Student volunteers make an important contribution to the work of voluntary organisations ranging from small community groups to national charities, as well as to public sector bodies such as schools, prisons, and hospitals. Volunteer-involving organisations place great value on higher education students and see universities as valuable sources of talent, time, and enthusiasm. Students are highly valued as volunteers by organisations and are sought out for specific skills, knowledge and expertise as well as being valued for their youth and enthusiasm.

To compete effectively in the current economic climate, and to enhance your employability, it’s crucial that you can provide evidence to employers of the transferable skills you possess, many of which can be gained as a volunteer whilst also improving the lives of others.

Volunteering at the Ermine Library is extremely good for individuals who love the library side of things and for individuals, like myself, who like making the community a happier and healthier place. This volunteering has also helped me boost my skills in health and social care and also secure my place in the health and social care sector, meaning the library is not just a place to read books, its also a place for students to go support and chat to lonely or vulnerable individuals.

Volunteer at the Ermine Library and Community Hub.

Our BG Futures team have contacts with reliable organisations such as Voluntary Centre Services, the County Council and the NHS where you can find a rewarding and mutually beneficial environment. You will be able to volunteer with confidence, gaining and expanding your skills and knowledge whilst also making an invaluable difference to the lives of others. All volunteer placements both in the UK and abroad might be eligible for additional funding with the BG Foundation Fund.

If you are interested in volunteering and making a difference in a local or overseas community, please email or come and see us in the BG Futures building on campus if you have any questions or require further help.