Student Volunteering 2018

 Written by Nicky Lowes

In the wake of Student Volunteering Week 2018 and the upsurge of interest we've had in regards to student volunteering, this week's Citizens Celebrates blog is focusing on the practice. Citizens Advice Gateshead has a long history of working with student volunteers, offering an arena in which young people can gain valuable work experience whilst aiding their local community.

Volunteering whilst studying has a significant impact on future employment prospects; 51% of recent graduates under 30 who are in paid work highlighted that volunteering helped them to secure employment. In an increasingly competitive job market, volunteering experience can help a resume shine.

Student Volunteers with their training certificates: Sam Payne Web and Email Advisor and Caitlin Wilcox Generalist Adviser 

Additionally, with over a quarter of students suffering from mental health problems, it's important to note that volunteering has been proven to have a positive effect on mental health. Volunteers at Citizens Advice Gateshead have supported this; in our last annual report 80% of our volunteers expressed that their work here had a positive impact on their mental health.

However, the greatest benefit that student volunteering offers is the opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable people in the local community. Citizens Advice Gateshead helps 13,000 people each year deal with their problems and whilst the charity is open to everyone, we often aid those most marginalised within society.

There are a range of student volunteering opportunities available at Citizens Advice Gateshead in numerous different areas, varying from one week placements to long-term commitments. We've also recently begun a new volunteering scheme for those who want to work flexible hours, called Friends of Citizens Advice; it's perfect for students.

If you want more information head to our volunteering webpage or email [email protected]