Future Steps - Into Volunteering

Outwood Volunteering Scheme

Do you gain satisfaction from helping others? If so, you should sign up for our Outwood Volunteering Scheme.

It's an excellent opportunity to make a difference in the community, whilst gaining vital experience and increasing your employability skills for the future. It also fulfils the requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The scheme runs throughout the year and you can fit it around your studies on any day, evenings, weekends and holidays.

Why take part in this scheme?

When recruiting, a number of career areas look specifically for the type of people who are selflessly and generously willing to help others. Medicine, physiotherapy, nursing and primary teaching particularly require evidence of the exact amount of voluntary service hours you have completed.

You may wish to participate in the Outwood Volunteering Scheme in order to fulfil your enrichment requirement and enhance your CV, whilst making a contribution to the community. You are encouraged to find your own voluntary work as soon as possible, preferably before the start of term in September.

Where can you volunteer?

Help is always needed in primary, secondary and special needs schools. Volunteers are welcome at local hospitals, hospices and residential homes and centres for the elderly, however these can take a while to organise, so you are advised to get in touch as soon as possible. Charity shops, Brownies, Cubs and youth clubs are always on the look out for help.

How to get involved?

Whatever you choose to get involved with, with receipt of satisfactory feedback from your placement, you will be issued with a certificate for demonstrating regular commitment to your volunteering over the year. If you are already volunteering, please let us know so you can gain the benefits of being part of the Outwood Volunteering Scheme. If you know of any areas within the community that would benefit from some help from our students, please contact us.