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Experience Works


Each October USW Careers holds our flagship volunteering fair, Experience Works.   This year, we are going virtual and have been engaging with the volunteering organisations we work with to put together the information below, highlighting how volunteering can help you gain valuable and practical work experience. 

If you like what you see, we’d really appreciate a mention on your social media channels #USWExperienceWorks2020 

Why volunteer?

All students should aim to undertake work experience at some point within their University course, and volunteering is a great option.  It’s very often flexible, working around your timetable, part-time job and other personal commitments.  Volunteering will increase your transferable skills that are essential to portray when applying for a graduate job.  It can also give you the option to test drive a career path you have in mind and build your professional contacts at the same time.    In some cases, volunteering can be applied to placement modules, although this should be checked with your academic first. Find out how you get involved and make a difference by booking onto the webinars below.

Webinars

We’re pleased to announce that the following organisations will be hosting live webinars during Virtual Experience Works Week.  Please join to find out what each organisation does and how you can get involved.

Skills Volunteering Cymru, SVC (previously Student Volunteering Cardiff) 
 
Skills Volunteering Cymru (SVC) is an independent volunteer-led charity established in 1971. Our aim is to enhance the lives of disadvantaged groups living within the South-East Wales area through the development of our volunteering projects. We currently run over 30 volunteer-led projects which provide support to various groups including children and adults with disabilities, adults with mental health conditions, older people, homeless people, young carers, and youths who are experiencing difficulties at school. We additionally work in partnership with Cardiff Council, RCT Council, and South Wales Police to deliver projects which aim to make South-East Wales a safer and greener community. 

This is a bookable event.  Click here to book a place. 

Valleys Steps is a charity that delivers free self-help courses in the communities of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend.  Our new student project, Steps to Student Wellbeing, aims to co-produce a range of support for student wellbeing, working with students to develop services for students. To do this, we need you! Your contribution will be invaluable for making sure what we develop is right for students which is key to the project success. Ultimately, the project is trying to reduce the number of students who need to access crisis services by developing support that is accessible and tailored to students' needs. More broadly, we would like to work towards building a positive open environment around mental health in colleges and universities in the RCT and Merthyr areas. 

This is a bookable event.  Click here to book a place. 

Citizens Advice Witness Service

Witness Service is run by Citizens Advice. We provide free and independent support for both prosecution and defence witnesses in every criminal court in England and Wales. Our trained volunteers provide practical information about the process, as well as emotional support to help witnesses feel more confident when giving evidence. 

Victim Support Hate Crime Team 

Victim Support is an independent charity. We are dedicated to supporting people affected by crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales, and we put them at the heart of our organisation. Our support and campaigns are informed and shaped by them and their experiences. 

This is a bookable event.  Click here to book a place. 

Prison Advice & Care Trust PACT

Pact is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families through a range of services. 

Wales Probation Services

The Volunteer Mentor Unit is part of Wales Probation Services (part of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, operated by Seetec). Our volunteers work with service users across all levels of risk, and we support them to fulfil their work and personal goals. Our goal is to reduce reoffending and in doing so, improve the lives of potential victims as well as perpetrators of crime. We do this specifically by steering people away from offending. 

This is a bookable event.  Click here to book a place. 

Newlink Wales

NewLink Wales is part of platform and is a wellbeing charity that works with anyone affected by, or at risk of, behaviours that are harmful to health and wellbeing. The charity’s mission is to help build sustainable, long-term positive change for individuals and communities.  

Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service NPCVS

Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service (NPTCVS) is a Voluntary organisation with Charitable status. Supports voluntary groups within the Neath Port Talbot County Borough area. Recruits and trains volunteers for placing in a variety of settings with a variety of local groups, and individuals. Advises on funding and governance issues. 

This is a bookable event.  Click here to book a place. 

FareShare Cymru works to fight food poverty by tackling food waste. We take surplus edible food from the food and drink industry (food that would otherwise be wasted) and redistribute it to organisations in Wales that feed people in need, turning an environmental problem into a social solution. 

This is a bookable event.  Click here to book a place. 


Do you have a question about Volunteering? 

Tuesday 20th October – Q & A session with USW Placements 3pm-4pm 

This is a bookable event.  Click here to book a place. 

Lucy John and Gethyn Lewis, USW Careers Work Placement Partners, are available to answer any questions you might have about volunteering.  This session is for questions only so you can drop in at any time between 3 and 4pm on Tuesday 20th October.  


GO Wales Coffee & Chats 

Wednesday 21st October - Coffee & Chat 11am-12pm  

This is a bookable event.  Click here to book a place. 

Thursday 22nd October - Coffee & Chat 2pm-3pm  

This is a bookable event.  Click here to book a place. 

Drop in to find out more about work experience with GO Wales.  If you are feeling worried about getting work experience and looking to develop your employability skills, then come and meet our GO Wales advisers for an informal chat. Bring your cuppa and biscuits! 

Find out about the organisation and the opportunities

CareersConnect.pngJobs board where you can find all the latest opportunities posted by voluntary organisations.  You can select Voluntary as a “job type” to focus your search. We recommend signing up for the weekly alerts to make sure that you don’t miss out on anything (or daily if you are really keen!). 

USW Careers are here for you

We can help you find your career direction, you can get your CV checked, book a mock interview, explore your freelancing options, secure a placement, build your experience, develop your network, be employable and get inspired.

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We can help you search, find and apply for a voluntary opportunity. Our website is the best place to start with lots of resources and signposting to all of our services. Including resources to help you stand out from the crowd when writing a CV, Cover Letter, Application Form & preparing for an Interview with a voluntary organisation. 

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This programme can be applied to volunteering and will provide you with guidance on what to do throughout the whole process from beginning to end. Along the way, you will enhance your personal brand by developing your CV and interview skills in readiness for making an application to volunteer. You will also develop workplace skills to prepare you for the professional world after graduation.

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We offer careers appointments for USW students and graduates via Microsoft Teams (video) and via telephone.If you have a dedicated Work Placement Partner please contact them directly via email.

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A work placement is period of relevant, academically supervised work experience assessed as part of a programme of study.  This work experience may include volunteering so have a look at our advice and support.

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The GO Wales Work Experience Programme is for students who are struggling to access work experience including volunteering.  Advisers provide one to one support to help you work through any problems you are experiencing with work experience, help you to increase confidence, and to source an opportunity that is relevant to your career plans.

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We arrange a calendar of workshops - designed to assist you in making applications for voluntary opportunities.  Voluntary organisations may also host webinars to introduce themselves and provide information on the roles they have available.

Keep up to date with the latest from @USWCareers.

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