Sunday 19-02-2017 - 10:00
Today is the start of Student Volunteering Week – an annual celebration of the contribution that students make to their communities and other causes through volunteering.
To mark the week, students across the country will be taking part in one-off volunteering activities aimed at showcasing the cheer range of activities that many students already take part in regularly, and introduce more students to the benefits of volunteering.
The week-long event, now in its 16th year and organised by the Student Volunteering Network, acts as a showcase for the diverse range of opportunities available to students who want to give something back, develop new skills, or build on existing knowledge.
Throughout the week, student volunteering teams at universities and colleges across the UK will organise activities around the themes of ‘participate, collaborate, celebrate.’
Activities planned for this year in particular include everything from sorting clothes for refugees, tea parties for the elderly and beach cleans.
Recognising the impact of student volunteering, Rob Young, NUS Vice President (Society and Citizenship), said: “With over 80,000 volunteers and having raised over nine million pounds in students’ unions last year, students have a brilliant story to tell about the impact that their volunteering has on each other and on wider society.”
Rob, added: “In every one of our 550 member Students’ Unions there is a wonderful story to tell about student volunteers and I am proud that once again NUS are a part of that national celebration for Student Volunteering Week”
Student Volunteering Week 2017 runs from Monday 20 – Sunday 26 February. For more details on what’s happening throughout the week, please visit www.studentvolunteeringweek.org.