University College London Union

Volunteering at UCLU

  • Summer Volunteering

The Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) is UCLU’s dedicated facility for students who want to get involved with volunteering projects in the local community. You can give as much or as little time as you can spare; learning new skills, making friends, and contributing to other peoples’ lives.

Opportunity of the week


Do you LOVE volunteering?  Are you hungry for MORE experience of working in the voluntary sector?  Then why not become a Community Liaison Volunteer?

The VSU works with over 300 charities, and community and voluntary organisations, which are looking for volunteers.  However, VSU staff rarely get a chance to visit them.

The role of the Community Liaison Volunteer is to provide some face-to-face contact between the VSU and our community partners.  You will discuss their volunteer recruitment needs in more depth, explain the range of services that the VSU offers and find out more about the kind of roles they could offer to student volunteers…read more

This week's vacancies

21st - 28th July: In this week’s edition you’ll find a wealth of roles from across the capital, including opportunities to volunteer through summer and into 2014-15 at Camden Arts Centre, Envision, NSPCC, Benjamin Franklin House and Parkinson’s UKread more

The Innovations Programme

If you have an idea for a project that could have an effect on the local community, why not create it yourself? Or you could develop your leadership and organisational skills by taking on one of our existing projects. Find out more.

Don’t have much time, but still want to get involved? Why not try our one-off volunteering programme. It’s updated every week with conservation events, festivals, fundraising activities, sports and cultural events and lots more. Find out more.

New! You can now have a browse of around 450 different volunteering opportunities across London - have a look at our Volunteering Directory.

Our Volunteering Fairs are a chance to have a chat with volunteer recruiters from across London and find your perfect project. We’ve got events scheduled for November, January and February - find out more.

Global Citizenship Programme Volunteering (“GC Volunteering”) is a two-week academy for future voluntary sector leaders and others who embrace the challenge of solving complex local and global problems using skills and ingenuity, running after summer exams - Find out more.

VolSoc aims to help support students who volunteer at UCL, by providing socials to meet like-minded students and running groups for student project leaders. The society helps shape the development of volunteering at UCL and works closely with the VSU -  Find out more.

Why do UCL students volunteer and what to they get out of it? Watch our film to find out more.

Our research shows that students who volunteer feel more able to find paid work, feel more at home at UCL and in London, make new friends, and generally feel better. Find out more.

What have our volunteers been up to? You can read about their adventures here.