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Launching Our Summary Of Service for World Youth Skills Day

Launching Our Summary Of Service for World Youth Skills Day

July 15th is UNESCO's World Youth Skills Day, and we're celebrating with the launch of our new SVA Summary of Service. How Does It Work? Sign up to our SVA Service Award and start volunteering. After you reach Bronze level (32 hours of volunteering), you can request a...

17 Ways Volunteering Benefits You and Your Community

Wondering what the big deal is about volunteering? The more we give, the happier we feel. Doing good in your community and helping others does great things to your brain activity.You can try out a new career through volunteering, without committing long-term. You’ll...

Winning Steps for Creating Your Own Volunteer Project

Keen to volunteer but can’t find any volunteer opportunities in your community? Create your own project! Step 1: Write down your skills and talents. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? Here are just a few ideas: I’m good at using Instagram I can show people...

Making Volunteering Social

Volunteering is more than just contributing to your community and learning new skills. It’s all about engaging with people, making useful connections for your study and career, and enjoying yourself. Young people bring fresh ideas and positive energy into volunteering...

What Can Volunteering Do For Me?

Including volunteer service on your CV is a great way to get noticed. Employers are looking for people who are motivated, can communicate with a range of people, and can learn new skills. Volunteering ticks all these boxes. Career experience Unsure of your career...

What Does Volunteering Look Like?

Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes, and there really is something for everyone. Check out our Top 11 Volunteer ideas below for some inspiration: Visit a rest home and offer to help with special events Do the 40 Hour FamineCoach a sports teamHelp an...

9 Ways To Start Volunteering

Not sure how to start volunteering? Sometimes the hardest part is taking the first step. Here's our top tips: Talk with your friends about volunteering they’re involved in. Tag along with them at their next volunteer event to learn more about it. Check out your local...

what schools are saying

This is perfect for our school. We have so many students who act as unpaid caregivers for grandparents and siblings at home. Ironically, this is often a barrier to producing a full CV of service related activities when it comes to completing applications for study or employment. The Service Record component of the Awards means our kids can be recognised for the work they actually do - exciting times

Vicki Cotton, Head of Careers – Sacred Heart Girls’ High School

We are currently undergoing an awards review in our school to explore how we can make this more accessible and visible across all year levels so this will be fabulous.

Chris Jordan, Assistant Principal, Greenbay High School
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. When you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”.

Dr Syed Muhammad Zeeshan Hussain Almashhadi