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Volunteering Week 2021

By FLcs 12 May 2021

Volunteers Week takes place between 1st-7th June every year. The aim of the week is to recognise and celebrate the contribution that volunteers make to the communities. Volunteers have played a key role in the pandemic so it’s more important now than ever to come together and thank all the volunteers for their hard work and help. The Volunteers’ Week is supported by small and large organisations all across the UK, who together run hundreds of activities that showcase and celebrate volunteers and their contribution.

To join in the celebration, this year the Volunteers’ Week activities include The Big Lunch. It will take place from the 5th June and you can join in online, on your doorstep, in a park or anywhere else you want. It’s your chance to celebrate your community connections, fellow volunteers and talk about your personal experience volunteering! To get your free Big Lunch pack, follow the link below:  

Where you can find volunteering opportunities in Coventry:

The main place to look for volunteering opportunities is the Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU)! CUSU Volunteers department offers hundreds of volunteering opportunities and helps you secure them, whether it’s in the local community, on-campus or further. They list over a 100 organisations and charities for you to choose from, so chances are, you’ll find a perfect role for you with no issues. Follow the link below to access the CUSU volunteering opportunities:

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What can you gain from volunteering as a student?

In addition to leaving a positive impact in your local community, volunteering can be a great way to enhance your skills and experience on the CV. This, in return, can help you find a part-time or full-time job easier as the employers will often ask for skills and experience in customer service or just any previous work experience. Also, when searching for a placement or a graduate job, you will want your CV to stand out and show that you have used your University years to full potential.

You can do this by getting specific experience, depending on your degree. For example, if you’re an event management student, the best way for you to get experience is volunteering at events! Since Coventry is the City of Culture 2021, there are lots of events coming up so it’s a great time to get involved! Some other places you can check out include checking whether there are any opportunities at Ricoh Arena or promoted by your university lecturers. Same goes for any other course, if you’re a sport management student, see if you can volunteer at sports events (at Ricoh Arena or SkyDome). Or, if you’re looking to volunteer to build up some generic workplace skills, this is even better as there are a lot of opportunities that you can get involved in (promoted by the CUSU!).

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