Monday saw loads of you get involved with the Student Volunteering Week Fair, but there’s much more to come. Alongside the University, we have lots of events planned throughout the week, including talks providing information on how to become a student volunteer and a podcast if that’s more your thing. We’re also doing a Community Litter Pick on Wednesday 9 February, giving you the opportunity to give back to your community and to protect the environment, all while meeting new people.
We caught up with Wellbeing Officer Beth to hear all about her experiences as a Student Volunteer.
Were you involved in any volunteering as a student?
In my 2nd year at University, I joined Sexpression, a charity that aims to empower young people by teaching comprehensive sexual health and relationship education. This was a really great opportunity to be involved in the wider Leeds community beyond campus and Hyde park. I enjoyed being around like-minded people who shared my interest in education and relationship education.
Why do you think it is important for students to get involved with volunteering?
You learn so much through volunteering and often you can be thrown in at the deep end which is great, as you push yourself outside your comfort zone. It is important to become part of the community and give back as often students can feel a disconnect from Leeds and its locals. The community is so kind and welcoming – they truly are friendly northerners and it would be great to continue building student relationships with them.