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Volunteering at UCLU

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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.


Get started

Okay, how do you find out more about volunteering? Visit our ‘Get Started’ page - you can sign up for our weekly vacancies bulletin, tell us what sorts of things you’re interested in, and see what else is on offer.

This week's vacancies

28th July - 3rd August: To highlight a few roles for UCL students in this edition; Parkinson’s UK have an exciting opportunity for a volunteer to organise the prizes they give out at their fundraising events. The HCCT are looking for Irish students to engage with the local community in Camden in order to raise mental health awareness. If you are a tennis enthusiast with spare time on your hands now that the excitement of Wimbledon is over, a new volunteer Tennis Army is being established by the Lawn Tennis Association which you can get involved with…read more.

Opportunity of the week

We want to reward existing tennis players and encourage more people to play tennis whilst encouraging them to sustain their environment. Sport has the power to change lives which is why we need enthusiastic volunteers to help us spread the message. If you would like to meet new people and challenge yourself, join the LTA’s first-ever Tennis Army.

Volunteers will ideally have previous knowledge about tennis and will receive free training at the National Tennis Centre, in addition to agreed travel expenses and equipment to help run their activities. There is also the opportunity to have tennis court experiences such as at the Great British Tennis Weekend….read more.

Not sure what you’d like to do? Have a browse of around 500 different volunteering opportunities in our Volunteering Directory.

VSU Student-led Projects

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.

The Global Citizenship Programme Voluntary Sector Programme (“GC Voluntary Sector”) 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.

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.

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.

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 October, November, January and February - find out more.

About the VSU

What do we do? How do you get in touch with us? Where can you find us? And who will you encounter when you visit? All these questions and more answered on our About the VSU webpages.