Next week (8-12 February) sees the return of Student Volunteering Week – a celebration of all things volunteering. The past year has certainly shown the huge positive impact that volunteering can have, and how it can truly make a difference to people’s lives.
While COVID-19 has paused a lot, it hasn’t stopped people’s kindness and generosity. Students all over the country have stepped up to volunteer and help out. Whether it’s been sewing scrubs for NHS staff, helping to deliver food to those in need, giving free legal advice, or giving up their time for childcare, or even walking dogs. Student’s have made a huge difference and next week gives us the opportunity to say a massive ‘THANK YOU’ and celebrate all things student volunteering!
If you know someone who has gone above and beyond and is worthy of a nomination for a Volunteer of the Year Award, you can nominate them now.
Student Volunteering Week events
Across the week there’s a whole host of online sessions and opportunities to get involved with. Gather your housemates to take part in a quiz while raising money for local charities, or discuss the ethical issues around ‘voluntourism’ with a short film on the subject. If you’re looking for volunteering opportunities, there are information sessions on international volunteering, or volunteering in the Manchester community for those who want to stick closer to home.
If you’re in Manchester at the moment and feeling creative, you could join in the weeks big action session Postcards for Postpals. Decorate a postcard and write a cheerful letter to a child who has a serious illness to brighten their day and make them smile.
To find out more about all the events taking place during Student Volunteering Week and how to join, visit the University’s Student Volunteering Week webpages.
Volunteering is a great way to broaden your university experience, especially in current circumstances. It’s a way for you to meet new people and develop new skills while giving you a sense of achievement. You can also choose how much time you can commit, whether it’s a couple of hours or a few days – every bit makes a difference.