We all know helping others is good for your soul – but volunteering can also do wonders for your CV. And with this week being Student Volunteering Week there’s no better time to start lending a helping hand.
- Charity shop
You could spend your time in a charity shop, stocking the shelves, ringing through purchases, organising displays and helping customers. You’ll grow in confidence, get to meet new people and brush up on skills like money handling, customer service and visual merchandising.
- Youth group leader
From community youth groups to the Scouts and Girl Guides, there are lots of organisations working with youngsters who are keen to hear from those with a flair for working with young people. Great for those who want to develop their organisational skills, grow in confidence and have fun!
- Hospital radio
Fancy yourself as the next Chris Evans or Nick Grimshaw? Get in touch with your local hospital to see if they have a radio station and how you can help. Some look for archivists, producers, hosts and volunteers to hit the wards and get song requests!
- Dog walker or cat cuddler
If you feel an affinity with our four-legged friends, contact your local cat and dog shelter and see if you can help out how you can get involved. Duties can include cleaning out cages, walking dogs, feeding the animals or simply keeping them company.
- Event organiser
If you can’t find a role that suits your needs or interests, why not organise a fundraising event for a charity close to your heart? You could arrange a Christmas fete in a community hall, organise a bingo night, set up a ball – there are no limits.
Are you already a volunteer? Or are you planning on lending a helping hand in the future? Let us know on Twitter!