Do something rewarding, volunteer!
Don't miss out on some of the latest volunteering roles available.
Volunteering can also be logged as part of your 10 hours experience required to complete Level Two of your Career Development Journey to gain the Leicester Award.
Volunteering can be a fun, rewarding and flexible way of enhancing your employability. It gives you the opportunity to gain worthwhile experience, develop a range of valuable skills and help make informed career choices. What’s more, it’s a great way of meeting new people and making a real difference to your local community!
Search and Apply for Volunteering Opportunities
- Check out the Latest Volunteering Opportunities webpage and apply via MyCareers
- Subscribe to our Vounteering Bulletin to receive regular updates - simply update your email preferences on MyCareers
- Log your hours online to also gain recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) - see here for the number of hours required
What types of volunteering opportunities are there?
There are a wide range to choose from so you can choose something that suits you and the time you have available.
What's the difference between volunteering and unpaid work experience?
Both unpaid work experience and volunteering will help you to develop the skills that you need when applying to jobs or further study.
The key difference being that volunteering roles allow you to benefit the community and/or individuals whereas unpaid work experience is not usually aimed at helping others in such a direct way.
Benefits of volunteering:
- It makes a difference working for a cause that you can be truly passionate about - it can be a genuinely life-changing experience
- It looks great on your CV and sets it apart from others - studies show that when recruiting, 80% of employers value volunteering on a CV
- Volunteering is good for your mind and body with research showing those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who don’t. It's also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.
- Can provide an insight into a particular career and allow you to build professional networks.
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