Voluntary work is an excellent way to gain the skills and experience you need while helping a great cause.  By volunteering, you can:

  • Help local communities
  • Gain employment skills
  • Give something back
  • Experience different cultures and a way 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).

Where to look

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.

BTCV*– a range of volunteering opportunities.

Cardiff Nightline* – is a confidential listening and information service for students of Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 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.

Do it* – national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK.

GAVO Wales* – 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.

National Council for Voluntary Youth Services* – works to inform and influence public policy and raise the profile of the voluntary and community sectors work with young people.



* – a number of volunteering opportunities from marketing, fundraising, outreach, variety of administrative roles or a listening role offering support to those who need it. 

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

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

VCS Cymru* – is the operating name of Voluntary Community Service (Cymru) – a registered charity which runs the Cardiff Volunteer Centre and has been working to match potential volunteers with opportunities to help in Cardiff since 1964.

Volunteering England* – support and increase in the quality, quantity, impact and accessibility of volunteering throughout England.

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

BUNAC* – a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in sending young people on working holidays and volunteer projects

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* –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.

Travellers World Wide* – provider of voluntary placements and work experience internships overseas.

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.  

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