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One-Off Volunteering Programme

Throughout the year the VSU organises a range of one-off events - so even if you can’t make a regular commitment, there’s still a chance to get involved. To receive a regular weekly update of our latest vacancies, sign up for our newsletter.

All students who participate in a one-off event will be reimbursed for travel expenses and receive a certificate of recognition from the Volunteering Services Unit.

Please note that our volunteering vacancies are only open to UCL staff and students.


Flexible Times
Camden Private Renters Street Survey 2014

Camden Federation of Private Tenants needs volunteers to help us conduct a brief street survey with a wide variety of Camden’s private renters, including students, who currently make up over a third of the borough’s households. As part of UCL’s Volunteering Services Unit One-Off Event Grant Scheme, we need at least 10 volunteers to run the project, which will be carried out at different times and locations across the borough. Little is known about Camden’s private renters an this survey is an attempt to identify who they are, what are the issues they face and what can be done about them. The results of the survey will be compiled in a report which will be distributed to councillors, MPs, GLA members and key officers in both organisations and used as tool to influence the development of housing policy at a local and regional level.
There will also be scope to help collate and analyse the data collected which will form part of a larger survey. A briefing session will be provided for all participants.

Role: Street Survey Volunteer
When: Flexible and can fit around other commitments
Across Camden
Contact:
Robert Taylor, rtaylor@cfpt.org.uk


April/May
Broken Rainbow UK LGBT Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Launch Event

This formal event taking place in May will launch LGBT Domestic Violence Awareness month and will include speakers (Ministers, MPs and members of the Lords) and an audience of domestic violence professionals/agencies as well as the general public.
Volunteers are needed for the following roles:
Planning- This includes planning the structure and flow of the event, approaching speakers, arranging transport for speakers, creating guest lists and invites, sending out invites, approaching celebrities to get involved on social media, liaising with our PR agency to generate press interest,copywriting, contacting the press ( mainstream and pink), social media campaign planning and liaising with the venue.
At the event- This will include setting up, meeting, greeting and registering guests, supporting speakers, photography, stage management, social media.

Role: Planning and Event Volunteers
When: Planning will take place in April. The date of the event is in early May (tbc)
Planning will take place in London E1. The event will be in Piccadilly
Contact:
Mark Delacour, mark@brokenrainbow.org.uk, 0845 2 6055 60


Saturday 14th June
Salaam Peace- Brighter Futures Cup

The Brighter Futures project has been running for almost a year and is based on a 1-2-1 mentoring of young black men. Our Brighter Futures Cup event will take place in June. The event will include a small sided football tournament, multi-sports tasters and workshops on issues such as street safety and injury prevention.
The target age group are children and young people aged 7-16 years. The event will be an opportunity to celebrate the successful journeys that young people of the Brighter Futures Project have undertaken. It will also provide a positive event for the communities in Hackney and Waltham Forest to engage in. Springfield Park offers limited provisions for young people and this will be a good opportunity to bring everyone together.
UCL volunteers will be given the following opportunities: Administration, registers, fixtures and promotion, setting up the event, delivery of multi-sports taster, refereeing matches, supporting our media team with taking photos, carrying out interviews and writing up case studies and handing out refreshments.

Role: Brighter Futures Cup Volunteers
Springfield Park, N16
Contact:
Sab Bham, sab@salaampeace.org, 020 8521 6761


Saturday 11th May
Museum of the Order of St John- Mural Painting Project

Our Learning Centre is used for educational events and activities, providing space to hold free workshops for school groups and children and adults with learning disabilities when they visit the Museum. There is a plain wall currently painted white that would be a perfect site for a mural. This mural would be painted by volunteers, providing a rare opportunity to develop mural-painting skills. This volunteer work would be recognisable for the foreseeable future, since it would be such a prominent part of the room.
We want volunteers from UCL to help  plan, design and execute the mural. It will be largely self-run, with Museum staff only overseeing final designs. This will allow volunteers to develop not just their artistic skills but their project management, design, decision-making and teamwork skills.

Role: Mural Painting Project Volunteers
Time:11am - 2pm
Museum of the Order of St John, Clekenwell
Contact:
Rosa Gilbert, rosa.gilbert@sja.org.uk, 020 7324 4074


Every Wednesday
GoodGym Weekly Group Runs

GoodGym is the best way to get fit in Camden. Forget the gym, we’ll help you get fit by doing good. Our community of runners and qualified trainer will help you achieve your fitness goals by doing physical work that helps your community.
From Holborn to Highgate we run the streets helping those most in need. We’re always up for welcoming new runners, so if you’re in the area come and join in. We run every Wednesday from the Somerstown Community Centre, by Kings Cross Station.
We run and clear land for a community gardens, move rubble and tidy community centres all over Camden.

Role: GoodGym Group Runner
When: Wednesdays, 6:45pm - 8:30pm
Somers Town Community Centre, London, NW1 1EE
Contact: Shaun Dixon, Camden@goodgym.org, 0203 432 3920


March & April
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Haringey Conservation Programme

The Conservation Volunteers have been reclaiming green places since 1959.
Right now, when one third of the UK’s green places are in danger of being lost or degraded, our work is more important than ever.
Right now we are looking for volunteers to get involved and help out at any one of the projects we run in and around Haringey. These include regular conservation projects every Tuesday and Thursday across the borough, our Haringey Green Gym, and our Alexander Palace practical conservation project.
So if you’re want to be a part of preserving the cities green spaces get in touch!

Role: TCV Haringey Conservation Volunteer
Haringey, London
Contact: For Tuesday and Thursday Conservation Projects: Paul, p.colcutt@tcv.org.uk, 07887 624866. For Haringey Green Gym: Jacqui, j.cox@tcv.org.uk, 07740899 682


March - May
Prostate Cancer UK Football League Fundraising

Prostate Cancer UK are fortunate to be The Football League’s official charity partner for 2013 and 2014. This fantastic partnership means we’re able to fundraise at all 60 Football League grounds during March and April 2014, as well as have a presence at a number of Cup Final games at Wembley Stadium from March to May 2014 which include the Capital One Cup Final and all three Play Off Finals. We need an army of bucket shakers at each of the stadiums before kick off to help collect money and raise awareness amongst fans. Please take a look at the following link to find the list of fixtures and to register as a volunteer: http://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer-football

Role: Football League Fundraiser
Various locations around London including: Wembley Stadium, QPR FC Stadium, Millwall FC Stadium, Watford FC Stadium to name a few
Contact: Anneka Jung, anneka.jung@prostatecanceruk.org


April and May
Quality Tutoring GCSE Workshop

At Quality Tutoring we work alongside Local Authorities helping children in care and from disadvantaged backgrounds into education either by providing tuition or mentoring. We need volunteers to help offer workshops for young children preparing to sit their GCSE’s. The workshop will include revision and basic key skills in Math and English. Build confidence and increase motivation for students about to sit their GCSE’S.

Role: Workshop Volunteer
Across London
Contact: Nidal Al-Azawi, info@qualitytutoring.org.uk, 0203 348 98 22


Friday 25th April (DEADLINE)
Newham Education Business Partnership (NEBP) Year 8 I can & I will Workshop

The workshop aims to improve student self-awareness and coping strategies for overcoming obstacles in life after school, helping them to develop interpersonal skills and a positive outlook.
We are looking for confident and enthusiastic student volunteers to deliver a full school day I can & I will workshop to classes of approximately 30 year 8 (12/13 years old) pupils.
You will receive full training from NEBP staff and be briefed on the content of the session, which is developed by the NEBP.  A teacher will always be present whilst you are delivering a session and they will be responsible for the pupils’ behaviour. 

Role: I Can & I Will Workshop Volunteer
When: The event will take place on Tuesday 6th May, 8.30am – 3pm
Sarah Bonnell School, Deanery Rd, Stratford E15 4LP
Contact:
Nina Staebler, nina.staebler@newham.gov.uk, 0203 373 0292


Saturday 26th April
The Royal London Society for Blind People
Parent and Toddler Launch Party

This exciting event will be celebrating our Stratford, Southwark and Penge Parent & Toddler Groups. There will be a big red London bus full of sensory play equipment visiting all three locations. To help out we need a team of fun volunteers to get involved with a number of different such as refreshments, flyering, and meet & greet - let us know which part of the day you’re available and we can match you up with a job. We need volunteers for all three stops so if you can do one, two or all three locations that would be fantastic!                                            

Role: Parent and Toddler Launch Party Volunteer
Time: 9am – 3pm, 1pm – 3.15pm and 4pm – 6.30pm
Where: Stratford, Southwark and  Penge
Contact: Emma Ernesto, emma.ernesto@rlsb.org.uk 0207 808 6199/ 07572431339


Tuesday 29th April
The Wings of Hope Children’s Charity Achievement Awards Semi-Finals

The Wings of Hope Children’s Charity, a small but proactive children’s charities, runs a social enterprise programme for UK school students in Years 9-13. The Wings of Hope Achievement Award (WOHAA) runs from September to May each year. We require four volunteers for our WOHAA Semi Finals to assist with the smooth running of the day. Student teams will have 10 minutes to present to our panel of distinguished judges, chaired by Sir David Jason (Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses).

For more information about WOHAA, visit our website www.wohaa.co.uk

Role: Achievement Awards Semi-Finals Volunteer
Time: 2 shifts: 8.30am – 1pm & 1pm – 5.30pm
House of Lords, Palace of Westminster
Contact:
Rajni, rajni@thewingsofhope.org, 0208 438 1598


Tuesday 29th April
RNLI London Lifeboat Day

We are looking for Lifeboat Ambassadors to join us on the streets of London and help raise money for a truly valiant cause – the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. Last year, Lifeboats on the Thames launched 733 times and rescued 372 people. Today, 22 lives will be saved by the RNLI volunteer crew all over the country and our flood rescue team are on 24/7 standby. We receive no funding from the government and rely on fundraising and donations from the public. Have you got what it takes to spread awareness of the RNLI in the capital and help us raise vital funds to continue saving lives?! If so, we would love to hear from you.

Role: London Lifeboat Day Ambassador
Time: 7am – 7pm
Tube and railway station around central London
Contact:
Lucy Springate and Alexandria Drury, ro_gl@rnli.org.uk


April - July
British Red Cross Dance: Make Your Move

Dance: Make Your Move is a British Red Cross dance competition for young people aged 4-18. Dancers create a dance based around the work of the Red Cross and get sponsored to perform in front of an audience of family and friends. We are looking for volunteers to help backstage and front of house, ensuring the smooth running of the show and assisting with fundraising activities. This is a great opportunity to get work experience in fundraising events or for those looking for experience with event management, the arts or working with young people.

Role: Fundraising event volunteers (backstage, front of house, technicians)
When: Saturday 26th April, Saturday 3rd May, Saturday 21st June, Saturday 28th June, Sunday 13th July (Volunteers need to be able to attend at least 2 events)
London (various theatres across London)
Contact:
Breanna Thibodeau, dancemakeyourmove@redcross.org.uk


Friday 2nd May
The Wings of Hope Children’s Charity Achievement Awards

The Wings of Hope Children’s Charity, a small but proactive children’s charities, runs a social enterprise programme for UK school students in Years 9-13. The Wings of Hope Achievement Award (WOHAA) runs from September to May each year. We require four volunteers for our WOHAA Awards Ceremony to assist with the set up and smooth running of the event. The evening will feature presentations of awards for the top student teams from across the country as well as performances and entertainment.

For more information about WOHAA, visit our website www.wohaa.co.uk

Role: Achievement Awards Volunteer
Time: 4pm – 10pm
Edward Lumley Hall, Royal College of Surgeons, Holborn
Contact: Rajni, rajni@thewingsofhope.org, 0208 438 1598


Wednesday 7th May, Friday 6th and Thursday 12th June
Action Tutoring One Day GCSE Revision Sessions

Action Tutoring is an educational charity working in partnership with inner city schools to provide free tuition to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds preparing for GCSEs.
Take part in a one off revision day in either English or Maths and help a small group of students as they prepare for their GCSEs.
Training and resources provided, all one off days take place at the partner school and usually run from 9am-3pm.

Role: GCSE Revision Tutor
Time: 9am – 3pm
Partnered Schools
Contact: James Mason, james@actiontutoring.org.uk


Friday 9th May
St John’s Hospice In-Store Fundraising 2014

St John’s Hospice, an independent charity located within the hospital of St John’s and St Elizabeth in St John’s Wood, provides specialised palliative care to  more than 2,000 terminally-ill patients and their families every year.
We need volunteers to help run one of our monthly in-store Sainsbury’s events. We are very lucky to have the support of Sainsbury’s on Finchley road who allow us to host a fundraising collection there once a month.
Your duties will include:

  • Manage an Information Stand
  • Hand out flyers and leaflets
  • Bag pack
  • Collection donations at till points

Role: In-Store Fundraising Volunteer
Time: 12.00- 2.00pm
Sainsburys, Finchley Road
Contact: Katherine France,  volunteers@hje.org.uk ,020 7806 4011

**Please note this event is repeated on the following Fridays: 6th June, 11th July


Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th May
MoonWalk London 2014

Enjoy a night doing something new, meet like-minded people and make new friends! We need masses of volunteers at The MoonWalk London 2014 to support over 17,000 Walkers taking part in a Marathon or Half Marathon challenge in their fantastically decorated bras!
Be part of the original and only “MoonWalk” night power-walking marathon & half marathon, and help us promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for Walk the Walk, a grant making charity.
This is an upbeat, fun & challenging event, so whether you’re coming alone or with a group of friends we have a role to suit everybody!
Learn more at http://www.walkthewalk.org/Volunteer/TheMoonWalkLondon

Role: MoonWalk London Event Volunteer
Clapham Common, SW4 9DE
Contact:
Russell Goodman, volunteers@walkthewalk.org


Sunday 11th May
St John’s Hospice 30th Birthday Celebrations

This year St John’s Hospice is celebrating its 30th birthday with its first sponsored walk. People will be taking part in a 6k walk around Regents Park followed by a birthday party back at the Hospice. We require volunteers to help with all aspects of the event from registering walkers to stewarding the route. We’re really excited to be celebrating 30 wonderful years and hope to share celebrations with a group of fun and enthusiastic volunteers, so get in touch and get involved!

Role: 30th Birthday Celebrations Volunteer
Time: 9.30am – 3pm
Regents Park and St John’s Hospice
Contact: Katherine France, volunteers@hje.org.uk, 020 7806 4011


Sunday 11th May
Thames Bridge Bike Ride 2014

Over 2,000 people will take part in Stroke Associations amazing bike ride which crosses 16 bridges across the Thames. Roles on the day include; being a marshal, a roving marshal, a roving cyclist or helping out at one of 3 pit stops along the route or at the start/finish area.

Role: Thames Bridge Bike Ride Volunteer 2014
Time: From 7am
All across London. The TBBR route starts at Southwark Park and ends at Hampton Court.
Contact:
Charlotte Wahlich, events@stroke.org.uk


Saturday 17th May
Camden Sport and Physical Activity Team Active for All - Give it a Go!

Active for All- Give it a Go! day is a free, fun and inclusive day for disabled children and young people aged 0 – 25 and their families. Participants will have an opportunity to try a fantastic range of inclusive, new and adapted sports, dance and arts activities: Adapted Cycling, Archery, Football, Dance, Badminton, Boccia, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Soft play, Arts and Crafts, Cricket, Athletics, New Age Kurling, Adapted Hockey, Seated Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball.
We will need volunteers to help with tasks including setting up and clearing up before and after the event, supporting sports sessions, support on the registration desk, signposting attendees to activities and generally encouraging attendees to take part in all of the various activities.

Role: Active for All- Give it a Go!
Time: 10:45am - 4pm
Talacre Sports Centre, Dalby St, Kentish Town, London NW5
Contact: 
Sanchia Legister, Sanchia.legister@camden.gov.uk


Saturday 17th May
Royal Institution Family Fun Day

Are you a science enthusiast? You could volunteer with at the Royal Institution, running science demonstrations and activities with young people at our Family Fun Day all about materials science. This is a fantastic opportunity to get experience in science communication. Volunteers will be presenting, explaining and demonstrating science in an informal educational setting so if you have a science background and like the idea of sharing your love of science, get in touch!
This is just one of a number of events the Ri runs throughout the year. We hold a number of family events throughout the year and also go to large scale science exhibitions in the UK. These events are great fun and offer volunteers the opportunity to demonstrate science experiments to young people, children, and their families. If volunteers were interested but were not available on 17th May, they could still get in touch to be put on the volunteer database. Knowledge of materials science is not necessary since all training will be provided.

Role: Family Fun Day Volunteer
Time: 10am - 5pm
Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albermarle Street, London, W1S 4BS
Contact:
Deborah Waller, events@ri.ac.uk


Sunday 18th May
Stephen’s House & Gardens (formerly Avenue House) – Gardening Working Party

Would you like to help maintain a beautiful garden for the community? The Avenue House Estate Trust is a charity that manages an historic Victorian mansion and its ten acres of gardens. The gardens are open to the public, free of charge, every day.  Volunteers work one Sunday a month to help look after the trees and plants. You will work with our paid staff and regular volunteers and we will teach you the basic gardening skills you need, and provide tools and protective gloves – and home-made cake!  Please wear strong shoes.

Role: Gardening Volunteer
Time:11am – 4pm
Stephen’s House & Gardens (formerly Avenue House), Finchley Central
Contact:
Hilary Jarvis, volunteering@friendsofavenuehouse.org, 020 8349 3854

**Please note this event is repeated on the third Sunday of each month, with upcoming dates including 15th June**


Tuesday 20th May
Evelina London Children’s Hospital Cricket Match Collections

We are looking for volunteers to help us raise funds and awareness for Evelina London Children’s Hospital. This involves helping with bucket collections for donations, handing out information and speaking to cricket fans about the hospital. All volunteers will receive a free ticket to a Surrey cricket match.

Role: Cricket Match Collections Volunteer
Time: 6pm - 10pm,
Kia Oval, Vauxhall
Contact: Rowena Bentley, Rowena.Bentley@kcl.ac.uk

**Please note this event is repeated on the following days and times: Thursday 22nd May, 10-2pm & 2-7pm, Friday 30th May, 6-10pm, Friday 6th June, 6-10pm, Friday 13th June, 6-10pm and Friday 27th June, 6-10pm


Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th May
St Pancras Community Association Gardening Project

We are looking for a team of volunteers to visit local older people to help with basic gardening, such as weeding, raking and general tidying up, and also window cleaning. The project would aim to help older people who are less physically able to maintain and enjoy their gardens.
No experience is necessary, just a willingness to get stuck in!

Role: Gardening Project Volunteer
Time: 2pm – 5pm
30 Camden St, London NW1 0LG
Contact:
Laura, SPCA.spca.gns@gmail.com, 020 7383 4829 


Monday 30th June – Wednesday 2nd July
UCL STEaPP/ World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction- Understanding Risk

UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy and the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction are co-hosting Understanding Risk 2014 at the ExCel Centre, London, 30th June – 2nd July 2014.
Understanding Risk is a vibrant, collaborative, global forum in the arena of disaster risk assessment. Attendees will consist of experts and practitioners ranging from representatives of government agencies, civil society, research institutions and industry.
Volunteers will be needed to assist with event coordination, including registration and assisting delegates with any inquiries. We also need technical support volunteers to assist with AV support during the conference sessions – duties will include ensuring any necessary equipment is working correctly, handing around roaming microphones etc.
Event support volunteers will support the smooth running of the conference, and act as visible focal points to assist delegates. Technical support volunteers (5) will assist with AV support during the conference sessions, ensuring that all necessary technical equipment is working correctly, and providing assistance if needed.

Role: Event Support Volunteers & Technical Support Volunteers
ExCel Centre, London
Contact:
Gemma Cassells,


Other News

City Year London invites you to our Open House!

City Year is currently recruiting strong role models and leaders who want a challenging role as tutors and mentors to children in disadvantaged London schools. Have you got what it takes to make a difference?
Join us at our Open House to learn more about City Year by speaking to our corps members and staff… all whilst enjoying some free food and drinks!

When:  Monday 28th April, 5pm – 8pm
Where: City Year London, 58 - 62 White Lion Street, Islington, N1 9PP
Contact: Recruitment@cityyear.org.uk,  0207 014 2680. Please RSVP by Tuesday 22nd April


UCL/London Knowledge Laboratory Computer Games Design Club

Help us pilot a Computer Games Design Club to improve literacy and computer science skills in 11 to 13 year olds in one of UCL’s target boroughs. Participants will work on Missionmaker: a 3D games frame to create visually rich 3D worlds for first-person missions. The designers introduce sets, animated characters, dialogue and music to enhance the tasks.
Based around, and advertised through, the four Newham secondary schools partnered with UCL in Inspire Newham we want to set a research agenda to see how young learners can be enthused, helped and inspired to embrace digital technologies.
This partnership between UCL and the London Knowledge Laboratory at the Institute of Education is a pilot project with further research to be undertaken in 2014/15: it’s a great opportunity for you to get involved from the start.

Role: Computer Games Design Club Volunteers
Where: Secondary schools in Newham
Contact: Michael Stewart, m.stewart@ucl.ac.uk


UCL’s new Global Citizenship Volunteering Programme 2014

The Global Citizenship Programme is a two-week academy for future voluntary sector leaders and the next generation of top professionals

This term, the VSU is launching “GC Volunteering”, a two-week academy for future voluntary sector leaders and others who embrace the challenge of solving complex local and global problems using skill and ingenuity. It runs after summer exams (2 – 13 June 2014). GC Volunteering includes a taught element within UCL, with the assumption of no prior knowledge of the voluntary sector, and a team placement in a London charity. All second and final year undergraduates are eligible.

To learn more about GC Volunteering, please go to www.uclu.org/gcvolunteering (and join the mailing list!) or email Taz Rasul (Volunteering Development Coordinator for the Global Citizenship Programme) on t.rasul@ucl.ac.uk. The mailing list is already open and programme registration begins at the end of February 2014

NB: No one will be able to register to participation in the Global Citizenship Programme until the end of February. That’s one reason why students should join the mailing list in the meantime – so they don’t miss the opportunity to get onto the programme when it arises.