Sugar, lemon and luxury chocs. Can we really beat February’s Valentine pancake sweetness? We think so! Get your fill of volunteering and enjoy some sweet rewards – achieve more, reduce stress, help others and explore new avenues. Jammy.
Aristotle once said the meaning of life is to ‘serve others and do good’. Deep. With that in mind, following Student Volunteer Week last month we wanted to dive into all things volunteering. Get a taste of the endless benefits below.
Volunteering is for everyone, and benefits everyone. And it needn’t be textbook. There’s a real chance to make it your own, help yourself and help others. If you’ve got the passion, you’ll fit right in. (We’ll give you a virtual pat on the back too). It’s like paying it forward to your future self. Who wouldn’t want to boost their self-confidence, improve their social skills, enhance their career and gain a fresh perspective? Exactly.
Martin's story, E2
"I was working in a standard job that I didn't have much passion for and someone said to me 'why not volunteer' in a job that you really want to do to get experience etc. So I started volunteering as a Youth Worker and shortly after as an I.T. Technician for a small charity which are both things I have a passion for. 12 years later I am the Chairperson of the youth centre I volunteered at and CEO of the charity I was helping with I.T. and I continue to volunteer to this day on numerous projects! There is no better feeling than knowing that the time you give is really helping others."
How to get involved
Want to give back to society? You’re not alone. Over 78% of students volunteer for this very reason. And 63% said their ability to lead and encourage others improved all from helping out. Tempted?
Check out FareShare, they’re the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. They’ve a range of do good, feel good roles from admin assistants to community fundraisers. Or why not research charities close to home? They’ll be thrilled to hear from you!
£200 in the bag
Whether it was from a gap year, internship or a random act of volunteering kindness, we hosted a competition for our followers, fans and volunteer buddies asking them to send in their fun-filled volunteering photo evidence in exchange for a chance to win a £200 Virigin Experience voucher. Not bad hey? All to celebrate those who volunteer and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Keep an eye out for the winners and more competitions here.