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Why volunteer?

Volunteering is personally rewarding and offers students an invaluable opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and experience alongside their studies. Don't forget, it also provides an opportunity to explore a potential career, try something new or to challenge yourself.

Most people get involved in volunteering because they want to make a difference to a cause, or a charity they are interested in.

Volunteering is a great way to not only develop new or existing skills but to get to know your local community, give something back, make new friends, enhance your CV, make new connections and most importantly, have fun.

Volunteering is for everyone and there are a variety of volunteering roles that suit all interests. You may volunteer in care work, education, teaching, campaigning and fundraising, health and office work.

Ten top reasons why you should volunteer

Volunteering provides many great new challenges, friendships and an incredibly fulfilling experience. Below is the top ten reasons why you should volunteer: 

  1. Experience personal growth.
  2. Amazingly rewarding.
  3. Make a difference.
  4. Use your skills to benefit others.
  5. Try something new.
  6. Develop new skills or existing skills.
  7. New friendships.
  8. Try something out of your comfort zone.
  9. Enhancing your CV.
  10. Improve employment prospects.

Organisations to start your volunteering path

There are many opportunities for volunteering. Here are some useful organisations to start your volunteering path.

Most of these companies act as volunteering brokers who not only offer great opportunities but also provide information, advice and signposting to appropriate volunteering experiences.

Locally based charities

Why not volunteer for a Southampton based charity and make a difference to your local community.

These Southampton based charities have promoted a range of volunteering opportunities for our students.

Approach them with a targeted CV and covering letter explaining why you are passionate about getting work experience with their organisation:

National and international charities

If you have some time to spare and would like to use it to benefit a cause or a particular charity, consider making a difference with one of these well-known organisations.

Explore their websites and application process to find out how to approach them:

Volunteering overseas

If you want to give something back and help others but also want to travel abroad, why not volunteer overseas.

Volunteering overseas is a great opportunity to help a community, learn a new language, gain a deeper understanding of a country culture and explore.

These volunteering organisations offer a wide range of difference projects and advice on volunteering abroad:

Views from student volunteers at Southampton Solent University

"Volunteering is a way to demonstrate my enthusiasm about my chosen field and a way to gain relevant skills and knowledge which will help me be more employable in the future’’
Dessy Andonova, BSC Hons Psychology

‘’Volunteering gave me a chance to try out a career idea and gain real life work experience that has helped me answer questions on applications and at graduate job interviews’’
Lois Collier, Ba Hons Tourism Management

‘’I found volunteering really boosted my confidence, key skills in communication as well as understanding the working environment, which I believe improved my CV and helped me get a graduate job’’
Nisha Haq, BA Hons Photography

Volunteer now

To find out about all of our latest volunteering opportunities at Southampton Solent University, visit Solent Graduate Jobs.

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Page last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 2.31pm.


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