Student Volunteer Week

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Volunteering is an act which can enrich the lives of many, not just our own. The NHS say, “There’s good evidence that volunteering brings benefits to both the person volunteering and the people and organisations they support.”

Our very own Andrew Collins, Chief Technology Officer, is a volunteer. He volunteers weekly for Hi Kent and says, “I have found it far more enjoyable than I ever thought. Since starting I’ve realised that I really get something out of it. I’ve lived in my area for over 10 years but I now feel so much more a part of the community.”

In addition to community integration volunteering can assist one’s progress professionally also. One university student, quoted by The Guardian said, “It’s the simple things like writing a professional email or how to greet someone as you enter a room … the kind of things you can’t be taught and have to learn through doing the job,” which demonstrate the practical benefits volunteering can bring.

According to Forbes there are seven benefits being a volunteer offer:

1. Helping you acquire new skills

2. Engaging you in the world of work

4. Supporting you make new contacts

5. Getting a feel for today’s work environment

6. Gaining an in-depth knowledge about a specific cause

7. Growing your self-confidence

But for young people, volunteering can also broaden their perspective of life and themselves. Cry in the Dark, an organisation EduKit are partnered with for Student Volunteer Week offer volunteering opportunities to young people in Romania. Seeing the impact their work has demonstrates the value and power of contribution:

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Driven by our mission to support teachers and schools raise pupil attainment, we hope teachers find benefit from Cry in the Dark and the other fantastic organisations we are showcasing during ‘Student Volunteer Week.’

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