Volunteer at Coventry University

Coventry University’s Volunteering and Employability programme formerly known as Horizon Volunteering has been growing over the years. If you ever thought of volunteering here is the perfect opportunity for you. This academic year over 900 student and staff from Coventry University has registered with the Volunteering and Employability programme.

Volunteering is a good way to enhance your CV, get relevant work experience and gain some excellent skills. Your efforts will be rewarded with a Certificate of Recognition and V Awards.

In a survey carried out by the Volunteering and Employability team in the 2009/2010 academic year it was found out that 93% of volunteers believed they developed new skills and have become more employable, 94% of volunteers enjoyed being a volunteer with the programme and 93% of the volunteers would recommend volunteering with the programme to their friends. Writes Natasha De Silva…

CU Today spoke to Madeeha Bakali, a 2nd year Psychology student and a volunteer.

Why did you join the volunteering and employability Programme?

When I started university, It took me a while to get used to the new environment and while I was still making new friends I wanted to get involved in more than just studying and so I registered with the volunteering and employability programme through which i got to know of many volunteering opportunities which were great.

How has it helped you?

It helped me a lot in the sense that it boosted my confidence and allowed me to socialise more and have a great time at the same time. I experienced many different things and some of which will definitely help me in the future when I work towards building a career. Some of it was done in schools and as I want to be a teacher all this experience will really count and will be really helpful.

What’s the best experience you have had so far?

All my volunteering experience has been great, especially the ones that I did in schools. There is one of the volunteering experiences that i continue to be a part of and that is working for the development of a women’s group at the Coventry Refugee Centre. I enjoy it a lot and it’s emotionally rewarding too. That is exactly why I do not wish to withdraw from it.

Would you recommend others to register?

Yes definitely, I have done it and have achieved a lot of skills which I previously believed I did not have and so I would definitely recommend everyone to join as it is very good for not just career development but also personal development. It really is a great thing to do as there is personal satisfaction involved too.

To get involved with the Volunteering and Employability Programme email: Email: volunteering.su@coventry.ac.uk or call: 02476 795210

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