What's it like to volunteer as a student?

Thursday 11 February 2021

There are lots of benefits to volunteering as a student with Action for Children. You can learn new skills, improve your CV, build your confidence and make new friends. There are many ways you can get involved and help children in the UK, including virtual volunteering opportunities

Azeem, who gave up his time to help us at one of our pop-up shops, tells us what it’s like to be a student volunteer:.

“I have been always looking for opportunities to gain skills I couldn’t gain in school. Working as a retail assistant at the Watford 1869 shop allowed me to grow my soft skills and meet new people. I enjoyed working with the charity so much that after the store closed, I still got involved with the 1869 brand and volunteer in other areas of the charity.

“I am very lucky to be in the environment I am. Being able to use my skills to benefit other people who are less fortunate is, in my mind, a social obligation.

It’s extremely rewarding knowing the effort and time I put into volunteering is directly affecting someone in a positive manner.


“As a full-time student, I volunteer as much as I can after school, on weekends and in holidays. During school holidays I volunteer for days at a time, helping with whatever I can. At the 1869 store, I used to work full-day shifts during the weekdays and half-days on weekends. The highlight of my time was meeting and working with new people.

"If you’re thinking about volunteering, I would say just start as soon as possible.”

Student volunteering during Covid-19

Despite lockdowns, there are still many Action for Children volunteering opportunities available for students. Some of our roles, such as telephone family support and helping with social media content, have always been remote. And many roles, such as storytellers, independent visitors and mentoring, have been adapted to virtual volunteering, with sessions taking place online instead.

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