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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.

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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.


How to search and apply
Go to the Jobs Board and select the 'volunteering' filter on the bottom left of MyCareer.

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.

  • Jobs Board Volunteering Opportunities - Check MyCareer's jobs board for long-term career-focused and also one-off roles.
  • Southampton Hub offers opportunities for you to create social and environmental change in your community and globally.
  • Southampton Voluntary Services offers information and opportunities from local organisations along with advice and training.
  • Students' Union Clubs and Societies - take responsibility as a committee member in more than 300 student groups.
  • Faculty - many faculties offer volunteering roles to compliment your degree. Contact your faculty office for further details.
  • International Volunteering - It is a great opportunity to volunteer abroad. Before you decide which organisation to go with we suggest you consider the guidelines offered by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations website called 'How To Volunteer Outside The UK'.

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.

  • Volunteering – Volunteering England defines it as "any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives."
  • Third Sector – The National Audit Office describes the third sector as "the range of organisations that are neither public sector nor private sector. It includes voluntary and community organisations (both registered charities and other organisations such as associations, self-help groups and community groups), social enterprises, mutuals and co-operatives."

Need some advice?

If you have a question about volunteering or work experience, the Student Engagement Team are here for you from Monday to Friday.

You can call on 02380 593501 or email on

If you would like to speak face to face this can also be done by prior arrangement.


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.

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