Student Volunteering Week kicks off in Salford

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Events across Salford will be taking place from the 19th to the 25th February to mark Student Volunteering Week.

This year is the 17th annual Student Volunteering Week, and is focused on ‘Student Civic Engagement’  and how student volunteering benefits this.

According to research, 73% of employers surveyed said that they would employ someone who has volunteered over someone who hasn’t. Therefore, students are being encouraged to give up their time to volunteer to increase their employability and connect with the local community.

Molly Whyte, Communications Manager for Student Hubs, a charity that co-runs the National Student Volunteering Week campaign, stated: “Student Volunteering Week is a unique opportunity for volunteers, colleges, universities and local organisations to support their communities. The Week highlights the contributions of student volunteers and promotes ways for people to start volunteering.

“So far, popular activities have included tea parties for older people, cleaning up local parks, youth theatre workshops and micro-volunteering activities on campus, such as writing letters for Amnesty International or making cards for children in hospital.”

Salford Council for Voluntary Services (Salford CVS), are running Volunteer drop-ins every Thursday between 10am-7pm, where students can talk through their volunteering options without having to make an appointment in advance.

Salford CVS have also created an online portal, where students can search for local volunteering opportunities.

Claire Roberts, Development Worker at the Volunteer Centre Salford stated: “The volunteer drop in takes place at our office in The Old Town Hall in Eccles every Thursday 10am-7pm. No appointment is needed and it’s for anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering in Salford and the opportunities available. At the drop in we will then register you on our volunteering portal.”

Roberts continued, saying: “Student Volunteering Week is a great opportunity for us to highlight the benefits of volunteering and to let students know how they can get involved. I would encourage students to have a look on our portal to see the exciting and interesting volunteering opportunities that are available.”

Universities and students across the UK can join in with the week using the #SVW2018 hashtag.

Students are also being urged to look out for tweets from the Salford Volunteer Centre throughout the week, highlighting all of the benefits gained from volunteering in Salford.

If you wish to book an appointment at Salford CVS to discuss volunteering opportunities in Salford, please contact Claire Roberts on 01617877795 or email claire.roberts@salfordcvs.co.uk

For more information on how to get involved in Student Volunteering Week, click here.

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