Student Volunteering

Volunteering can be a wonderful and rewarding opportunity for students to take part in. It can offer a sense of community away from academic studies, while meeting new people and perhaps developing new skills.

Volunteering can also enhance your CV and your job application may stand out as a result of your volunteer experience, something that many organisations and companies acknowledge. So as you settle into College life and Sligo, take time to consider volunteer opportunities in the area.

By giving of your time as a volunteer, you will also be eligible to participate in the ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) Programme. This programme was established in 2003 by NUI, Galway to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that its students make by volunteering. The programme draws on a strong tradition of student engagement both on and off campus and assists students who wish to actively volunteer while developing tangible and transferable skills alongside practical volunteering experiences. 

Why volunteer?

St. Angela’s College students can volunteer on-campus in a variety of ways including clubs and societies, the Students Union, as Class Reps and in other ways as they arise on campus. St. Angela’s students also volunteer their time in the local Sligo community and in their home communities. 

Some volunteering happens on a once-off basis like a fundraiser, but other volunteering requires a weekly commitment of about an hour a week.

Volunteering is a hugely rewarding activity for our students, for the organisations with which they volunteer and for the people with whom they work.  All volunteer work also benefits the wider community.

Students have indicated that volunteering has benefited them in personal and professional ways, including:

Personal
•   To give back to the community and feel good about making a contribution
•   To make friends
•   To gain confidence
•   To be helpful and share my knowledge and experiences
•   To broaden my outlook
•   To become more involved and aware

Professional
•   Learn something new
•   To gain experience
•   To help me decide on a future career
•   To build up my personal skills in communication, teamwork, etc.
•   To aid me in my application to a post-grad degree

How do I get started volunteering?

To find out about the latest volunteer opportunities off-campus log on to the Sligo Volunteer Centre at www.volunteersligo.ie

Once on the website register to volunteer by completing the Volunteer Registration Form with details on your areas of interest. So for example you may be interested in: young people, older people, people with disabilities, environmental organisations, social justice issues like human rights or homelessness, and the list goes on!

The friendly staff of Sligo Volunteer Centre can help you find the ideal volunteer opportunity that matches your interest and the time you can give to an organisation.

Some examples of organisations and activities are:
•   Samaritans
•   Childline
•   Photography
•   Horticulture         
•   Music skills-either on an instrument or singing         
•   Youth Leadership skills    

How do I register for the President’s Award ALIVE certificate?

As St. Angela’s College, Sligo students you are eligible to receive an award in recognition for your learning experience and time spent volunteering in the community. 
To learn more about the award please see here:
http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/campus-activities/presidentsaward/

  • Log in to register for ALIVE:
    To apply you need to login to your profile here: https://yourspace.nuigalway.ie 
  • Login using your St Angela’s ID Number (username) and your NUI Galway password (this is the password you regularly use to access the James Hardiman Library)
  • Remember your NUI Galway password is usually galway followed by your birthday - day and month no space: galwayddmm.  Please Note: You may have changed the password, if so, you need to log in with your new password.
  • Once logged in please click “President’s Award” and complete the application by logging your volunteering and writing the reflection component. Your application will be reviewed and if it is complete, you will be invited to the ceremony in St Angela’s College in April.
  • If you have any technical problems please email alive@nuigalway.ie or contact Una Roberts uroberts@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

Further Information 
If you have any questions about volunteering at St. Angela’s College and the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering, please contact: 
Una Roberts Student Services Officer 071 9195514 or uroberts@stangelas.nuigalway.ie 
Student Union Office at campaignsandunidev@stangelas.nuigalway.ie.

How do I get recognition for my volunteering?

Annually at the end of the academic year students are invited to tell ALIVE about their volunteering and apply for the President’s Award ALIVE Certificate. All you have to do is volunteer for a minimum of ten hours throughout the academic year, and complete the application by logging your volunteering and writing the reflection component at https://yourspace.nuigalway.ie
Your application will be reviewed and if it is complete, you will be invited to the ceremony in St Angela’s College in April 2019.
Check out the ALIVE website for more information:

Information is also available from the Student Services Officer in St. Angela’s College 
E:   uroberts@stangelas.nuigalway.ie
T:   071 9195514

Further Information

If you have any questions about volunteering at St. Angela’s College and the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering please contact:

Una Roberts, Student Services Officer by email uroberts@stangelas.nuigalway.ie or phone 071 9195514

To find out more about volunteering in Sligo contact:
Sligo Volunteer Centre
Ph: 071-911 1042
info@volunteersligo.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sligovolunteercentre
Twitter: @VolunteerSligo