Who can volunteer?
All students, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, part-time or full-time, home or international, are more than welcome to get involved with one the many charities and organisations we work with. Even if you are based at one of local partner colleges but our studying a University of Worcester course you can get involved. You can find our volunteering pages here.
Are you volunteering?
If you aren’t sure if what you are already doing is volunteering, here the Worcester Students’ Union we define volunteering as the following: “An unpaid activity that involves spending time doing something that aims to benefit the environment, the local community or someone (individuals or groups) through a charity or third sector organisation.” We do not consider it volunteering if the placement is a requirement of your course, or if it is for a for-profit organisation as this is considered an unpaid internship. Please also be aware that any down-time you have whilst volunteering, such as time spent sleeping, cannot be used on the V-Record (especially relevant to volunteering like Scout/Guide camps or residential trips).
The V-Record is a volunteering recognition system - it allows us to reward you for the fantastic work that you do for the SU, University and community. It is easy to record all the volunteering hours you undertake each academic year. All you need to do is fill in the online record and your hours are stored safely on our system - make sure you leave your volunteering supervisor contact details so that we can verify your hours for the HEAR.
The Students' Union offers recognition certificates at five stages for any student completing the V-Record:
- 20 hour award Recognition of Volunteering
- 50 hour award Achievement in Volunteering
- 100 hour award Distinction in Volunteering
- 200 hour award Excellence in Volunteering
- 500 hour award Exceptional Attainment in Volunteering