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 scope out your career pathway. And on top of that volunteering supports all 5 of the NHS’ ways to wellbeing. So you can make a real difference to your own life as well as the communities around you. 

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 work experience and have proof of skills for you CV, portfolios and interviews. If you’re not sure which direction your degree will take you then why not try out a few options through volunteering - to get a taster of different professions. Volunteer Managers will often give you a reference but they can also open doors for you to meet people that will become your professional network.

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.

Volunteering awards

Please note: The UWE Bristol Futures Award is coming to an end on 31 December 2021.

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.

Other awards

Other national awards that you could apply for include: