Yllka Krasniqi is a second year BSc Government and History student and a Student Volunteering Ambassador. Here she writes about seven ways in which you can enhance your skills whilst helping others.

1. Want to become a better listener?

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. The charity helps young people take on any challenge they could be facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. They offer 24/7 support via their online, social or our free, confidential helpline.

You can volunteer online and offline and The Mix provides training. Improve your listening and communications skills by volunteering for them as a Helpline Volunteer opportunity or Digital Connector.

2. Looking for office experience?

Fareshare gives you the great opportunity to volunteer in an office environment. Fareshare is a charity that focuses on redistributing surplus food that is transformed into meals for vulnerable people across London. The tasks for the office job include, but are not limited to: contacting partner charities and communities, answering phone calls, and supporting day to day operation by maintaining paperwork.

The opportunity is described in more detail on LSE CareerHub.

3. Always wanted to mentor?

Support refugees and migrant children by supporting them settle into school and gain a new burst of confidence. Salusbury WORLD is working in partnership with two London secondary schools to assist new students to achieve their full potential.

Learn more about the opportunity and the impact you will make in the lives of these young people.

4. Want to write an article?

Have you ever wanted to make social change through writing? And are you passionate about either political science, business or economics? Write an article on a subject you care about or are a specialist in to share your knowledge to others across sub-Saharan Africa. Right for Education (R:Ed) is a Ghanaian NGO that promotes education and human rights across Sub-Saharan Africa. By publishing articles submitted by students and professionals from top universities. R:Ed offers free access to influence social change across sub-Sahara Africa through its online library. There are over 1 million followers, and more than 50,000-60,000 subscribers every week – add your voice too!

Check the opportunity on CareerHub to see how you can apply for the role.

5. Love to cheer?

Do you like cheering and running? Then why not help at one of the many running and cycling events in the UK? You can cheer runners that have been training hard to complete a race, whilst raising thousands of pounds to support charity’s projects. You could help out at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 on 23 April for example. Among others, WellChild and Anthony Nolan are still looking for volunteers for this event. Can’t make it that day? Why not register your interest with WaterAid to cheer at an event in the future?

6. Want to promote human rights at university?

The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) seeks to protect academics that have been discriminated against in their home countries. Established in 1933, leading British academics recognised the urgent need to protect their colleagues from the threat of Nazism. CARA is looking for student ambassadors to promote the work, academic freedom and human rights by organising awareness-raising events and initiatives at their university. Are you passionate about upholding human rights?

Apply to be a student ambassador now as the deadline is 28 February.

7. Want to offer advice?

AgeUK Camden is a charity that offers support and services to older people living in Camden. AgeUK hopes to improve the lives of older people and promote independence later in life. There are a number of roles that a volunteer can undertake at AgeUK. Assisting at the information desk, checking transparency records, completing forms with clients as well as conducting reviews of cases are a few tasks that are a part of this volunteering opportunity.

Learn more about the opportunity on CareerHub.

Worried you don’t have enough time to volunteer? We’ve also published a blog with different volunteering opportunities which take #JustOneHour!