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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

29th June - 6th July: New opportunities this week include the chance to get involved with Carnaval Del Pueblo as a Social Media Volunteer, support Maytree Respite Centre by becoming a Befriender, work with children through Islington Play Association, become a Volunteer Visitor Assistant with Sir John Soane’s Museum in Holborn, apply for one of many roles with Macmillan Cancer Support, and many more…read more.

Opportunity of the week

Come and join us as a volunteer at this exciting time in the history of the Sir John Soane’s Museum!  The Museum is part-way through its huge restoration project to open up previously unseen interiors of Sir John Soane’s house, and as a volunteer you’ll play an integral part by helping support the work of our warding team.

We rely on Volunteer Visitor assistants to keep the museum open from day-to-day.  You will perform vital roles from ensuring our priceless collection is kept safe to engaging visitors in its fascinating history…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.