ARU Students’ Union are committed to providing you with opportunities to enhance your University experience and to develop your skills through a variety of volunteering roles – whether that is as a community volunteering role, a representative or as a club/society committee member. Through these roles you can develop and learn a huge variety of different skills which will be invaluable to you in the future.
To complement your volunteering, we run a series of Skills Workshops.
Why should I attend a Skills Workshop?
Become a more impactful volunteer
We know that students volunteer because they want to make a difference to others in their local or student community. To ensure that you can create as much positive and sustainable impact as possible, we want to help you develop and learn skills that will make you a more effective, respected and motivated volunteer.
Build your self-confidence
When you know you have a catalogue of skills and experience that can help others, your self-confidence automatically grows with it. Equipping yourself with a variety of skills means that you can tackle tasks and problems from different angles and communicate with others more effectively whilst giving yourself a sense of self-identity and drive.
Learn alongside other volunteers
Our Skills Workshops are attending by community volunteers, reps, committee members, or any other student wanting to expand their skills. Each student comes with different experiences, skill strengths and weaknesses and identity, which means you can make new friends, learn and create success together.
Stand out from the crowd
Students with increased real world experiences and a varied and expansive skill set are the students that graduate employers are seeking and want on their workforce. The skills you learn from your volunteering not only make you more impactful in your volunteering roles for now, they will also help you in your everyday life and future career too.
Record your hours and skills
The time you spend learning skills at our workshops can be logged as volunteering hours that work towards your Volunteer Awards. You can also record any skills that you learn through your training that will enhance your Skills Transcript.
Our Skills Workshops are repeated throughout the year, so if you don’t get a chance to attend one, be on the lookout for the next session.