All week from 20 – 26 February Universities across the country have been taking part in Student Volunteering Week, a celebration of all the incredible things that you do to make the world that little bit better. 

As well as doing some good, volunteering is fantastic for developing key skills, creating partnerships, gaining work experience, building social skills and ultimately becoming more employable.

But how exactly can you volunteer? Where do you start? If Student Volunteering Week has whet your appetite and you want to get involved, here are some of the best ways to do so in Hull!

Raising and Giving

RAG is the Hull University Union Raising and Giving group, raising money for local, national and international charities through events, challenges and whatever wacky ways they can come up with! And their efforts are no mean feat, just last semester they managed to raise over £25,000! Join them on Facebook or Twitter to see what they get up to and get involved.

Kick start your own idea

HUSSO is the Hull University Social Services Organisation, which all sounds very official, but it is really just an opportunity for you to pitch your own ideas for volunteering projects, then get the help and support you need to make it a reality. So have a think and get in touch!

Ads from local organisations

There are currently over 260 opportunities for students to join local charities, organisations and community groups over on the Hull University Union website. A staggering amount to chose from, but thankfully they’re all separated into handy categories and updated regularly, so you can pick something right for you.

Get First Aid aware

LINKS are an operational unit of St John’s Ambulance run entirely by students, where you can progress all the way from first aider to fully fledged ambulance crew. Fancy it? Start off by heading down to their First Aid For All awareness event in Meeting Room 6, Student Central on 24 February or catch up on Twitter.

Clean up the streets

Heroes are wanted for the great student spring clean! On 03 March Hull University Union are looking for volunteers to take part in a national litter pick event, aiming to give the streets of Newland Avenue a good old tidy. There’s even free pizza to say thanks to those taking part.

Run and Raise

Bit of a Mo Farah? RAG are running the Budapest Marathon in October to raise money for Action Against Hunger. The sign up deadline is 17 March, so we would recommend joining the Facebook event for important info on taking part.

Jailbreak

Jailbreak is an annual event set up by RAG which sees participants compete to get as far away from the University of Hull as possible… with no money! Sign up deadline is 05 May with the event taking place in June – stay tuned to Twitter for further details.