STUDENT VOICES: Hungry for experience? Volunteer with Active Student

Jessica Akintunde opens our eyes to the benefits of volunteering that we all seem to overlook.

So it’s another year gone by and as we said goodbye to 2012 and welcomed the year 2013 in, some of us may already be thinking about those New Year’s resolutions we made, just as the clock struck twelve. Spending wisely, eating and drinking less in a desperate attempt to shift that holiday over-indulgence are among some of the most typical New Year’s resolutions made by people across the world each year. There is however, little or no difficulty in making New Year’s resolutions; the hardest part actually comes from sticking to them. As the months go by, the energy and passion which lent support to these goals become dimmed, and many goals simply fall apart and fail to be achieved. So how is it possible to avoid falling into this trap? How is it possible to avoid making 2012 New Year resolutions, the same as 2013?
As odd as this may sound volunteering might just be the thing to help keep you motivated throughout this year and perhaps beyond. Confused? Well by keeping those resolutions fun and fresh you minimize the chance of becoming bored and frustrated. In addition to this, volunteering provides students with the opportunity to enhance existing skills and maybe even learn new ones.
Between the months of February and May, becoming a student volunteer in Brighton has perhaps never been more exciting. For all the creative minds out there, and for those who perhaps just want to try their hand at something new, why not get involved with the Brighton Festival? Described as one of “Europe’s leading arts festivals”, the Brighton Festival is a great way for established poets, musicians and other talented artisans to showcase their work. Previous student volunteers have been involved in a variety of art related projects around the city, and Active student has worked closely with the Phoenix Gallery, Lighthouse, the Basement, the Nightingale theatre and many other well known establishments within Brighton. Lending a helping hand at the Brighton Festival, is great way to get some hands on experience to the creative side of volunteering, and can open you up to a world you can only dream.
Whilst volunteering can enable you to meet new people and give your CV that much needed sparkle that employers crave, every volunteer is important and with the range of people you come across, you make a huge difference to their lives. So in appreciation of all the effort put in by student volunteers across the nation, a nationwide celebration called “Student volunteering” week is being held from February 11th – 15th, have a look at what Active Student has planned this year by sneaking a peek at This event promises to be fun, with lots of glitz and glam as a national media profile has been created around this. For more information please contact Active Student at
As for myself, the volunteering journey sadly ends here. As a student writer for this section for over two years, I can thoroughly say I have enjoyed it. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to shape and change the world you live in. By giving some of your time you can add colour to the lives of people around you. I genuinely believe that in helping others you can truly help yourself, and become a better, more confident and more rounded individual.
So as a final note, I hope that some of the volunteering events listed in this section has managed to catch your eye. Remember to keep checking this section of the verse each month for any up-coming voluntary events for you to become involved in.
On the behalf of the Active Student team, I would like to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year.
By Jessica Akintunde

If you are interested in any of these volunteering opportunities please contact Active Student at or call on 01273 644145 or take a look at the website at

Museum Mentors

Partners in art is a community engagement pilot project. It aims to connect marginalised artists with Brighton and Hove museums and art gallery. Linking vulnerable artists in the city with volunteer partners; supporting a creative journey and the creative development of the individuals involved. They are looking for volunteers to become Volunteer Partners and support the artist with their works.
Sussex County Football Association

Are looking for a photographer to cover their Representative Squads fixtures, and County Cup Finals, producing photos of the action from each of the games which will be publicised on our website, Facebook page, Twitter page, and in the local press. They run 14 County Cup competitions which each culminate in the finals, usually played at Sussex County FA HQ, Lancing, with their showpiece competition the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup Final held at the Amex Stadium, Brighton. They are looking for a volunteer with a photography course background, ideally with football knowledge/interest.
Bexhill United

Bexhill United is looking for someone to update the football club’s website each week with information on the latest results, match reports and social events. With flexible times and length of commitment.
Do you want experience of working in a secondary school? Then become a volunteer Mentor!
Secondary Schools – Mentors are needed at Hastings and St Leonard’s Academies to offer English and Maths support to different year groups.


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