Do I have the time to volunteer?
This obviously depends on your other commitments, but you’re asked only to give up 2-3 hours a week for most of the projects.
Do I have to commit to a project for the year?
No. Most projects require a 10 week commitment, but this can be worked around your University timetable.
Do I need any previous experience?
It can help, but isn’t essential. Obviously being able to swim would be required if you’re looking to volunteer with Splash, but the point is really to help you GAIN some experience.
Will I have to travel far?
Some of the placement opportunities aren’t within walking distance of the University, but don’t worry, as we’ll cover travel expense from all projects (apart from SVA and SKIP – the budget doesn’t quite stretch as far as South Africa or Malawi).
I’ve been told that I need a Disclosure – what is this?
A Disclosure is something that all volunteers and paid staff are asked to complete in Scotland before they work with a number of groups in society, including children under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults. This means that Disclosures are required for the following projects:
- Buddy a Granny
- Classroom Support
- Projects abroad with SVA and SKIP
- Sports Coaching
A Disclosure is also known as a CRB check in England or a Police Check in many countries in abroad, and in Scotland all it means is that volunteers are screened to ensure that no one who is disqualified from working with children or vulnerable adults is allowed to do so. It is a very simple process, as all you’ll have to do is fill a quick form out: it doesn’t cost you anything, and no one (police, authorities etc) will contact you about it.
What else do I get from taking part?
Other than a great sense of well-being? The SRC is able to process MV Awards – this is a national scheme established by the Scottish Government to recognise 16-25 year olds who give up their free time to help others. Having an MV award on your CV will be recognised by future employers and certificates are awarded for 50 (Bronze), 100 (Silver) and 200 (Gold) hours of volunteering. The Gold awards are even signed by the First Minister.
- Ok, I want to help! What next?
Just visit the Student Volunteer Support Service Office in the John McIntyre building or email [email protected]