My volunteering

Giving your time by volunteering means getting much more than money. Often, helping a charity or volunteering in the community offers the opportunity to learn new skills and find out what you have to offer.

It’s a great way to meet new people and learn from their experiences. You’ll also be getting valuable work experience – something else to put on your CV. Volunteering is a great opportunity to put your skills and ideas to good use for a cause close to your heart.

Activity ideas

Get inspired – you can explore opportunities offered by Envision, Duke of EdinburghStreet Games, Green volunteers and mentoring programmes like the Prince’s Trust.

Volunteering can also include caring for family members, looking after other students or being on the Student Council, a Student Ambassador, mentoring or getting involved in student discussion panels.

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How to enter

To enter the Embark award simply complete 18 STAR activity records in total. 6 of these must be in the ‘My courses and careers’ category. You then need to write one reflective statement. Explore other categories and find out more about how to enter.