Student Volunteering Week (SVW) 24 February - 2 March 2014, is a nationwide celebration of student volunteering, which has traditionally taken place each spring. Now in its 13th year, SVW brings together organisations from all sectors to promote and celebrate the volunteering efforts of students across the Universities and Colleges in the UK. In Northern Ireland, Volunteer Now works to support local colleges and universities in recognising their student volunteers and recruit new volunteers during the week.
The Week gives organisations the opportunity to promote volunteering and also to recognise the contributions already made by students across Northern Ireland to the lives of individuals, their community or the environment.
Volunteering can help students develop skills and experience and is a great addition to their CV. Volunteering can also help students engage with new communities if they are living away from home.
Individuals aged between 16-24 years are among those most likely to volunteer and this age group are most likely to volunteer with organisations involved in sport or exercise. This presents a real challenge to the stereotypical image of students and young people.
Your organisation can get involved in Student Volunteering Week by recognising and celebrating current volunteers through publicity in your local papers, your newsletter, notice board, holding a thank you event or use the week to launch a recruitment drive.
Volunteer Now's youth team will be visiting Universities and Colleges across Northern Ireland in the run up to and during Student Volunteering Week to promote volunteering.
Visit our Student Volunteer Week pages for more information on our events and for resources on student volunteering.
Volunteering to swap roles for the day!
Jose Varandas, a student at the University of Ulster volunteers his services to Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir at a celebration in Café Vaudeville to mark the end of Student Volunteering Week. The event, organised by Volunteer Now, recognised students from across Northern Ireland who have been involved in volunteering activites for a wide range of organisations.