Why volunteer as a student?

Students have a lot to gain from volunteering.

While you might think that most people choose to volunteer later in life, we have plenty of student volunteers from school, sixth form, university or on gap years who choose to share their talents with us.

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What can students get from volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to use your skills and talents to help others but it can benefit you in plenty of ways as well.

  • It’s a great way to get work experience: get a head start in the jobs market while you’re still studying or on a gap year and help your CV stand out from the crowd.
  • Add strength to your university application with your volunteering experience.
  • You can learn new skills that will help you in both your professional and personal life.
  • 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.
  • Build your confidence.


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What kind of volunteering can students do?

Whether during the coronavirus pandemic or in more normal times, we can offer a wide variety of volunteering opportunities that make a huge difference in supporting our NHS and people in communities.

Our volunteering opportunities are available to students 18 years old and above but we still have a lot to offer if you are younger, whatever your interests or talents.

You can help by:

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Volunteering in our NHS

Retail Volunteers are needed in our shops, cafés and trolley services to sell items such as food, drinks and hygiene products to patients, visitors and staff in our hospital or health care centre shops. We also have roles behind the scenes. Being in hospital or visiting friends and family can be a difficult time so volunteers will also be a friendly and compassionate point of contact for customers.


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Helping people stay safe during COVID-19

We’re here to help people stay safe and support our NHS and care sector during the coronavirus pandemic. If you are over 18, you could help by collecting shopping or medicines and delivering them to people who are staying at home or by making contact through friendly phone calls to check that someone at home is doing OK.


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Supporting people in our communities

At Royal Voluntary Service, our volunteers are always ready to respond to the needs of the day. Our face-to-face services in communities are slowly starting to re-open safely following the easing of lockdown or are adapting to allow for any restrictions due to coronavirus.

Search below for current volunteer opportunities.

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Find an opportunity near you