Welcome to the Student Volunteering Week blog

We showcase and discuss a range of different perspectives on student social action before and during the campaign. The more perspectives the merrier… why not write a blog post about yours?

SVW 2016 HighlightsTwo months ago, it was the first day of Student Volunteering Week 2016. SVW was a chance for collaboration between…Student Volunteer Centre at Nottingham SUThe Student Volunteering Network (SVN) is a national organisation supporting workers in FE and HE to improve student…SVW 2016 with Action at the University of LeedsSarah Finnigan, third year Geography student at the University of Leeds, and current Publicity Officer for Leeds…What has volunteering given me?LSU Action is the volunteering section of Loughborough Students’ Union. Over the course of nearly twenty years, it has…Volunteering: "Something I will always do!"Emma Phipps, aged 19, studies computer science and criminology at Keele University, and she shared why she got involved…Great ideas for sharing your SVW highlightsWhen SVW 2016 finished, we talked a lot about maintaining the momentum that you got from SVW. It's been amazing to…7 things DSU Volunteering learned from SVW2016Now that SVW 2016 is over, we're excited to share what some colleges and universities got up to. Today we hear from De…Volunteering: Why do it?SVW 2016 may be over, but student volunteering never is. Today Leon Ward, Project Manager for UpRising Cymru and…Lloyds Scholars: The double benefit of student volunteeringToday we've got a guest blog from the team at Lloyds Scholars , a programme offering financial support, employment…Students & SustainabilityStudent Volunteering Week celebrates the students who choose to give up their time to help others alongside their…#IVolunteerBecause: George from Loughborough SU ActionWe're continuing our #IVolunteerBecause series on the blog today with George Hones, a student at Loughborough…Maintaining momentum from SVW 2016Student Volunteering Week 2016 has come to an end, but we know that its impact can and should continue for the rest of…Sports and student volunteering: The Loughborough Volunteer AcademyHere's a guest blog from the folks from the Coach & Volunteer Academy at Loughborough University all about a perfect…When volunteering feels like an impossible taskToday we're hearing about education-related volunteering opportunities and student volunteers who are using their time…Balancing university and volunteeringWe know that student volunteering isn't always accessible to everyone, but today we hear from Isla, a student at…#IVolunteerBecause: Stacey Lyons from Keele UniversityLoads of you have been sharing your #IVolunteerBecause with us on social media, and today we're hearing more from…Calling all students: Voting counts!Today we're hearing from Rachael Farrington , a Politics student at Brunel University and founder of Voting Counts…7 things I've learned as a St John Ambulance Student VolunteerMore and more students are getting involved in first aid and rescue volunteering. One of our Award finalists, Jo…#IVolunteerBecause… “It brought me so much”Loads of you have been sharing your #IVolunteerBecause with us on social media, and today we're hearing more from…Student Volunteering Week 2016: Celebration Event at City HallYesterday afternoon, representatives from the charity, government and business sectors gathered at London’s City Hall…Volunteering at the Work and Play ScrapstoreToday we've got a guest blog from the Work and Play Scrapstore , a re-use organisation, based in Tooting, South…Award Finalist: Zoe WebberThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…Student Volunteer of the Year 2015: One year laterLast year during SVW 2015, we presented the Student Volunteer of the Year Award to Conor McGlacken , a student at…Award Finalist: Jo DevallThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…Award Finalist: Kathleen CrymbleThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…Student Volunteering Week hits RGUToday on the blog we're off to Aberdeen to catch up with Robert Gordon University Students' Union and find out why…Award Finalist: Liam RodgersThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…SVW at Lincoln Students' UnionFor SVW 2016 Lincoln Students’ Union are collaborating with our Careers & Employability Team to deliver a week of…Award Finalist: Samuel WongThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…Video blog: Further Education & Student Volunteering WeekThere are more FE teams than ever signed up for Student Volunteering Week 2016! We’ve made this video guide to support…Video blog: Getting press coverageThis information video has been produced for students and volunteering teams planning or doing Student Volunteering…Video blog: Charities and voluntary sector – get involved!We know that student volunteering isn’t limited to opportunities organised within the university, college, or sixth…Digital Engagement at Huddersfield SUHow Digital Engagement through UnionCloud transformed Huddersfield SU’s Volunteering Offer Today on the blog we hear…SVW: A chance to say 'Thank you'Today we're bringing you a staff perspective on Student Volunteering Week from the Student Volunteering Network, an…Video blog: Top tips for great SVW eventsMost volunteering teams organise one off, special events as part of their Student Volunteering Week celebrations. We…Engaging with the MediaThey say that video killed the radio star, but radio itself is far from buried, with an estimated 91% of the British…Student Volunteer of the Year Award — the shortlistThere were some tough, nail-biting decisions along the way, but our judges finally managed it: cutting our ten-strong…Introducing the SVW teamEver been curious about who writes the blog posts, sends the newsletters, takes the pictures, orders the t-shirts, and…Student Volunteer of the Year — the longlistNearly 100 nominations were submitted from all over the country for our annual Student Volunteer of the Year Award…SVW Bootcamps — the lowdown!Over two weeks in early December 2016, the Student Volunteering Week team went on the road to deliver SVW Bootcamps in…Craftivism for Student Volunteering Week 2016This year, Student Volunteering Week is all about two ‘Cs’ – Collaboration & Creativity. We would love to see…Proving and improving the impact of SVW activities in 2016One of the most exciting parts of running any event or activity is seeing the result of it, whether that’s a room full…How can student volunteering get you a place on a graduate scheme?I graduated from Warwick University in 2014 after three years of volunteering for St John Ambulance alongside my…What can I expect from a Student Volunteering Week Bootcamp?Our Student Volunteering Week Bootcamps are only a few weeks away! As student leaders from around the country prepare…Top Tips for Writing Award NominationsWith just over 5 weeks to go until Student Volunteer of the Year Award nominations close, Rachel from the SVW Team…Write a blog for SVW 2016!The Student Volunteering Week (SVW) blog aims to showcase a diverse range of perspectives on the annual campaign and on…Welcome to Student Volunteering Week 2016With 167 days to go until the start on Student Volunteering Week 2016, we are delighted to announce that SVW…SVW 2015 HighlightsSince Student Volunteering Week ended on 1 March, we've been gathering as much information as possible from those who…Danushri Srinivasan: How Small Things Make a Big DifferenceRecent research shows that 57% of further education students in the UK are taking part in social action. In this guest…Making a lasting difference through youth social actionGuy Horridge, Chief Exec of CVQO, shares his perspective on youth social action and how we can make it sustainable for…Student volunteers and the Portable Antiquities SchemeTo mark Student Volunteering Week, the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) surveyed their student volunteers to find out…Institution spotlight: SOASNow that SVW 2015 is over, we're excited to share recaps and highlights from colleges and unis across the UK. Today we…10 things we learnt from SVW 20151. Good luck stereotyping student volunteers Student volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds, are motivated by…5 ways to maintain the momentum of SVWWhile Student Volunteering Week 2015 technically ends on 1 March, its impact can and should continue for the rest of…Lizzie Stewart: What volunteering means to meA key aim of Student Volunteering Week is celebrating the positive impact that student volunteers make across the UK…And the winner is...On Monday 23 February 2015, we welcomed 200 guests to the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons for our annual…Student Volunteering Week 2015 begins!It's finally here! Today marks the official launch of Student Volunteering Week 2015, now in its fourteenth year…Award Finalist: Simon StringerThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…Award finalist: Conor McGlackenThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…Good Deed Day at the University of ExeterExeter Student Volunteers at the University of Exeter Students' Guild was one of ten groups to receive a £200 grant to…Award Finalist: Henry OwenThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…Award Finalist: Gary RutherfordThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…Award Finalist: Harriette PearsonThis week we are introducing you to the five students who have been shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year…Good Deed Day at University of Derby Students' UnionUniversity of Derby Students' Union was one of ten groups to receive a £200 grant to support their Good Deed Day plans…Making an Impact with SVWSeveral of you have been asking about our impact measurement recommendations for SVW 2015 and how your impact can be…Good Deed Day 2015 at Franklin CollegeFranklin College was one of ten institutions to receive a £200 grant to support their Good Deed Day plans. Their event…Ellie Lacey: What volunteering means to meI’m Ellie, and I’m in my third year of studying History at Oxford, looking forward to graduating (fingers crossed!) and…Student Volunteering Week: a staff perspectiveClick here to see other blog articles with advice for SVW planning Claire McLoughlin from UWL shares some tips from…SVW: From service to actionRaechel Mattey, VP Union Development at NUS, shares her reflection on the history of student volunteering and her…Hitting the Headlines During SVWAs SVW draws closer, it’s time to think about the local profile of the campaign. It’s one thing raising awareness of…The impact of student fundraisersVolunteering is a crucial aspect of fundraising for charities throughout the country. Fundraising efforts often rely on…Promoting your #SVW2015 events on TwitterIf you’ve gone to the trouble of organising an event for SVW 2015 you’d probably quite like some people to turn up. One…Mat Enright: What volunteering means to meVolunteering has been a big part of my life since I was a child. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia…Announcing the Student Volunteer of the Year Award Shortlist!It took dozens of nominations, a panel of six judges and many hours of deliberation, and we are delighted to announce…SVW 2015 Parliamentary CelebrationWe're delighted to announce that we're hosting a special Parliamentary Celebration in the House of Commons to launch…Throwback Thursday: Growth Mindset Mentoring at University of ExeterFor our third Throwback Thursday (#TBT) post, we're off to the University of Exeter to hear more about the challenges…Barclays and Student Volunteering Week 2015Barclays is proud to sponsor Student Volunteering Week, an incredibly important campaign to encourage and celebrate…Throwback Thursday: Microvolunteering at Sheffield Hallam SUTime for another Throwback Thursday ! This week we here from Sheffield Hallam Students' Union about a recent…Throwback Thursday: SVW 2014 at Bath Students' UnionThrowback Thursday (#TBT) is a brand new series where we'll be looking back at volunteering led by students around the…Ben Butler's 10 top tips for collaborationOne of the best things about SVW is that it's a great chance to look beyond the boundaries of your campus and work with…Charities, social enterprises and SVWThousands of students across the UK volunteer with local, national and international charities and social enterprises…Announcing the SVW 2015 grant recipientsThe SVW Team are delighted to announce the recipients of the SVW 2015 event grants. Volunteering centres from colleges…Getting ready for SVW: Part 2: Brainstorming!This is Part 2 of a series on how to prepare for Student Volunteering Week 2015. We’ll be exploring everything from…Institution spotlight: Teesside University"The team have surpassed our expectations in terms of their commitment, enthusiasm and creativity" In this institution…Announcing the SVW 2015 T-shirt designFollowing feedback from SVW 2014, the SVW Team decided to put the 2015 T-shirt design in the hands of those will be…"You'll never know until you try": Ideas for volunteering taster sessionsOne of the national aims of SVW 2015 is to inspire more students to get involved in volunteering. The classic saying…Getting ready for SVW: Part 1: Aims and impactThis is Part 1 of a series on how to prepare for Student Volunteering Week 2015. We’ll be exploring everything from…Student Volunteering Week Bootcamp"I absolutely loved the speakers, the workshops kept me very focused and were inspiring for my future plans. I loved…Getting ready for Student Volunteering Week 2015As Christmas approaches, many of you will be looking ahead to next term… A highlight of Term 2 in the student calendar…Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2014 Winner’s Case Study“Volunteering is a vital part of any thriving community and students make a significant impact in the work that they…Student Volunteer of the Year Award Finalist: JordanJordan was one of five students shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2014. Here, he shares his…Student Volunteer of the Year Award Finalist: PatrycjaPatrycja was one of five students shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2014. Here, she shares her…Student Volunteer of the Year Award Finalist: MichaelaMichaela was one of five students shortlisted for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2014. Here, she shares her…Guest Blog: The Access ProjectOur mission at The Access Project is to help motivated students from disadvantaged backgrounds win places at top…Courtney Giles: What volunteering means to me"I think University is a perfect time to either start volunteering or carry on doing more volunteering, as there are…Guest blog: Student Action for RefugeesAs the Volunteering Project Coordinator at Student Action for Refugees (STAR), I am lucky enough to work with hundreds…Ruth Taylor: My social action journeyRuth Taylor, Community Action Manager and SVW 2014 Lead for Student Hubs, shares her experiences of volunteering as a…Molly Whyte: What volunteering means to me"I was one of the ‘usual suspects’"… While at school, I had helped to lead the Sixth Form council and charity…We ask vinspired, "What's in it for the volunteer?"Rachel Stroud, Campaign Manager at Do Something, tells us a bit about what volunteers should expect to get out of…Institution spotlight: Essex UniversityThe volunteering team at Essex University have been having an awesome SVW. See what they’ve been getting up to below…Florence Steer: What volunteering means to meIt all started in those first few weeks of starting university… I was looking at volunteering opportunities in the…Callum Mackay: What volunteering means to meJust to quickly introduce myself, I am Callum Mackay and am currently a Business Development Manager for Leukaemia…Batool Raza: What volunteering means to meWhen I was in college, the word volunteering made me think of working in a charity shop or standing in the street…Institution spotlight: Exeter Students' GuildExeter’s Students’ Guild are having an extremely busy week celebration Student Volunteering Week. Take a look at their…Institution spotlight: Bath University SUThe V Team at the Students’ Union at Bath University, have come up with a great list of events for Student Volunteering…Sara Fernandez: The power of student volunteeringAt Student Hubs, we meet so many students who want to have a positive impact in the world – or, as we have short-handed…Fiona Ellison: What volunteering means to meStudent Volunteering Week is something I’ve been involved in ever since I was a student… When I was at University SVW…Institution spotlight: University of BrightonThe University of Brighton have got a whole host of events and activities planned for this week. Have a sneaky look…Institution spotlight: Cumbria University SUThe team at Cumbria have been hard at work prepping for a week filled with activities and events. Keep reading to find…Heritage of Care exhibitionOur Project The Heritage of Care project seeks to explore and portray the legacy of the early/longstanding volunteers…Rachel Waterworth – How volunteering led me to where I am todayA little while before heading off to the University of Exeter I spoke to one of my brothers friends at a party. He was…Claudia Dickens: 10 reasons why volunteering should be top of your to-do listIt’s my first day as a volunteer and I am crouched, damp and muddy, in an overgrown hedge… I’m desperately trying to…Matthew Proctor: What volunteering means to meThere are so many volunteering opportunities available to students at Imperial, which is one of the reasons I chose to…Institution Spotlight: Oxford and Oxford BrookesOn Wednesday, our brand new SVW committee met for the first time for a nice big brainstorm of our ideas for the week…Alex Bordoli: What volunteering means to meVolunteering was the best decision I ever made when I was a student… I mean the studying and time spent in the library…SVW 2014 institution spotlight - University of SouthamptonSouthampton Hub committee members and other student volunteers are working with SUSU to bring SVW 2014 to…