Volunteering with the Student Union is more than just a line you can add to your CV. You get great experiences from running a society, running an event and personal development. Your volunteering hours will be accredited by the Saltire Awards and displayed on your academic record when you graduate, alongside your grades, helping you to stand out from the crowd!
Hey, I’m Colin the VP community and I’m going to talk you through some of the ways you can get involved in volunteering during your time at Heriot-Watt. I have been at Heriot-Watt 3 years now and although I have tried to volunteer in every strand possible there is just so many options that I haven’t had the time! At first, I didn’t even realise I was volunteering I was just having fun and that’s the best way to describe it. For years I thought volunteering would be a boring chore and something I wouldn’t want to do but when you find the right type of volunteering it’s hard not to fall in love and fall in love I did. Doing small things to help other people out and making their experience at Heriot-Watt better is an indescribable feeling.
So, what made me fall in love with volunteering? Well, it started with one of my biggest interests, gaming… Who would have thought I could mix gaming and volunteering together? With my passion for gaming and competition, I was able to help start the Esports society and make it a place for all gamers to find people to team up with on any game and any platform. Running a society is no easy task but with the right committee, passion and support from the Union I’m sure you can take whatever your interest is and run a successful society, and if there is already a society you are passionate about then try get yourself a spot on the committee and get involved with helping reach their goals!
If societies are not for you and you still want to help the wider community, you can get involved with the student-lead Student Life group where anyone can bring forward ideas for events and activities, both recreational and volunteering/charity based that they would like to see run by the Union.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention the Volunteer Awards! Every time you pass a volunteering milestone, you'll get one of our awesome hour's awards, plus you and your society can be nominated for plenty of other awards. We have a big bash at the student union every year to celebrate our fantastic volunteers and announce the winners!
There are so many different ways to help by volunteering that I can’t cover in this blog post so please do check out the Education Opportunities blog, Wellbeing opportunities blog, and the website to see a full list of what we offer. If you would like to be involved in any of these give me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help you find the right one for you!
Colin Shaun Aitken