87% of UK employers think that volunteering can have a positive effect on both getting a job and career progression for young people age 16-25. 29% of adults in Scotland an estimated 1.3 million people, volunteered in the last year.
Volunteers living in Scotland contribute 162 million hours of help which is worth £2.6 billion to the local economy*
Napier Students Association (NSA) has joined forces with Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) to create V-Base, our new Volunteer Database. This will be the place where you can find volunteering opportunities to suit your skills and requirements as well as a wide variety of support materials to support your volunteering activities.
Thinking about how you want to benefit from volunteering is a good start to finding the opportunity that's right for you. Whether in an external organisation or as part of your Napier attendance you can:-
- Grow in confidence by trying something new and getting a real sense of achievement from it.
- Make a difference and have a really positive affect on fellow students, communities and society in general.
- Be involved in your community either at home, near or in the University.
- Learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications.
- Take on a challenge and trying something different, achieve personal goals, practice using your skills and discover hidden talents.
- You can become a student representative, an office holder in a sports club or society, help at freshers or take part in student led campaigns, making new friends in the process.
- Have a great time, regardless of why you do it.
We’re still in the process of creating it, but watch this space for further developments and launch information. In the meantime, follow the link to the NSA pages on Volunteering www.napierstudents.com/volunteering/
*Source: Volunteer Development Scotland http://www.volunteerscotland.net/policy-and-research/data-and-graphs/local-area-profiles/edinburgh/