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More and more students are volunteering while they are studying at university or college. 

Volunteering is an excellent way to have fun and give something back to the local community, whilst getting to meet new people who share your interests.

Volunteers also gain an impressive array of skills and experience which can contribute to an impressive CV and enhance employability.

Read on to find out how you can get involved!


There are a huge variety of different volunteering opportunities in York so whatever your passion there will be something you'll want to get involved with. Popular areas include working with children and young people; ex-offenders; the homeless; people with disabilities; the elderly and helping out with environment based projects.  

You can find out more about local volunteering projects that students are involved in in our new guide: 'Students in the Community: volunteering in York'.

Megan Pitman north york moors use 2Why volunteer?

Students volunteer for a wide range of reasons: to give something back to their communities; to develop transferable skills such as communciation, teamwork and problem-solving; to get to know new people with similar interests and to have fun! 

People who've volunteered and developed these skills often end up progressing ahead of the rest of the field when it comes to job applications post-graduation.


How do I volunteer?

All of the universities and colleges in York offer opportunities to get involved with volunteering and RAG (raising and giving) through student-led projects working with the community.

Contact your university or college's volunteering department/ member of staff for ideas:

Askham Bryan College

University of York

York College

York St John University

Jake, Abs & MillieYou may also want to contact the York Council for Voluntary Service (CVS). York CVS is based in the city centre and helps people to find suitable volunteering placements. It also offers advice to volunteers and organisations recruiting volunteers, on all aspects of volunteering. Visit their website to find out: www.yorkcvs.org.uk

You can also search for volunteering opportunites across the UK on the Do-it and Time Bank websites:

Do-It: https://do-it.org 
Time Bank: http://timebank.org.uk

If you have a volunteering opportunity that you would like to publicise to students, please contact us.

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All award winners smallerHigher York Volunteering Awards


Every year we celebrate the contribution of students from across York's universities and colleges at the Higher York Volunteering Awards.

Find out more about this year's awards.