. They were very helpful and friendly.    Twice a week I go into the school and the children read to me or with me. The child picks the book they want and reads for around 20 minutes, and then there's a choice of games we play for around 10 minutes afterwards."

Aqsa Shaheen, Volunteer Beanstalk Reading Helper, Blue Coat Church of England (A) Junior School 


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