5 Reasons to Volunteer

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  • 1. Stand out from the crowd

    Employers expect graduates to gain more from university than a degree, so it pays to graduate with a diverse set of skills and experiences. Volunteering is a great way to develop skills such as communication, team work and time management, as well as many others.

    A recent study by Oxfam (2017) revealed that 80% of employers are more likely to offer jobs to applicants with some experience of voluntary work.

  • 2. Log your hours towards a KSCV / GSCV award

    Using the Toolkit on the website you can log any volunteering hours you do towards earning a KSCV / GSCV award which appears on your University transcript. There are different levels of awards, as well as many other methods of reward and recognition. To learn more click here!

  • 3. Improve your health and happiness

    Volunteers feel physically, emotionally and mentally healthier than non-volunteers. Feelings of fulfilment and pride, as well as increased self-esteem and a sense of purpose are just some of the benefits reported by volunteers.

  • 4. Be the change you want to see

    Whatever you’re passionate about, there is a charity or fundraising opportunity out there that you can contribute to. At GK Unions we have many existing groups you can join, as well as the opportunity to start a brand new group. You can make a huge difference, both to individuals and communities, in a variety of ways.

  • 5. Meet New Friends

    Volunteering with a cause you care about is a great way to meet new people with similar interests. Make lifelong friends, have fun and lend a helping hand.



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