Here you can find out all you need to know about how to get started and why volunteering is of great benefit to you and your community.
Volunteering can develop many of the skills employers are looking for, such as leadership, teamwork and organisation. You can try out different career ideas by volunteering which may help you decide if the voluntary sector is right for you.
There is a wealth of volunteering opportunities available; you could get involved with various one-off events or commit to a regular role with the same organisation over the academic year - you could even set up your own project!
By giving the gift of your time to help others, you can create a social impact in your community, build your networks and develop a positive impression of yourself for your future employer.
The Volunteering Bank has started to advertise volunteering roles for the new academic year. Go to MyCareer to search and apply.
I learnt how planning your time and working in the most effective way possible also helps when applied to your studies, [...]. The support given by my manager is unmatchable in terms of sharing expertise or giving advice which also makes you feel part of something big.
The Volunteering Bank is a resource of local volunteering opportunities open to you while you study at Southampton and up to 12 months after you graduate.
Roles are flexible to fit in with your student life and are available to apply for throughout the academic year.
To browse roles, log into MyCareer with your student ID and search through the Volunteering Bank. When you find a role you like, click the ‘Apply now’ button and fill in the application form. The Volunteering Team will review your application for you before sending it to the organisation who will then contact you if you have been successfully shortlisted.
Click the button to go to the Volunteering Bank on the mycareer website:
DBS - If the role you are applying for requires you to have a DBS check you might find the organisation will organise this for you. If not, please find further information about how to obtain one yourself via this government website.
Training - The organisation you are applying to should provide you with training detailing their safeguarding policies and procedures depending on the type of role you will be doing. This will inform you about how to best protect both yourself and those you come into contact with while volunteering.
Speak to someone - If you would like to speak to a careers adviser about volunteering or to check over your volunteering application before you submit it you can attend a drop in session in the Careers Centre. Find details of drop-in hours here.
For further health and safety considerations please see the helpful download at the bottom of this page.
16th of November – Volunteering Masterclass. We are running these half hour sessions with the Volunteering Coordinator in term 1 only. These will give you ideas for volunteering while you study, show you where to search for an opportunity, the best ways to apply and much more. Book your place on MyCareer
14th December – Volunteering Masterclass. We are running these half hour sessions with the Volunteering Coordinator in term 1 only. These will give you ideas for volunteering while you study, show you where to search for an opportunity, the best ways to apply and much more. Book your place on MyCareer
February 2017: Student Volunteering Week runs every year and is organised by Student Hubs. During this week you can attend events such as micro-volunteering or activities to volunteer and find out about local opportunities. They have yet to announce the dates for this year but you can look at last year’s event at www.studentvolunteeringweek.org
1st – 12th June: ‘Volunteers Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contributions made by volunteers across the UK.’ A variety of activities and online blogs occur during the event and you can find out more at www.volunteersweek.org
Rosalie Lamming is the Volunteering Coordinator and she is available for you to come and speak to between 9-5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when the Volunteering Department is open. It would be a good idea to call the Careers Front Desk Team on 02380 593501 before you come in to ensure she is available to speak with you.
Alternatively you can email Rosalie on email@example.com with your questions about volunteering.
The Volunteering Team is part of the Careers and Employability Service, Student Services, and signposts students and graduates to volunteering bodies and organisations. The University of Southampton is not responsible for the contents or reliability of any linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the organisations whose details are provided. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.
Please note that it is the responsibility of individual students to conduct research into opportunities available regarding international volunteering and placements, and the University of Southampton and its staff will accept no responsibility for any use which is made of the advice or information provided by any of these organisations.