Student volunteering

Why volunteer while you’re at uni?

Royal Voluntary Service student volunteering opportunitiesWell, 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.
  • If you’re too far away from your own grandparents to visit often, why not make someone else’s granny happy?

According to a recent 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 have opportunities in lots of areas. We need volunteers on hospital wards, in our shops and cafés or even taking a trolley round on the wards offering a little company to people who may not get many visitors. You can become a befriender either in person or over the phone, and we all know how much we like our phones! It's amazing how much comfort someone can get from a regular chat. You can be a Good Neighbour, helping an older person in your area with things like shopping and getting out and about on a regular basis. 

But that's not all...

We recognise that you have so many talents you can share. We need help organising events and fundraising plus we need tech-savvy people to update our website and Facebook pages.

If you have a particular skill, or want some experience putting your studies into practice in subjects like marketing or recruitment then do get in touch to 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 but others just help out when they can.

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 befriender, 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."

Find out how we can help

If you know a family member, friend or neighbour who is lonely or isolated, find out how your local Royal Voluntary Service can help.

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Real life stories

Find out more about volunteering with Royal Voluntary Service from the people who give their time to make life better for older people.

Meet our volunteers