Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to give something back to the community and develop new skills. Volunteer work can provide tangible evidence of employability skills to enhance your CV and demonstrate your abilities to a future employer.

Community Volunteering

Community Volunteering

Volunteer students work with children in the chemistry laboratory

Why volunteer?

Volunteering can be done during term-time or in vacations and comes in many forms - from working with children at a local community centre, to sitting on the Board of Directors of a local charity. Some people choose to volunteer in a field directly related to their degree or future career, but others do something completely different. Whatever you choose to do you may have the opportunity to:

How to volunteer

You may wish to find your own volunteering – if so, check out the health and safety advice.

Current students can join the University’s Volunteering group which has links to around 150 UK-based third sector organisations, charities, community groups and public bodies, and posts regular updates on the latest volunteering opportunities. Find out more on the Volunteering Sharepoint Group.

At our Students' Union, SUSU, there are also a range of clubs and societies that you can get involved with, as well as volunteer positions within the student union team.
For more information, visit our volunteering webpage or email volunteering@soton.ac.uk.

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"I found the training session really helpful – it was really useful to reflect on what we wanted to get out of our experiences and reflect on how we could apply our volunteering to other situations. I wanted to volunteer to give something back to the community, mainly for the enjoyment of doing something positive and beneficial, but it was great to see how my volunteering could benefit me too."

Kate Jowett, PhD Demography

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