Reasons to volunteer

Not sure if volunteering is for you? Let us tell you more.

You'll make a real difference when you volunteer – and it’s not just about what you can do for others. Volunteers get a lot out of the experience too.

The feel-great factor

Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. You don't get paid, but you do get the chance to use your talents, develop new skills and experience the pleasure that comes from making a real difference to other people's lives, as well as your own.

Give your CV a boost

Employers value volunteering experience. A survey conducted by TimeBank and Reed.co.uk of 700 of the UK’s leading businesses showed that:

  • 73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteer experience over one without
  • 94% believe that volunteering adds to skills
  • 58% say that voluntary work experience can often be more valuable than experience gained in paid employment.

"By carrying out voluntary work, I am able to gain an insight into various types of childcare and child services. It also looks great on your CV, so I would recommend volunteering to everyone, no matter what their interests!"

Jennifer, BA(Hons) Early Childhood, volunteered with Playbus

Jennifer, BA(Hons) Early Childhood volunteered with Playbus

Get into work

It’s a great way to get a reference and gain work experience. You can try out different types of work to get a taster – which can really help you if you’re looking for a job or want to explore career directions.

Improve your confidence

You’ll learn and do things that you might not normally get the chance to. It'll make you feel good and is a real confidence booster.

Catherine's experience

Catherine, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities), talks to us about taking part in Project Zulu and how it helped her gain confidence and transferable skills.

Improve your health

While you’re busy giving back to your community, you could also be getting healthier! Research has found that volunteering can do everything from helping you to sleep better to boosting your immune system.

Meet new people

Volunteering with people who are as passionate about a cause as you are is a great way to connect. It's likely you'll meet people from different cultures and backgrounds, uniting for a shared cause.

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What you will get out of it

Whilst you’ll want to make a real difference when you volunteer, it’s not just about what you can do for others. Volunteers get a lot out of the experience too. At UWE Bristol Volunteering we believe that good volunteering is rewarding for everyone involved.

It could count towards your studies

There are ways that volunteering can support your modules. Please read our information on confirming your placement to get it approved for your course.

It's free

All of your out-of-pocket expenses, including travel, should be refunded by the organisation that you volunteer with, so make sure you ask them how to reclaim your expenses. If an organisation is unable to meet your expenses, then we can help. Contact the volunteering team to find out more.

UWE Bristol Futures Award

The UWE Bristol Futures Award is an employability award that is open to all full-time and sandwich undergraduate students at the University. It is designed to help you learn new skills, gain confidence and improve your graduate job prospects.

Take part by registering today and participating in three different activities chosen from a wide range of interesting and challenging options.

When you have completed 25 hours of volunteering it can count as one activity towards your award. Use this volunteering record sheet to keep track of the hours that you have spent volunteering and the work that you have carried out. Your signed record sheet will verify your volunteering for the award – just submit it with your award portfolio entry.

Change Maker Award

In addition to the UWE Bristol Futures Award you can also achieve the Change Maker Award if you have completed 25 hours of green activity with a sustainability focus. The Change Maker Award recognises and rewards students' efforts to help tackle sustainability issues. All you need to do is tick a box and complete a short reflection when you submit your activity for the UWE Bristol Futures Award.

Celebrating UWE Talent ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award

Celebrating UWE Talent is UWE Bristol's prestigious annual event which recognises the outstanding achievements of talented UWE Bristol students in various work-based, employability-related activities.

Your volunteering could win you the accolade of 'Volunteer of the Year'! See how to nominate yourself.

Other awards

Other national awards that you could apply for include: