Be good with your time
28 September 2017 - Nick Boothroyd
Volunteering your time or expertise and doing noble deeds makes you feel good. It’s a great way to gain interesting life experience, make new friends and boost your CV while helping some very worthy causes.
The university has links with local charities and schools offering various volunteering opportunities from reading with children to helping horses and ponies through their rehabilitation. There are also opportunities further afield for those who like to travel.
Don’t worry if you have a hectic schedule we can match you with one-off volunteering experiences like helping out at St Gemma’s Hospice or Leeds Light Night as well as micro volunteering opportunities which can be done with just a moment of your time.
You’ll find something to fit your schedule, whether you want to help out for three minutes or three years. Here are just some of the ways we work with charities both at home and abroad, and how you can get involved...
Students’ Union Volunteering:
Want to get more out of your volunteering? Charity based volunteering involves making a regular commitment over a longer time period. For example, you may volunteer a few hours a week for six months or more, but this depends on your chosen opportunity. We have a wide range of roles and are linked with over 150 community partners, so you are bound to find something that suits your interests.
Events & One Off
This is a great way of getting involved in some of the biggest events in Leeds and your local communities without giving regular commitment.
It’s a way to experience some huge cultural, environmental and creative events that fit around your availability.
Micro volunteering is perfect if you have very little time to spare. Send a Tweet, sign a petition, write a postcard, whatever you’re doing it’s going to make a big difference in somebody’s life in a small amount of time. Find out more about micro volunteering here.
Student Led Projects
ou can make a big change and impact yourself. You don't have to wait for the right volunteering opportunity to come up, you can create your own role. If you have an idea of something you want to change and/or improve then speak to the who will help you every step of the way to set up your own projects.
Help out in our new thrift store
We now have an on-campus thrift shop and you can help out with this new initiative from the SU Volunteering Team and collect useful employability skills along the way.
You can help out with the design and layout of the shop, stock generation, management, volunteer recruitment, online marketing promotion and sales all of which require enthusiastic students to bring about a successful enterprise. If you are interested in getting involved contact Bea: email@example.com
Society based volunteering:
Raise money outrageously with RAG
RAG stands for Raise and Give and offers an excellent means to get involved in fundraising for local, national and international charities through an exciting range of activities and events. If you want to hitchhike across Europe to support cancer research, dress up as a bear, abseil down the Portland building wearing a onesie, take a bath in baked beans, or bake and sell some buns all to raise money and awareness for a good cause, you should join RAG!
If you have a business brain brimming with brilliant ideas our student-run Enactus group is for you. The Enactus group is a social enterprise society giving students the opportunity to run their own projects with a focus on creating commercially viable projects that benefit deprived communities.
Volunteering abroad is rewarding, challenging, horizon expanding and not to mention seriously good for your employability. You could join a team of staff and students working on community or environmental projects for a wide range of charities, travel to places such as Greece, Poland, Fiji and America to work with local people on worthwhile projects and immerse yourself in a new culture for up to seven weeks.
Help out a charity as part of your degree:
The SU have finance based volunteering opportunities helping charities keep their accounts in order, or volunteering with St Giles mentoring ex-offenders.
Change the world and set up your own social enterprise:
If you’re driven by a social or environmental goal, our Enterprise & Innovation Academy could help you every step of the way in setting up your very own social enterprise. Our University has links to local initiatives including: Leeds Community Foundation, The Ahead Partnership, Voluntary Action Leeds, School for Social Entrepreneurs, O2 Social Enterprise Awards and UnLtd social enterprise support.
That's not all:
There are many, many other opportunities, for example Leeds Beckett students from several schools and courses spent the summer making films at some major UK music festivals.
For further inspiration check out the Leeds Beckett Students' Union #GiveItaGo pages. Give it a Go is accessible, affordable (sometimes even for free!), no-commitment and of course, loads of fun!