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 Kent Union 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.