Volunteering offers students the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom, whilst giving back to the community. It also provides students the chance to build on their community connections, a key element of delivering "Professional Fitness, Mental Wealth, Career Zones & Career Passport Transformation" (a part of the Vision 2028 Strategic Implementation Map).
There has been a drive to increase rates of volunteering across the different student cohorts, especially through the creation of a dynamic online volunteering service. By developing the online aspect, the Volunteering Service will be able to increase their outreach and the accessibility of the service, as students are able to utilise online spaces to engage with different communities. In the process, our students will gain the confidence, skills and experience that they need for the World of Work.
Moving forward, there will be continued development of a dynamic volunteering service focused on supporting and engaging with students in a dual and synchronous programme of workshops, extra-curricular and in the curriculum interventions. As part of this, the Volunteering service will design and deliver innovative engagement activities to attract those who do not engage through more traditional approaches.
Student Volunteering combines with other interventions to close the attainment gap and to positively influence graduate employability outcomes. Activities are intended to provide a dynamic service that is informed by regular consultation with students, academics and community partners, and which meets the volunteering and MW curriculum needs of all students, whilst creating a culture of volunteering and community involvement across UEL's staff and student communities.