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).
Fundraising General Volunteer The British Red Cross
Shop Volunteer The British Red Cross
Events Assistant Caudwell Children
Support & Administration Volunteer Citizens Advice Bureau
Volunteer Internal Auditor Dragonsavers Credit Union
Fundraising Assistant Music in Hospitals (MiH) – Wales
Project Assistant Music in Hospitals (MiH) – Wales
Events Assistant Music in Hospitals (MiH) – Wales
Event Volunteer RSPB Cymru
Research and Support Project Assistant Tenovus Cancer Care
Volunteer Retail Assistant in our Caerphilly Tenovus Cancer Care shop Tenovus Cancer Care
Office and Marketing Support Volunteer Valleys Steps
Trustee – Company Secretary Valleys Steps
Trustee – Business Development Valleys Steps
Befriending Volunteer Age Connects Morgannwg
Telephone Befriending Volunteer Age Connects Morgannwg
Volunteer Driver Age Connects Morgannwg
Autism Support Volunteer Autism Life Centres CIC
Health and Social Care Tutor Volunteer The British Red Cross
Mobility Aids Volunteer The British Red Cross
Family Feedback Volunteer Caudwell Children
Hospital Volunteer Caudwell Children
Family Support Volunteer Caudwell Children
Interpreters Caudwell Children
Volunteer Support Worker DRIVE
Volunteer Mentor Elite supported employment
Volunteer Support Worker Headway Cardiff
Activities Group Volunteer – Headway Cardiff Headway Cardiff
Social Group Facilitator Headway Cardiff
Research Advisory Group Tenovus Cancer Care
Course Support Volunteer – Mindfulness and Stress Control Valleys Steps
Fire and Emergency Support Volunteer The British Red Cross
Support at Home Volunteer The British Red Cross
Witness Service Court Volunteer Citizens Advice Witness Service
Witness Support Outreach Volunteer Citizens Advice Witness Service
Gateway Assessor Citizens Advice Bureau
Generalist Adviser Citizens Advice Bureau
Home Visiting Volunteer Home-Start Rhondda Cynon Taff
Volunteer – Family Support Volunteering Project Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service
Community Engagement Voluntary Intern RSPB Cymru
Victim Services Case Worker (Voluntary) Umbrella Cymru
Anti-Social Behaviour Volunteer Victim Support
Victim Support Community Volunteer Victim Support
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit your nearest SU.
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.
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.
SOVA – SOVA 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 exchange – UNA 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.
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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