Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I volunteer
Volunteering offers you the chance to meet new people whilst at the same time gaining tangible experience for the CV and increased employability due to skills gained. Volunteering allows you to do something constructive with your free time and the opportunity to build your confidence. Travel expenses are paid for and so you have the opportunity to escape for an hour or so from the student bubble and gain experience that could open doors to a career. But most importantly it’s fun!
Where is the Volunteer Centre and when is it open
The Volunteer Centre is located Level 3 (one up from the parade) in the Student Centre. We're open 10 - 3 pm Monday-Friday.
How do I get involved
Take a look at the opportunities on bathstudent.com. Once you have found a project or group that interests you, you can either just click on the 'join' button to receive one off volunteer opportunities. Alternatively, if you are interested in a particular Bath RAG, V Team or Volunteering project, email us at email@example.com to find out more.
We will email the group that you’re interested in volunteering with and ask them to contact you with details of how to get involved. If you are interested in volunteering with the V Team or Bath RAG, you will be added to their mailing list and sent an email as and when projects arise.
With the School Tutoring and Mentoring schemes, places are limited so we ask volunteers to complete a few questions about why they wish to volunteer with the scheme and about skills and experience. Decisions about places are decided on the basis of this.
We’ll add your details to our database so that we can keep you up-dated with information about new and existing projects looking for volunteers and details of how you can get involved.
What support can I expect as a volunteer
As a volunteer you can expect support from both the organisation with which you are volunteering and the Volunteer Centre. The Volunteer Office is on hand to help should you experience any problems. There is also the opportunity to work towards the Student Union's Bath Award - an accreditation scheme that will recognise extra curricular work such as volunteering.
I would like to get involved with some volunteering but am uncertain about what it is exactly that I would like to do
The Volunteer Office has a number of projects that you could get involved with such as the V Team and Rag. If after viewing the opportunities on our volunteer pages you are still uncertain about what you would like to do, pop into the Volunteer Office and we will try and help you.
It would be a good idea though to come with an idea about the types of area that you are interested in and those that you’re not. For example, you might be happy doing some conservation work but not so enamoured with the idea of working with children and young people. It would also be an idea to think about the type of activity that you would like to get involved with such as fundraising, admin or more hands-on work such as advice work. With this information we can try and pair you with a project that would be of interest to you. If we are unable to match you with anything on our books, we can signpost you to the local Volunteer Centre in town who may be able to match you up with something more appropriate.
Will I have to undertake any training
Most likely yes. If you choose to volunteer on internal projects through the university, we offer training specific to that project. You can find out what training if any you will need to undertake by visiting the page on BathStudent.com for that internal volunteer project.
What happens if I start volunteering somewhere and find that I really don’t like it
Hopefully this won’t happen as we aim to place you somewhere that you’ll enjoy. However, should you find yourself in this position, please do not hesitate to call into the Volunteer Office for a chat so that we can work out a course of action.
I would like to set up my own project, can you help me
Yes! If you have an idea why not get in contact with us and we’ll help you in any way we can. We’re always keen to develop new projects in the community.
I would like to get involved in some volunteering during the holidays, can you help me
Yes. A good first course of action would be to take a look at our holiday volunteering opportunities database on bathstudent.com. If anything is of interest to you, either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call into the Volunteer Centre for more information. You could also visit the Careers Advisory Service as they keep many paper-based and online resources for you to peruse.
However, whilst we can provide you with information about the opportunities on offer out there, it is important to note that we do not endorse any particular holiday volunteering opportunity provider. This means that you will have to do some research into what you’re getting for your money, where that money is going etc. We have provided a list of different things to consider on our holiday volunteering pages to help you with this.