Get involved with volunteering

Monday, 26 October 2009

Oxford Brookes' annual Volunteering Fair took place at the end of October.

The annual Volunteer Fair  for staff at Oxford Brookes University took place in October.

About 40 groups and organisations visited the university to talk about the volunteering opportunities available throughout Oxford.

The day was organised after the success of a similar event held last academic year.

The university’s Careers and Employment Service is now urging all staff members to find out how to do their bit for their local community.

Local groups that attended the latest event were from all kinds of areas including environmental bodies, support groups for young people, befriending groups, supporters of the partially sighted, supporters of the elderly and many more.

The volunteering roles they offered were very varied and covered research projects, marketing, events management and training and development.

Lorna Froud, Head of the Careers Centre at Oxford Brookes said: “Brookes is committed to supporting our community in a number of ways, one of which is giving time and skills to local projects through volunteering.”

She told staff: “Being a volunteer can open you up to a variety of new challenges that help build confidence, introduce you to new people and new ideas. By finding an opportunity that matches your interests you have a good chance of enjoying yourself whilst making a difference. Being a volunteer can also give you a chance to experience a different type of work while meeting new people can open up new networks that can help you develop in your job.”

The time commitment can be as much or as little as you can give. A list of the volunteering organisations and information about them can be found at the Careerzine News & Events page.