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Volunteering can give you a wide range of
experience and help develop skills, such as communication skills,
team-working, leadership and problem-solving, as well as extend
your network of contacts.
Read Tom's story about how volunteering helped him develop
invaluable skills, confidence and contacts. Until recently, Tom was
the Students' Union Vice-Presidence (VP) Community. Read Tom's story
Top ten reasons why you should consider volunteering
- Volunteering can contribute significantly to the development of
employability skills, such as communication skills, team-working
and organisational skills. You will be able to draw on your
volunteering experience as evidence of these and other skills.
- Volunteering work often provides opportunities and a level of
responsibility, which you might not obtain from part-time, paid
- Volunteering can help you to develop your network of
- Volunteering can help you to gain self-confidence and develop
- Volunteering helps your local community and benefits
- Volunteering can be very rewarding.
- Volunteering adds to your CV and helps it stand out from
- Volunteering enables you to meet new and interesting
- Volunteering makes you feel good.
- Volunteering is good fun!
Where can I find volunteering opportunities?
- The University of Hull has one of the best Students' Union
Community organisations and volunteering hubs in UK universities,
HUSSO, which offers a range of volunteering opportunities.
Please bear in mind, however, that as with many opportunities,
it can take time to match you with opportunities, and you may need
to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, which
may take time, so plan ahead well in advance. Use the link
below to find out more or visit the Activities Co-ordinator on the
first floor of University House on the Hull Campus.
- There is also a website with UK-wide opportunities, which
allows you to undertake a search, based on location, type of
opportunity, and your availability in terms of days and times.
Opportunities range from retail volunteering to supporting people
with disabilities, from play-workers to administrators, from
fund-raising to organising events. Use the link below to search
opportunities via the Do It website. Do-it
- If you prefer to speak to someone about local opportunities,
there is a regular drop-in service at the CVS Volunteer Centre in
Hull at The Strand, 75 Beverley Road, Hull. T. 01483 324474 and the
Volunteer Centre in Scarborough at Allatt House, 5 West Parade,
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 5ED T. 01723 362205
- If you are aged between 16 and 25 years, you can gain
recognition for undertaking a number of hours' volunteering through
the VInspired initiative. The Vinspired website also
features volunteering opportunities. VInspired
- A further source of volunteering opportunities is the Community
and Voluntary Service or CSV. The CSV website has opportunities for
volunteering across a range of projects in various locations across
the UK. CSV
There are a huge number of local organisations,who recruit
volunteers. Some are in the charitable sector, whilst others are in
popular areas of work, such as publishing and the media.
You can also generate your own opportunities, for example,
contact schools directly to find out if you can gain some classroom
Don't forget that you can volunteer to help out at local events
e.g. music, comedy and literary festivals, both at the University,
in the wider Hull and Scarborough areas and in your local area
during vacations. Find out what is happening in your area, and
Local Volunteering Opportunities:
- Humberside Probation Service are recruiting volunteers for
their Circles of Support - Circles of
- SOVA - National volunteer mentoring
organisation working with the socially and economically
Trust - Wide range of projects working in four key areas:
Health, Social Care and Wellbeing - e.g. Doula Project, Children
& Young People - e.g. Children's Centres, Employment, Education
& Training and Safer & Stronger Communites - e.g.community
- CRUSE Bereavement -
Supporting bereaved people of all ages.
- Walker Street Contact Centre - Providing supervised
- NACRO -
National Association for the Care and resettlement of offenders.
Nearest projects in Sheffield and Bradford.
- Humberside Police - Community Engagement Team/Special Constable
opportunities. Apply via the Do it website above.
- Shannon Trust - prison representatives
& East Yorkshire Mind - Mentors
- COMPASS - helping to solve drug
and alcohol abuse.
- ARKH - drop-ins and befriending on
- International Service is an international development charity,
which supports people in practical ways to understand their rights
and put them into action. They have a young people’s overseas
volunteering scheme offering 12-week placements that give young
adults the chance to make a positive difference to the lives some
of the world’s poorest communities. Work with
International Service This is a great opportunity to
learn about life in another country, work on real-life development
projects, and develop important life skills such as teamwork,
leadership, communication and decision-making.
- Voluntary Service Overseas or VSO is the world’s leading
independent international development organisation that works
through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. They
are particularly interested in recruiting volunteer specialists,
such as medics and teachers. They have opportunities from 6 months
to 2 years for qualified professionals with post-qualification
experience, and oppurtunities for people between 18-25 years in
their Global Exchange and Youth for Development
- The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN
organization that contributes to peace and development through
volunteering worldwide. The Programme is active in around 130
countries every year. UN Volunteers
- If English is your first language, there are often volunteering
opportunities to teach English overseas, for example the Ist Plus
'Volunteer Thailand' programme. Some opportunities are paid, but
you may be charged a fee. View the Ist Plus link below for current
programmes. Ist Plus operates in Australia, China, New Zealand,
USA, Thailand and Singapore. Ist Plus
- Read International -
collection of books and establishment of libraries in East
for Cultural Diplomacy - Voluntary Internships in Berlin
Be aware that many of the volunteering opportunities in
conservation overseas can involve a high cost to participate.
For other overseas opportunities, check out the Working Abroad
and Work experience pages of this website - links below.
AIESEC - opportunities to work and
Youth Volunteering Portal - lists of Volunteering
- Portal of volunteer opportunities and volunteer websites
Go to Working Overseas
Go to Work Experience
Our jobs page also features work placement opportunities.
Why not create your own opportunities?
Not all opportunities will be advertised. Consider a more direct
approach to charities and not for profit organisations to generate
opportunities or make speculative enquiries/applications. Use any
contacts you make have, such as friends or family.
Whilst the Careers and Employability Service and our
professional body, AGCAS, may take the view that, if you
undertaking a placement or internship, you should be paid, there
may be occasions when you might shadow a person in a job or get a
taste of a type of work, or seek to develop your network, when not
actually employed for a day or so.
The BBC offers over 1000 opportunities to gain such
experience. Go to BBC Work
Experience for details.