Students give back to the city

Hundreds of students will have the opportunity to give their time to help charities and not-for-profit organisations at the University of Portsmouth’s annual Volunteering Fair on Wednesday 4 October.

Students will have the opportunity to give their time to help charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Students will have the opportunity to give their time to help charities and not-for-profit organisations.

The Fair, which is organised by the University’s Careers and Employability Service, will take place from 12-3pm in the Third Space of the University’s Students’ Union. It gives a unique opportunity for students, graduates and staff to speak directly to representatives from a broad range of organisations about volunteer roles available in the local community.

Jane Howe, the University’s Volunteering and Community Engagement Officer, said: “The annual volunteering fair is one of the University’s flagship events. It helps us ensure that all of our students are undertaking at least one career enhancing activity, and provides a great opportunity for us to showcase some of our third sector partners, the work they do and the roles they would like our students to volunteer for.

“It’s a hugely positive and energising event. The students get the chance to gain some great experience for their CV and at the same time can give something back to the city they have chosen to study in.”

Portsmouth students are increasingly recognising the benefits of volunteering, with the Careers and Employability Service recording 1,332 student volunteers in the 2016/17 academic year. This resulted in 54,218 hours of voluntary work being undertaken.

For example, students volunteered for Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS) in various roles including on their telephone helpline or their prevention work in local secondary schools.

Employer’s value volunteer experience too, in a recent Volunteer Impact Survey Deloitte found that 82 per cent of employers would be more likely to choose a candidate with volunteer experience on their CV.

The fair will be attended by 45 local charities and not-for-profit organisations including the British Red Cross, No.6 Cinema, the Stroke Association, Portsmouth Youth Offending Team, the Mary Rose Museum, Code Club and Portsmouth Abuse & Rape Counselling Service (PARCS).

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