Why Volunteer?

There are so many reasons to volunteer whilst you are at University- here are our top 5 reasons why you should volunteer:

1.)                Do something different and stand out from the crowd

Studies have shown that employers really value volunteering, with 73% of employers saying that they would employ someone who has volunteered over someone who hasn’t (Reed.co.uk, 2009). Many of our volunteers have gone on to have brilliant careers and have spoken to us about how volunteering really helped to boost their career path.

2.)                Develop skills and life experiences

There are a huge range of volunteering opportunities available from charities in and around Chester. You may even benefit from volunteering in a field completely different to what you first thought!

3.)                Get involved in your local community

Volunteering is a fantastic way to make a difference, whether it’s helping out at a local youth club one night a week, or organising a clean-up on your street, small actions can make a huge difference. If you have an idea for a community project, why not apply to our Santander Community Fund? This is a Santander fund administered by Volunteering, and students can apply for grants to fund a community initiative. This is a great way to show your innovation and leadership skills.

4.)                Try a one-off for a fun experience!

If you would like to try volunteering but you are unsure if you have time, why not try a one-off volunteering opportunity? We regularly update our Facebook page with one-off opportunities with local charities.

5.)                Gain recognition for all your hard work

Once you get started volunteering, we’ll help you to record your volunteering hours and work towards our University of Chester Volunteer (UCV) awards.  Our UCV awards appear on your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR), and can count towards the Chester Difference Award – all of which look great on your C.V!

Volunteering can help you to gain new skills; meet new people; make a difference and have fun! For more information on volunteering please contact us and browse our opportunity listings.