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
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 here.
Nine reasons why you should consider
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 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 work.
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 can be very
Volunteering adds to your CV and helps it stand out from
You also get to meet interesting people.
It makes you feel good.
It's good fun!
Where can I find Volunteering
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
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 CRB (Criminal Records
Bureau) check, 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.
Hull Students' Union Community - local opportunities via
the Students' Union
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 - local, and UK
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 V Inspired initiative. (Link below). The V Inspired website
also features volunteering opportunities.
Inspired - recognition for 18-25 year olds
- 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. (Link below.)
Community and Voluntary Service
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 contact organisers.
Local Volunteering Opportunities:
Humberside Probation Service are recruiting volunteers for
their Circles of Support to commence in March 2012.
Find out more - Circles
SOVA - National volunteer
mentoring organisation working with the socially and
Trust - Wide range of projects working in four key
- Health, Social Care and Wellbeing - e.g. Doula Project
- Children & Young People - e.g. Children's Centres
- Employment, Education & Training
- Safer & Stronger Communites - e.g.community wardens
Bereavement - Supporting bereaved people of all ages.
Walker Street Contact Centre - Providing supervised contact.
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.
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.
Find out more via the following link:
- 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
Schemes. Use the link below to find out more.
VSO Voluntary Services
- 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. Find out more from the link below.
UN Volunteers United Nations
- 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.
Plus - teaching English
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.
for Cultural Diplomacy - Voluntary Internships in Berlin
AIESEC - opportunities to work and
Youth Volunteering Portal - lists
of Volunteering Programmes
- 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
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 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
The BBC offers over 1000 opportunities to gain such experience
Go to BBC Work
Experience for details.