Youngsters are urged to try volunteering

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VOLUNTEERING charity CSV is urging young people from Sheffield who aren’t ready to go to university, unsure of which course is right for them or want practical experience, to choose a volunteering gap year in the UK.

The charity is stressing that volunteering is a good addition to CVs and helps with applications to university.

A gap year with CSV lasts between six and 12 months, and volunteers live away from home in accommodation provided free of charge.

They are offered subsistence and travel expenses.

Volunteers need to be aged between 18 and 35 years old and work on projects including helping the homeless, socially excluded, disabled and elderly.

James Durant, an advisor for the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, said: “Some course tutors find UCAS personal statements crucial decisions on applications, so it’s important that you’re able to make yours stand out.

“Universities also like to know the types of skills you have that will help you on the course, or generally at university.”

n For details, call 0800 374991.