It can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits are enormous to you and your community. The right opportunity can help you reach out to the community, learn new skills and even advance your career.
Some university courses and careers require a certain amount of work experience, such as medical, early years and care sectors. If you can't secure work experience directly in your related career choice, having work experience which displays key skills such as team work, communication, good attendance, punctuality and customer service can go a long way.
Remember, for certain jobs, you will need to be DBS checked. The organisation you volunteer for may organise this for you but make sure you check in advance.
The following information can help you to find volunteering opportunities in your area and how to apply.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, try approaching local businesses that you would like to work for and offer to volunteer. Charities also welcome volunteers.
Click on image to find your nearest Volunteer Centre and find opportunities
Click on image to find opportunities
If you would like to discuss Volunteering, speak with your personal tutor or an adviser from the Careers and Employability team.