Local youth are being encouraged to get out and help others in their community, as Student Volunteer Week gets underway from 1–7 May.
Ashburton Youth Council (AYC) has teamed up with Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury (VMSC) to help get the word out, and students of all ages are urged to give volunteering a go.
"There are many benefits to volunteering while you're a student. Aside from giving back to your community, it can broaden your network, help you gain practical work experience and open up doors to amazing opportunities," AYC spokesperson Hine Wairepo says.
"All AYC members volunteer their time at a number of events and organisations, and we are really happy to be supporting Student Volunteer Week this year. We hope we can inspire students of all ages to consider giving volunteering a go."
VMSC Mid Canterbury Coordinator Dellwyn Moylan says Student Volunteer Week is a way to acknowledge and celebrate those young people who seek to help others.
"It encourages students from primary school to tertiary institutions and alternative education facilities to get out there and give volunteering a shot. Young people can have a lot to offer and gain from volunteering in their local communities."
To celebrate the week, a competition is open for students of any age to win a $50 Prezzy card. Simply upload a picture of yourself volunteering to the Ashburton Youth Council or Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury Facebook pages to go into the draw to win.
The competition is open from today until 7 May.