Volunteering

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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Organisations

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.

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.

BUNACBUNAC offers a range of summer camp, work abroad and volunteer abroad programmes.

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

A Graduates Guide to Teaching and Travelling Abroad


Guardian Careers Talk Podcast – Volunteering and international development.

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.

The videos below look at the charities and 3rd sector:


Experience Works Fair 2016


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