There are a huge variety of different volunteering opportunities in York so whatever your passion there will be something you'll want to get involved with. Popular areas include working with children and young people; ex-offenders; the homeless; people with disabilities; the elderly and helping out with environment based projects.
You can find out more about local volunteering projects that students are involved in in our new guide: 'Students in the Community: volunteering in York'.
Students volunteer for a wide range of reasons: to give something back to their communities; to develop transferable skills such as communciation, teamwork and problem-solving; to get to know new people with similar interests and to have fun!
People who've volunteered and developed these skills often end up progressing ahead of the rest of the field when it comes to job applications post-graduation.
All of the universities and colleges in York offer opportunities to get involved with volunteering and RAG (raising and giving) through student-led projects working with the community.
Contact your university or college's volunteering department/ member of staff for ideas:
You may also want to contact the York Council for Voluntary Service (CVS). York CVS is based in the city centre and helps people to find suitable volunteering placements. It also offers advice to volunteers and organisations recruiting volunteers, on all aspects of volunteering. Visit their website to find out: www.yorkcvs.org.uk.
You can also search for volunteering opportunites across the UK on the Do-it and Time Bank websites:
If you have a volunteering opportunity that you would like to publicise to students, please contact us.