Voluntary work is an excellent way to gain the skills and experience you need while helping a great cause. It gives you the experience and proves you have the drive employers are looking for. A little bit of volunteering can give you vital skills within your chosen field. By volunteering you can:

  • Help local communities
  • Gain employment skills
  • Give something back
  • Experience different cultures and ways of life

A recent study from Reed Executive found that three quarters of employers prefer to recruit candidates with volunteering experience on their CV. 51% of recent graduates under 30 years old who are in paid work say that volunteering helped them to secure employment (Students, Volunteering and the Community Research 2010).

Volunteering Opportunities

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University of South Wales

Volunteering at the Chaplaincy’s Meeting House – Student volunteers are required to welcome visitors and ensure a friendly atmosphere in the building.

Global Assistants – A new volunteering and employability project run by the Immigration & International Student Advice Team.

Wales Weekend Volunteering Projects – The Immigration & International Student Advice Team (IISA) is pleased to be able to offer students exciting opportunities under a new volunteering and employability project.

Volunteering with the Students’ Union

The Students’ Union has various roles that are filled by volunteers. These include:

Course Reps – Who work with the University and represent students from their courses.

Students Voice Reps (SVRs) – SVRs work to enhance learning, teaching and student experience at a Faculty-level for current and future students.

Union committees and Student Council – Taking a committee position (chair, secretary or treasurer) in a student club or society. Committee members can gain experience in fundraising, running a committee, organising events and management of a society. This can develop skills in networking, budgeting and marketing. For all queries about volunteering opportunities please email the Student Activities officer: su.studentactivities@southwales.ac.uk

Throughout the year the Students’ Union run various volunteering opportunities. There are a number of ways you can get involved and make a difference while at USWSU whether you want to get involved in local work, community projects or get involved in something fun for a good cause. Please email su.studentactivities@southwales.ac.uk or visit your nearest SU.

Across Wales

Cardiff Nightline is a confidential listening and information service for students of Cardiff University, UWIC, RWCMD, and the University of South Wales. It is staffed and run by student volunteers.

Community Services Volunteers Wales – Find out about CSV volunteering opportunities in Wales.

Digital Communities Wales – As a Digital Volunteer, you’ll be changing people’s lives – helping them communicate with friends and family, shop, send email, apply for jobs and get help with benefits.

Diverse Cymru – Volunteering opportunities available in a range of roles.

GAVO Wales The Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations coordinates volunteers in the Newport area.

Groundwork in Wales – Offer involvement in environmental projects across Wales.

Interlink – With volunteering advisers on campus they are a charity organisation set-up to support the Voluntary Sector within Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Nightline is a confidential listening and information service for students of the University of South Wales.

Student Volunteering Cardiff – An independent, student-led charity based in Cardiff, established in 1970. Our volunteering projects give Cardiff residents the chance to give a little to their community.

Voluntary Community Service – Voluntary Community Service, often referred to as VCS, is the Volunteer Centre for the county of Cardiff.

Volunteering Wales – Search for voluntary opportunities throughout Wales by sector and location.

Do it – National database of volunteering opportunities in the UK.

Guide Star – Information about every charity – from the largest national charity to the thousands of small charities that are active in every community.

International Voluntary Service – Volunteering for peace and social justice.

Outreach International – Organise volunteer projects for gap years, career breaks, electives and summer placements in countries accross the world.

Revitalise – Revitalise is a national charity providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers. Volunteers form a crucial part of the Revitalise Team, providing companionship and support to guests, ensuring they have a fantastic holiday.

SOVASOVA is a national charity which champions social inclusion and providing volunteer and mentoring services. Newday MS aims to work with ex-offenders on release.

Travellers World Wide – Provider of Voluntary Placements and Work Experience Internships overseas.

UNA exchangeUNA Exchange promotes and supports international understanding, cultural exchange and community development.

Voluntary Sector Jobs – Although this is not specifically volunteering it lists a wide range of charity jobs and third sector jobs.

Volunteering.org – National volunteering development agency for England.

VSO – Charity that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.

World Wide Volunteering – Offer volunteering opportunities around the world.

Boosting your employability – Volunteering

Links Related to Your Subject – A range of information, job and placement search links specific to your area of interest or study. Also includes specific volunteering links.

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