“It was good and busy – a lot of people who were very keen on actually starting volunteering with us – which was a very nice surprise…”
Last Thursday saw the much-anticipated return of Westminster University’s annual Volunteering Fair, held in the historic setting of Fyvie Hall on our Regent Campus. With over 20 charities and around 200 students in attendance, it was a lively and exciting afternoon, which provided a host of students with the chance to speak directly with charity representatives and explore opportunities to volunteer alongside their studies.
Charities in attendance came in all shapes and sizes. Alongside local concerns such as Hackney Pirates and Team Westminster, several national and international charities were also represented, including British Red Cross, The Children’s Society and Intercultural Youth Exchange. By volunteering a few hours each week, students were invited to develop their skills and interests in a host of different areas. Opportunities ranged from local education, counselling and charity communications to national and international placements and advocacy addressing development, gender, disability and refugee support.
The charities’ perspective
Housing For Women exhibitor, Maria, remarked that: “It was a very good fair [and] a lot of people came to our stand … I’ve been coming to Westminster volunteering fairs for a while now [so] we’ve had a lot of students from Westminster who’ve been involved with us.”
“They became involved in … administration, finance, maintenance, research [plus] face-to-face support with clients and service users … offering emotional support, practical assistance, befriending and mentoring.”
With a marked increase in student volunteering at Westminster over the past year, it is an exciting time to get volunteering. As British Red Cross exhibitor and recent graduate Pavel remarked:
“We are here not only to get help for ourselves but to help students get what they want from volunteering … [we] accommodate their needs so they can actually get the experience that’s most helpful to them.”
Missed the fair?
If you missed this year’s Volunteering Fair, don’t worry! Whatever your interests and availability, we’re here to help you find your opportunity. To learn more about what’s on offer, why not email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or search for our latest vacancies on the Engage platform? Whether you’re a student or a charity representative, we’d love to help you find the right fit.
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