8-14 February 2021 is National Student Volunteering Week, and although opportunities have been limited this last year, with the world slowly returning to a less-restricted way of living, there’s no better time to find out what is available, get your CV in shape and learn new skills.
This week, our social media channels (@UBSport and @UBSportVol) will be flooded with tips, tricks and training available to UoB students. So whether you’re at home and looking to learn a new skill, want to make sure the hours stand out on your CV, or want to sign up ready for when opportunities come up again, keep an eye out on Instagram or read on for more information.
What’s it like volunteering at an event at UoB?
There are lots of different ways to get involved with sport volunteering at UoB. From campus-based events like Open Days, to local and regional races such as the Birmingham Half Marathon and 10k, to international events like the World University Squash Championships (2018) and the Jamaican Athletics training camp (2017), there’s a range of opportunities depending on what you want to get experience in.
Event-based volunteering can give you access to roles in athlete-liaison, security, ticketing and sales, scoring, award ceremonies and set-up / take-down, whereas year-long roles such as being a Brand Ambassador or Media Volunteer are based around more regular events. For example, match-reporting, social media, writing stories and content for the website, creating student email content, filming, interviewing and representing the UoB Sport & Fitness brand at open days, recruitment fairs and events.
These roles could be across a whole variety of sports, but if you have one sport that’s your passion, you can also volunteer within clubs as part of the Committee. Alternatively, you can sign up to our specific sport volunteering programme, The Extra Mile, and log any hours you do to earn merchandise, prizes and qualifications. We are able to bring you these opportunities thanks to the Adam Cole Foundation and Aldi, who support The Extra Mile, so don’t miss out on the chance to discover volunteering in sport!
You can hear from some of our volunteers on Instagram this week, but you can also read about the experience of some of our volunteers on our blog:
Why is volunteering beneficial for students?
Volunteering is fun, gives you access to exciting events, and it enables you to spend any spare time you have productively, giving back to the local community.
- Phil Heighway, Student Experience Officer
It’s also a brilliant way to boost your CV and to develop skills that you’ll need to utilise throughout your degree and in future careers. These could be skills such as confidence, organisation and interpersonal skills.
Volunteering also gives you the unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of lots of people of all ages, and inspire them to stay healthy and active throughout their lives. It’s great for both your physical and mental wellbeing, and expands your social network, giving you the chance to form new contacts and relationships.
What courses or training are available for me to do?
This year, we have partnered up with Educare to provide you with a wealth of on-demand resources designed to boost your volunteering CV. From Concussion Awareness, Equality and Diversity in Sport, Bullying Prevention, and First Aid, to Personal, Online and Food Hygiene Safety, there is a course for every occasion. All you need to do to gain access to the courses or register your interest in general volunteering opportunities, is register for updates via our online form.
Once you’ve registered, our Student Experience Officer will be in touch to chat to you about courses and future volunteering opportunities based on your interests. Everyone who signs up will also be entered into a raffle to win some UoB Sport & Fitness merchandise! But be quick, there’s a limited number of online course spaces available, so don’t miss your chance to access all 17 courses!
I’m not interested in courses specifically, but would like to volunteer and log my hours. How do I do this?
If you’re not interested in courses, but would like to create a volunteering profile to log your hours, go to the Volunteering page on our website, scroll down and click ‘Register’. The process should take roughly 10 minutes and requires you to create a volunteer profile on The Extra Mile site, including your personal details and interests. Once you’ve done this, you can log your hours whenever you complete any volunteer work by logging into your account and clicking the log hours tab on your profile.
By joining the Extra Mile and recording volunteering hours, volunteers can receive:
Sign up for general volunteering news and courses using the ‘Register your interest in volunteering’ button on the Volunteering page.