“ No matter what a student is passionate about, there are opportunities for everyone to get involved and experience how challenging, rewarding and enriching volunteering can be. ”
“Getting involved with volunteering opportunities, as part of Student Volunteering Week or otherwise, can show students the value of a rounded university experience – it’s more than just gaining a qualification,” said Lucy Walsh, Manager of the Winchester Hub at the University of Winchester.
The week began with Good Deed Day and the ‘Spread the Love’ campaign – volunteers stuck inspiring images and messages around campus and spoke about why they love volunteering.
“I love volunteering as you gain experience working in a variety of settings with different people and it’s the opportunity to give something back,” commented Jake Bullock, second year Business Management student at the University. “I am currently undertaking the Accredited Volunteering Module and planning a fundraising event for local charity, Sebastian’s Action Trust, in March.”
On Wednesday, the Student Union led volunteers on a mission to clean up the streets of Winchester as part of The Big Tidy Up, while Friday saw volunteers hosting a tea party for the Winchester Live at Home Scheme – a local charity offering support and friendship to older people living in their own houses.
Student Volunteering Week is coordinated by the National Union of Students and Student Hubs, a national charity with the mission to help students shape a better world. The Winchester Hub, based within the Careers Service at the University of Winchester, offers students the chance to get involved in a range of different activities, all of which aim to develop their employability skills and allow them to engage with the world beyond the University.
As well as taking part in Student Volunteering Week each year, the University offers a Volunteering Service and runs an Accredited Volunteering Module to enable students to gain valuable experience and life skills, while making a positive contribution to the local community and gaining credits towards their course.