According to new research from the Royal Voluntary Service, seventy per cent of students are looking to do volunteer work this summer: welcome news for volunteer managers and coordinators who have seen numbers fluctuate during the coronavirus pandemic.
The research was based on 1,000 higher education students aged 18-24. It looked at motivations for volunteering and the types of opportunity that appeal to potential volunteers:
Student volunteer Shavaiz Mir spoke of having more time to volunteer, as his lectures have been held online:
“Virtual lectures have meant that students like myself have more time on our hands and I wanted to use this time for good… Anyone looking for something to give them purpose during their summer break should 100% sign up and give volunteering a try.”
Whether you’re a student or not, you can find volunteer opportunities in and around Bristol on the Voscur jobs board, and list opportunities for free as well. Coronavirus-specific opportunities should be listed on Can Do Bristol.
You may also be interested in our half-day course for volunteer coordinators and managers, Measuring the Impact of Volunteering, on Tuesday 21 September 2021. This will help you prove how important volunteers are to your organisation, your finances, and your aims.