Volunteering provides a great opportunity to make a difference and give back to the community, whilst providing valuable experience to develop your graduate attributes and help you stand out from the crowd in today’s job market.
Volunteer students work with children in the chemistry laboratory
You will have the opportunity to meet like-minded people, experience a diverse range of cultures and see whether you like certain types of work to help you make informed career choices.
There are a number of volunteering options available from a few days to a regular weekly commitment. Volunteering abroad, as well as setting up your own volunteering project, can help you develop graduate attributes such as Global Citizenship and Ethical Leadership.
Community Volunteering is a joint initiative run by Career Destinations and the Students’ Union. It is open to all students, staff and alumni at the University of Southampton, and provides volunteering opportunities in a wide range of sectors to suit all levels of interest and commitment. The latest range of opportunities is available on the Students' Union website. If you’ve got a great idea for a project that isn’t listed on our website, then why not ask us for help and set it up yourself?
We provide full training for all our volunteers and have developed a range of resources to help you make the most of your volunteering:
To get involved in Community Volunteering, the first step is to sign up.
There are also a number of locally run and national voluntary organisations which will help you find a placement.
- Search by post code for volunteering opportunities at www.do-it.org.uk.
- The National Bureau for Students with Disabilities gives advice and support for disabled students or graduates considering volunteering
- Local volunteering opportunities in Southampton and Winchester can be found on www.southamptonvs.org.uk.