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Student volunteering

Student volunteering at Royal Voluntary ServiceWhy volunteer as a student?

Well, students have a lot to gain!

  • It’s a great way to get work experience - get a head start in the jobs market while you’re still studying and help your CV stand out from the crowd.
  • You can learn new skills.
  • Meet new people and expand your social horizons - our volunteers are all ages and come from all walks of life.
  • Get a break from your studies by doing something worthwhile.

According to a report by NUS, 750,000 students across the country volunteer each year and 60% of these do so at least once a week.

What volunteering can I do?

We offer a wide variety of volunteering opportunities. You’ll be providing practical help which makes a big difference to the lives of people in need in hospital, at home and in the community. For instance, you could:

  • Be a Community Companion, visiting people that need support in their own homes and keeping in touch with them regularly by phone.
  • Do shopping, make appointments and help clients at home get and about on a regular basis.
  • Run social activities, exercise classes or cook and serve meals at local community lunch clubs.
  • Chat, read and play games with patients on hospital wards and settle older people back into home after a hospital stay.
  • Serve healthy refreshments to hospital patients, visitors and NHS staff in our Royal Voluntary Service shops and cafes.
  • Run a hospital trolley service round, chatting with patients and delivering reading materials, snacks and essentials.

But that's not all...

We recognise that students have lots of skills to share. We need help organising events and fundraising, plus we need tech-savvy people to update our social media. If you have a particular skill or want some experience putting your studies or interests into practice in subjects like marketing or recruitment, then get in touch and tell us how you can help.

"But I don’t have enough time…"

We know your studies come first but that’s OK - you can volunteer as much or as little time as you can spare. Some of our volunteers make a regular commitment, others help when they can. We’ll find a flexible volunteering role that works for you.

Sonia is a 3rd year Biomedical sciences student at Brunel University. She wanted to give something back to her community so once a week, she volunteers as a dementia friend, spending a couple of hours with a dementia patient.

"The first couple of weeks were a bit strange as I didn’t really know her but now she’s become a friend. She likes hearing all about my life at uni and her daughter says she really looks forward to my visits. Just your presence there makes a huge difference to someone else’s life - it’s something good to do."

Get in touch

If you have any questions or to find out more about volunteering for Royal Voluntary Service please contact us on 0330 555 0315 or email

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What we do

Real life stories

Find out more about volunteering with Royal Voluntary Service from the people who give their time to support people in need in hospital, in home and in the community.

Meet our volunteers