The second week of February is Student Volunteering Week. An opportunity to celebrate the impact of student volunteers and encourage new students to engage with volunteering opportunities.

So, the big question is why should I volunteer?

There are several key reasons to volunteer from boosting your skills and experience to get that dream graduate job. To just meeting new people. Over on the Host blog, we go into a bit more detail with our blog; 5 key reasons to become a student volunteer.

But what are the benefits of volunteering?

The NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) have over 15 reasons to volunteer. These include everything from giving back to an organisation that has impacted on your life; to gaining an accreditation or even just getting to know the local community.

A 2019 report by the NCVO showed that 7 in 10 people had volunteered at some point in their life. And over 90% of volunteers feel they make a difference through their volunteering.

A sense of belonging and feeling connected was a major benefit of volunteering; in fact, 77% of volunteers said that providing a helping hand made them feel less isolated.

So, what are some of the key benefits of volunteering?

  • Inclusiveness – Volunteering is welcoming and accessible.
  • Connectivity – Volunteering gives students a sense of connection to others, to a cause or an organisation.
  • Flexibility – Volunteering allows you to give up your time as and when you can. Volunteering can fit around your studies and any part-time jobs you have.
  • Meaningfulness – Volunteering can resonate with your life, your interests, and your priorities.
  • Impactful – Volunteering makes a positive difference on the community and your own life.
  • Enjoyable – Volunteering provides enjoyment and students feel good about what they are doing.

To find out more about volunteering and how to get started; Save the Student have a beginner guide to volunteering. The University of Nottingham Students’ Union have a volunteering programme as does Nottingham Trent University.

Do you volunteer? Let us know how you volunteer and for who on our Facebook page.