Volunteering is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your CV. Giving up your time will speak highly to prospective employers, but will also allow you to develop skills, gain experience and network, whilst giving something back to your community.
Here are some ideas to get you started…
1. MENTAL HEALTH
Birmingham Mind are looking for volunteers to enhance the support provided to individuals. Although the roles at Mind depend on your skills or area of interest, you can assist with administrative tasks or support workers during activity groups.
As part of your volunteering at Birmingham Mind, you will have access to their in-house training and will be allocated a supervisor for regular support. You can check out Birmingham Mind here.
2. CHARITY SHOPS
There’s plenty of opportunities in Birmingham city centre to get involved with retail. However, have you ever thought about volunteering in a charity shop?
You may be asked to sort donations, price goods, work on the till and create eye-catching window displays.
Red Cross assign their volunteers to a buddy or mentor who will help track progress as they learn new skills.
Want to develop your digital skills? British Heart Foundation have roles suitable for tech-savvy volunteers.
Oxfam are looking for volunteers who love festivals and want to give something back. You can become a steward and play a rewarding role in making sure every festival runs smoothly. Duties include providing directions, checking wristbands and patrolling campsites.
Love talking to the public? Volunteer as a campaigner to raise awareness of Oxfam’s work and inspire people to help beat poverty.
Is festival fashion your thing? The Oxfam Festival pop up shop is looking for volunteers too!
4. JOIN A NOT-FOR-PROFIT SOCIETY
Enactus Aston enables students to develop their skills whilst working to benefit others in the wider community on a volunteer basis.
Chance for Change is a project with the aim of getting refugees into employment. CV workshops, practice interviews and networking events are held to assist the refugees. In the long run, the aim is to set up a fully functional soup kitchen which is run by the refugees.
The Give Project is another project ran by Enactus Aston, the aim is to inspire young adults with autism and visual impairments and help them develop their entrepreneurial and employability skills.
Interested in joining the society? You can read more about how Enactus Aston will enhance your employability in a previous blog post, here.
Be realistic, ensure that voluntary work doesn’t interfere with your university studies, part-time job or other extracurricular activities.