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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
Where can I find volunteering opportunities?
Please bear in mind that 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
- HUSSO 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 opportunities.
- Do-it - search opportunities,
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
- CVS Volunteer Centres - if you prefer to speak
to someone about local opportunities, there is a regular drop-in
service at the 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
- VInspired - for 16 and 25
year olds - opportunities and gaining recognition for
- CSV - Community and
Voluntary Service or CSV. Opportunities for volunteering
across a range of projects in various locations across the
Exchange - opportunities in 60 countries (inc India,
Japan, Iceland, Kenya)
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 opportunities
Service (ICS) 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
- VSO 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.
- UN Volunteers -
contributes to peace and development through volunteering
worldwide. The Programme is active in around 130 countries every
Plus -teach English overseas, for example the Ist Plus
'Volunteer Thailand' programme. Some opportunities are paid, but
you may be charged a fee. Ist Plus operates in Australia,
China, New Zealand, USA, Thailand and Singapore.
- Read International -
collection of books and establishment of libraries in East
for Cultural Diplomacy - Voluntary Internships in Berlin
- AIESEC - opportunities to work and
Youth Volunteering Portal - lists of Volunteering
- Portal of volunteer opportunities and volunteer websites
- Go to Work Overseas
- Go to Work Placements
- Go to Jobs.
Bus - charity dedicated to improving
child literacy in the developing world by providing books and a
mentoring service to children from disadvantaged
Be aware that many of the volunteering opportunities in
conservation overseas can involve a charge to participate, and you
may need to pay for flights and accommodation.
For other overseas opportunities, check out the Working Abroad
and Work experience pages of this website - links below.
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!
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.