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There’s a lot to do in and around Chester when it comes to volunteering and not just on the University campus.

For me, volunteering is great because it allows me to do something which has nothing to do with my degree and there’s no stress to it. It makes it so easy to lose yourself in the work. None of the volunteering events I’ve been to have been stressful.

Volunteering at the University

Most of the volunteering I do at the University has to do with potential students. I am an Outreach Ambassador, a Student Ambassador and a Digital Student Ambassador. Even though it was about four years ago that I was looking at universities, I still remember how it was and how difficult it can be finding all the information to choose which university is best for you. It’s great to be able to give back and help the next year of students to make this decision.

The Chester Difference Award

The Chester difference Award is an award that all students can work towards throughout their degree - no matter what they’re studying or what level. To get it there’s a few different points that need to be met - including a task of volunteering hours, BUT there is also another option to be a Student Ambassador.

All of these points are meant to help with employability skills and I have definitely found that they have! At the start of university, I wouldn’t have dared to stand in front of a group of strangers talking - now I’m quite happy to do so because I’ve been involved with the student ambassador scheme.

Volunteering and Mentoring team

At the University they have a whole team to help find volunteering opportunities in the community - from fundraising for charities to working with certain groups of people to make them feel better.

The Volunteering team work with over 100 providers to offer a wide range of activities for students to get involved in from working in a charity shop to conservation projects or helping out at an event. If there’s something else you’re interested in, the team also help set up student-led projects, offering training, advice and funding to help you get started.

Student-led groups and more!

One student-led group is a dog walking project which always shares cute pictures on social media (worth giving them a follow).

There are loads of other opportunities out there - as long as you can find them! Such as: Brownies, helping out with local churches and helping out in local schools or a college. And there’s a system to log your volunteering hours. At every milestone, there is acknowledgment of how many hours you’ve done. And trust me, it’s so easy to rack up those hours! I’ve already done about 400 in three years!

So, if you want to get involved, why not start this week? Our Volunteering team at the University are hosting Student Volunteer Week where you can get involved in a range of activities and events – including ‘Give It A Go’ sessions to help you discover what you enjoy doing.

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