University College London Union

One-Off Volunteering Programme

Throughout the year the VSU promotes 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.

Target Ovarian Cancer- Station Collections

Target Ovarian Cancer is the national ovarian cancer charity working to save lives and help women diagnosed live their lives to the full, wherever they are in the UK. We aim to increase early diagnosis, find new treatments and provide support to women. We do this because there is an urgent need to secure progress. 4300 women sadly lose their lives to ovarian cancer each year with the UK having the lowest survival rates in Europe.

We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic and reliable volunteers, able to collect for a couple of hours. This will involve speaking with the public about our work and listening to their experiences of cancer. Volunteers will be given a t-shirt, bucket and all other materials needed for the day as well as a letter and certificate afterwards.

For every minute you collect, the money you raise could allow four women to receive a leaflet letting them know about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Can you give an hour of your time this January?


26 February – Liverpool Street mainline station

Contact: Simon (Fundraising Assistant) - staylor@targetovariancancer.org.uk

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
Where: Somers Town Community Centre, London
Contact: Shaun Dixon, Camden@goodgym.org, 0203 432 3920

“Shake it for Street Children”

Street Child UK, a charity that aims to create educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable children in West Africa, has a launched an Ebola Emergency Appeal.

While we strive to continue providing children with access to quality education, we have temporarily shifted our focus to respond to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa through the distribution of basic rations, sensitisation forums and provision of buckets, soap and chlorine to actually enable communities to take positive steps to increase hygiene and reduce prospects for the spread of the virus in their area.

Street Child is currently looking to raise awareness and funds towards to Ebola Appeal.

Due to the urgent nature of the appeal we are looking for confident and charming volunteers to shake buckets at various pre-organised street and tube locations across central London. Not only will you help raise awareness about Street Child UK and the Ebola Crisis in West Africa, you will also help raise much needed funds.

When: Typically 1-3hour shifts 1 or more times per year.

Where: Around City of London, Tube Stations, and Network Rail Stations.

Contact: Lizzie Lake at lizzie@street-child.co.uk

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.

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
When: Throughout January
Where: Haringey, London
Contact: For Tuesday and Thursday Conservation Projects: Paul, , 07887 624866.
For Haringey Green Gym: Jacqui, , 07740899 682.

C4WS Homeless Project Friday Club

C4WS Homeless Project runs a weekly drop-in Friday Club to provide food, hospitality and welfare support to the homeless, vulnerable and isolated.

Offering a safe and welcoming space for people to enjoy companionship, hot drinks and refreshments, a hot and healthy lunch is also served.

We are looking for cooking teams who could come in to cook and serve the lunch for 40 people – including a provision of 10 vegetarians.

It is up to the cooking teams what they want to prepare though we advise keeping dishes simple so as to cater for a wide range of tastes. In the past, teams have cooked soup and sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, pasta bakes, lasagne and chicken pie.

Teams must purchase their own ingredients and will be reimbursed up to £50 on provision of receipts. They are welcome to use our on-site kitchen on-site which has all the necessary mod-cons and cooking apparatus, though we are equally happy if they want to prepare at home and arrive with dishes to serve.

We ask chefs to aim to serve lunch at 12.30pm and encourage cooks to sit down and enjoy the food with guests of the Club and get to know them.

When: Fridays, 11 - 2

Where: 6 Crestfield Street, London, WC1H 8AT

Contact: Sam Forsdike – sam@c4wshomelessproject.org

28th February
The Street Store: #makelondonhome

The Street Store London is a VSU student-led project that aims to support the homeless. We are hosting a day-long event, creating a free pop-up store providing food and clothing for the homeless. The event is backed by O2 and Pret A Manger.

We need enthusiastic volunteers who can assist homeless people to browse and choose the items that they want and provide them with a safe and welcoming shopping experience. Volunteers will be working in 2-4 hour shifts and will be provided with lunch.

We believe that many people become homeless due to a combination of circumstances and misfortune. We are passionate about bringing The Street Store to London to give the homeless a chance to choose their own clothes and to feel welcome.

Volunteer roles: clothing store assistants, kitchen assistants, security staff

When: Saturday 28th February 2015

Where: Islington Green, Upper Street, London, N1 8DU

Contact: Liz Nguyen, Project Leader, thestreetstorelondon@gmail.com


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Twitter @StreetStoreLDN

Sunday 1st March
Parkinson’s UK Bath Half Marathon

We’re the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity. For more than 40 years we’ve been working to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

We urgently need volunteers to assist our events team at the Bath half marathon setting up the cheering point, cheering participant’s on while they take part in their event and meeting and speaking to friends and family of participants.

When: Sunday 1st March 2015

Where: Bath

Contact: volunteering@parkinsons.org.uk

March- June
Richard House Children’s Hospice Bucket Collections

Throughout the year we hold bucket collections at local supermarkets, train stations, football clubs or the Woolwich Ferry. But we need your help!

Bucket collections can raise anything from £300- £1500 a day for the Hospice, which makes a real difference. However, in order for these collections to be a success we need more volunteers to help out. For a successful collection, we would need volunteers who can spare even an hour of their time each.                   

You can help with any of the following collections:

When and Where: Wednesday 4th March- Upton Park Station

Tues 17th March- Paddington Tube Station

Tues 24th March- Euston Tube Station

Friday 3rd April- Canada Water Tube Station

Saturday 11th April- Upton Park Tube Station

Tuesday 14th April- Leyton Tube Station

Saturday 16th May- West Ham Tube Station

Contact: Rachel Green rachelg@richardhouse.org.uk

6th March Lively Minds-
Station Collections

Lively Minds is a small charity which aims to improve the lives of children living in poverty in Ghana and Uganda through our early years education and community empowerment projects.

We have a permit for a bucket collection on 6th March at London Euston Station and are looking to find volunteers to collect for us. Can you spare just an hour or so to help?

As we are a very small charity you’d be raising vital funds for us by simply shaking a bucket and smiling! This is a great opportunity to gain experience in fundraising, enhance your CV and support a development charity. We need lots of people to help on the day so please spread the word and ask your friends to volunteer with you too! Every penny collected will go towards our projects in Ghana and Uganda helping us to give hundreds more children living in poverty the chance for a brighter future. 

Volunteer Role(s):  Fundraiser volunteer in bucket collection at London Euston Station.

When: 6th March, anytime between 8am-10pm, can collect for an hour or two at a time of your choice.

Where: London Euston Station

Contact: Lillie Swift,  lillie@livelyminds.org,

7th March
A Hackney Autobiography: Recording Memories and Publishing Lives

On the Record (an oral history co-operative) and Bishopsgate Institute Library (an architecturally stunning home for ideas and debate) are creating an archive of publications, exhibitions, photos and poetry associated with the groundbreaking community publisher, Centerprise. We need enthusiastic volunteers to help catalogue these exciting collections in conversation with community groups and to write about items that inspire them. Volunteers will be trained how to archive collaboratively and to share heritage on social media.

Centerprise hosted a bookshop, publishing project, reading centre, café, youth club, creche and more all under one roof in Dalston. In the 1970s and 1980s it was not only a place to buy books, it made it possible for local people to write and publish their own works of poetry, autobiography and history.

Volunteer Role(s): Archivists/Writers

When: Saturday 7th March 2015, 11am-5.30pm

Where: Bishopsgate Institute Library

Contact: Laura Mitchison, Co-Director of On the Record CIC, laura@on-the-record.org.uk

Sunday 1st March  – Monday 25th May
HQS Wellington Exhibition

HQS Wellington is a former Royal Navy sloop that served through the Second World War as an escort. Today she is owned by the Wellington Trust whose purpose is the education of the nation on the history of the Merchant Navy. To coincide with the WW1 centenary the Trust is staging an exhibition entitled Hospital and Troop Ships – Transporting the wounded in the First World War, with the aim of telling the story of the naval side of the First World War, looking specifically at hospital and troop ships that carried the soldiers and military personal across the waters.

To help with the event we are looking for Exhibition Volunteers to take on a number of important duties including:

  • Welcome visitors onto the HQS Wellington and arrange tours
  • Assist visitors with any queries about the Exhibition
  • Operate the sound and video equipment related to the Exhibition
  • Contribute to providing a safe environment for visitors, staff and others on board
  • Ensure the security of the Exhibition
  • Assist with the setting up and closing down of the Exhibition at the beginning and end of the day

As part of this role you will receive training for:

  • Fire and Evacuation procedures
  • Customer Service
  • Working on heritage public events and educational activities

There will be further opportunities to train as a Tour Guide delivering Exhibition and Ship tours once the Exhibition has opened.

The Exhibition Volunteer role is essential to maintain the smooth running of the exhibition so please get in touch and get involved!

Role: Exhibition Volunteer
Time: Open 2 days a week (Sunday & Monday), 11am – 5pm.
Where: HQS Wellington, Victoria Embankment, London
Contact: To apply, send a CV and Covering Letter to Melany Rose, hpo@thewellingtontrust.com

**Please note this event is repeated on the following dates: Sunday 1st March – Monday 25th May 2015**

Saturday 14th March & Saturday 21st March
Anna Fiorentini Annual Variety Performance

Join a vibrant team working with young performers from across the Capital. Students aged 7-18 yrs will be performing to an audience of 500 with a selection of musical theatre routines.

We are looking for reliable, patient and personable volunteers to work backstage at our annual show and rehearsal on 14th and 21st March 2015. Volunteers are required to work backstage in the theatre ensuring the children are safe, calm and ready for their performance. They will need to make sure students are in the correct costume and ready to go on stage at the right time.

This a great opportunity to gain experience working with young people as well as experience in a professional working theatre. Although the students are excitable, they are also nervous before the performance so we are looking for helpful and understanding volunteers who can help them find a level of excitement and professionalism.

Volunteer Role(s): Backstage Show Volunteers

When: Saturday 14th March – 9am – 5.30pm / 21st March – 9am – 10pm (shifts available)

Where: Parliament Hill School, NW5 & Bernie Grant Arts Centre, N11

Contact: Rhiannon Mosson – rhiannon@annafiorentini.com / 0207 682 1403

Sunday 15th March
Alzheimer’s Society North London Half Marathon

Alzheimer’s Society require a team of enthusiastic volunteers to cheer on and support our runners at the Vitality North London Half Marathon on the morning of 15 March 2015. Our cheer point will be located near to Colindale station. Mo Farah is the official race starter so it’s sure to be an exciting day!

Cheers and encouragement really do help all our runners around the course and ensure we provide our supporters with a memorable event experience. No previous experience is needed and we will give you a briefing pack and more information closer to the event day. A great day and great volunteer experience.

When: 15 March 2015

Where: Colindale Avenue, Colindale

Contact: Gaby Morgan – events@alzheimers.org.uk

15th March
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

When: Sunday 15th March, 11am – 4pm

Where: Stephen’s House & Gardens (formerly Avenue House), Finchley Central

Contact: Hilary Jarvis, volunteer@stephenshouseandgardens.com, 020 8349 3854

**Please note this event is repeated on the third Sunday of each month. Upcoming dates include: 15 February, 15 March, 16 April, 17 May, 21 June, 12th July.

Sunday 15th March
Camden Tea Dance

Camden Centre are holding their monthly Tea Dance for over 50s Camden residents.
They need volunteers to help with the café bar, the ticket desk and general venue management duties during this busy and fun afternoon.

Role: General volunteer
When: Sunday 15th March
Where: Camden Centre
Contact: Gemma Unwin, , 0207 974 5633
**Interested individuals are asked to contact Gemma prior to attending the event to provide contact information e.g. mobile number**

**Please note that this event is repeated on the following dates: Tuesday 7th April, Tuesday 19th May
and Sunday 14th June**

21st and 22nd March
St John’s Hospice Easter Fayre

St John’s Hospice is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our annual Easter Fayre on 21st and 22nd March. These are all day events however times for volunteering will vary depending on the volunteering role (between 9am and 6pm). Volunteers can specify whether they would prefer a morning or an afternoon shift. Roles will include helping to set up the event, helping stall holders, selling raffle tickets, supervising children’s rides and activities and clearing away. This will be a fun event with opportunities to mingle with a wide variety of people and staff/volunteers from the Hospice.

Volunteer Role(s): Various roles – man stalls, stewarding, collecting tickets, selling merchandise.

When: 21st and 22nd March, 8:00-11:00, 11:00-3:00, 3:00 – 7:00

Where: St John’s Wood Church Gardens, located at the end of St John’s Wood High Street.

Contact: Shelley Mcguigan, volunteers@hje.org.uk

Tuesday 24th March
UCLU Vietnamese Society- Colours of Vietnam

On Tuesday 24th March 2015, UCLU Vietnamese Society will organise “Colours of Vietnam”, a Vietnamese Festival at UCL. We need volunteers to help us organise the activities through out the day (11am - 5pm), including the food stalls, traditional games, craft and art stalls, and crowd control. There will be two shifts during the day: 11am - 2pm, and 2pm - 5pm. This is a good opportunity for you to demonstrate teamwork and event organizing skills, and have fun during the Culture Fair as well! Please send an email to Nhi Nguyen (phung.nguyen.13@ucl.ac.uk) for job description and other information.

Saturday 28th March
Kentish Town Community Centre Bake Off

Kentish Town Community Centre (KTCC) is an independent charitable organisation based in Kentish Town, Camden. We opened our doors to the public in May 2004, providing bespoke and inclusive activities to the entire community. This includes services for everyone from the under 5s to the over 50s, not forgetting intergenerational activities to bring us closer together.

This roles requires an enthusiastic and friendly Events Assistant for its ‘It’s A Bake-Off!’ event, taking place on Saturday 28th March 2015. There will be a baking competition, tea party and children’s egg hunt and crafts during the day.

Volunteers will help to set up and get ready for the event, assist with the tea party and cake competition, collect donations, take photos and interact with attendees.

You will need to be available from 1pm until 6pm on the 16th May, but will be able to take breaks throughout.

When: Saturday 28th March, 1pm- 6pm

Where: Kentish Town Community Centre, 17 Busby Place, London NW5 2SP

Contact: Isabelle Fathimani,  isabelle@ktcc.org.uk

3rd June
Barnsbury Green Works

Newlon Fusions Barnsbury Community Centre aims to develop a 26m2 green space within Barnsbury Estate, Islington and is in search for volunteers to champion its transformation. As a community regeneration charity, we wish to transform the space to act as a catalyst for creating a sense of community for locals. With it we aim to welcome local residents to engage in sustainable activities which are green, health-driven and utilised for positive social outcomes – chief amongst them, transforming people’s views on the environment, health, mental wellbeing and empowering locals to grow their own food and engage with the community. Newlon Fusion is inviting volunteers to be involved from design to project implementation – if you think you have a specific skill set that would be of use, please contact us. Opportunities are designed to contribute to UCL students’ professional portfolio and development.

Role(s): Landscapers, designers, structural engineers – consultations also needed prior to the event. Also labourers, day helpers and gardeners.

When: 3rd June, 10am-4pm

Where: Barnsbury Community Centre, 10 Jays Street, London, N1 0TJ

Contact: Jenefa Khanom – Jenefa.khanom@newlonfusion.org.uk, 020 7833 2525