About Student Volunteering Week


Student Volunteering Week 2020 runs from 10th - 16th February. This is the 19th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place.

In 2018 students and staff from over 60 Higher and Further Education Institutions led over 300 events. Getting involved offers a great chance for students to develop their skills while forming key social action partnerships in local communities.

Student Volunteering Week celebrates student volunteering in the following ways:

  1. Improves student wellbeing
  2. Develops students' employability
  3. Contributes positively to the wider and local community life

This is a unique week-long opportunity where the whole of the country will be getting involved. SVW gives you a great platform, whether you’re a student, university, college, students’ union, charity or social enterprise this is your chance to get to showcase your innovative projects and events. We hope you use this time to promote student volunteering and share your ideas, best practice and challenges with the rest of the sector.

To find out more about what students all over the country are up to, and to share your stories, check out our blog. Our national team, led by the Student Volunteering Network with support from Student Hubs and NUS will be available to offer help to you in running your SVW activities, before, during and after the week.


2020 is the 19th year of Student Volunteering Week in the UK. Student volunteering and social action in the UK have a long history, from university settlements and missions in the nineteenth century to work camps for the unemployed in the interwar period to CND protesting and Student Community Action after the Second World War and throughout the later part of the 20th Century. Students are often at the forefront of promoting different social issues and interests, like the sustainability agenda and social entrepreneurship. If you want to brush up on student volunteering history properly, you can watch this video or check out this book dedicated to the topic by our friend Georgina Brewis.


Student Volunteering Week is delivered through a partnership between Student Volunteering Network, Student Hubs and NUS.

SVN (Student Volunteering Network) is a peer support network for anyone employed by a UK higher or further education institution to support student volunteering activity. Staff use the SVN mailbase and frequent regional meetings to share best practice and collaborate on activities throughout the year.

Student Hubs believes that students have the power and potential to shape a better world. We inspire, connect and support students to get involved and make a difference while they’re at university. By promoting social action, social entrepreneurship and citizenship, we want to empower more students to become social leaders for the causes they’re passionate about.

NUS (National Union of Students) is a voluntary membership organisation that makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students’ unions. Our mission is to promote, defend and extend the rights of students and to develop and champion strong students’ unions. Our vision is of NUS as a pioneering, innovative and powerful campaigning organisation: the national voice of students. We will fight barriers to education, empower students to shape both a quality learning experience and the world around them, supporting influential, democratic and well-resourced students’ unions.

We’ve pledged to support Step Up to Serve’s #iwill campaign. Throughout the year, we will highlight examples of youth social action and the principles underpinning youth social action to student volunteering centres across the UK. During the week, we will reach over 15,000 students at over 100 colleges and universities, and have a social media reach of over 4 million.

Student Volunteering Network 2017

Networking and resources for staff who inspire students to local, national and global voluntary action.