Sinead is a Politics, Philosophy and Economics student who volunteers with the Homework Club and Enactus, a university society that sets up small social enterprises both locally and internationally.
“Volunteering with Enactus has honestly been the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve worked with ex-convicts, refugees, asylum seekers, the homeless community and teenage girls, and this year have become Vice-President of Enactus Belfast. I’ve gained so much experience that my degree alone could not have given me, and made friends who I would not have met had it not been for volunteering. With Enactus I have travelled around the UK, training, competing and of course helping others. If you’re not volunteering already, all I have to say is go for it, whether your first year or final year, there’s so many different organisations, just waiting for someone like you to come along!”Read Sinead's blog post
Queen’s University Degree Plus gives you recognition for the knowledge and skills you develop by carrying out extracurricular activities like volunteering. It is open to you if you are a full or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught student and will be awarded at graduation.
Millennium Volunteers is a national programme which also recognises volunteering. If you are between 14 and 25, are already volunteering, or would like to start you can sign up to the programme.
It will look amazing on your CV!
Endorsed by Queen’s Students’ Union and for students aged 26+. As a Prestige volunteer you'll receive a certificate after your first 50, 100, and 200 hours of volunteering which recognises the valuable efforts you are making in your community as well as the training and skills you've gained.
Make sure that your volunteering efforts on campus are rewarded.
There are many types of volunteering that you can be a part of, from being a Club/Society Committee member, a School, Course or Class Rep or by helping out at a chaplaincy.
Are you a volunteer in a position of leadership?
Inspiring Leaders explores the who, what, why and how of leadership, the difference between management and leadership, understanding the communication styles of yourself and others and how you can motivate, encourage and inspire others.
It offers you the chance to meet Leaders from different walks of life, identify your personal leadership style, take part in a team challenge and can help you; increase understanding of yourself as a leader, enhance your personal development, strengthen your leadership skills and translate your volunteering experiences into employability skill.
Would you like to help local children and young people improve their study skills, build their confidence and raise their aspirations about further and higher education?
The Homework Club Programme gives Queen’s University volunteers the chance to provide homework support to children and young people who live in areas of educational underachievement. These pupils may not have the opportunity to complete their homework at home which can lead to underachieving in school, low confidence and limited future opportunities.
Homework Clubs is a perfect opportunity for you to make a positive change in your community, get involved in something rewarding and gain hands-on experience for your personal and professional development.
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