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.

Notting Hill Housing Trust - Painting and Decorating Project

The aim of this project is to improve the flats of wheelchair users and make their homes look better and improve their  living environments. We want you to redecorate 3 small bedsits with emulsion for disabled residents.It would be best to start reasonably early in the day –so the paint can dry before residents can move back to their rooms. We are flexible about when this is done, but works will need to be completed in one day.

You need a positive and can do attitude, previous painting experience helps but is not essential.

When: Flexible- over one day

Where: Islington, London N1

Contact: Marian Howell. 07944680263 mhowell@nhhg.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 July
Where: Haringey, London
Contact: For Tuesday and Thursday Conservation Projects: Paul, , 07887 624866.
For Haringey Green Gym: Jacqui, , 07740899 682

July and August
Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School- Summer School – ‘Make a Musical’ in a week

Join our summer fun working with a professional team and students from across the content.

We are looking for personable, reliable and patient volunteers to work at our summer schools (27th -31st July 2015 and 17th-21st August, 9.30am-4pm)

Children aged 7-18 yrs will learn songs, dance routines from well-known films and West End shows whilst creating a musical that they will perform to family and friends. 

Volunteers can either volunteer for one week or both. They will be required to assist the teachers in group work activities that will work towards the show at the end of the week. Volunteers may also be needed at the front desk to welcome the students.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience working with young people as well as experience in a professional working environment.

Volunteer Role(s): Summer School Volunteers

When: 27th -31st July or 17th-21st August 2015,  9.30am – 4pm (morning or afternoon shifts available)

Where: Princess May School, N16 8DF (Nearest station Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction)

Contact: Grace – grace@annafiorentini.com  / 0207 682 1403

July and August
Clear Lines Festival

From the 30th July – 2nd August, the Clear Lines Festival will bring together comedians, performers, writers, visual artists, musicians, cartoonists, psychologists, activists, therapists, and the public in a vibrant, funny (yes funny), very human exploration of themes around sexual abuse, sexual violence, and consent.  

We need people to help us out with guiding guests to the venue, greeting speakers, helping with the smooth running of the event, and checking tickets. You don’t have to give up your whole weekend – even if it’s just an evening or afternoon, we’d be so grateful for help. This is a first of its kind event, and is going to be important and changing. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity.

When: 29th July- 3rd August – sign up to shifts – maximum 6 hours long. Day begin at 11.30am and ends at 11.30pm

Where: L’klectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG

Contact: Kate,  volunteer@clearlines.org.uk

July and August
63 Years of Queen Victoria – Summer at the Ragged School Museum

Join the Ragged School Museum  in July and August for a summer of fun free family activities! The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of canal side buildings which once formed the largest “ragged” or free school in London. During the summer holidays, we provide visiting families with fun and free arts and crafts activities!

We require volunteers to help us run these activities. As a Family Learning Volunteer you will assist visitors at activity tables, encourage them to take part, provide a welcoming atmosphere, and assist with the clean down at the end of the day.

In return, you will receive a full induction and introductory tour, gain experience working with children and families within a heritage environment, and have loads of fun!

We’re looking for friendly, engaging and reliable individuals who have an interest in working with children, and have good spoken English.

Volunteer Role(s): Family Learning Volunteer

When: Every Wednesday and  Thursday from 29th July to the 27th August – 10am until 5pm

Where: Ragged School Museum, 46-50 Copperfield Road, Mile End E3 4RR. Nearest tube station Mile End / DLR Limehouse

Contact: Daniella Hadley, Daniella@raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk

August 2nd
Save the Children- Prudential Ride London Surrey 100

If you’ve got a loud voice and love being part of the action, we’ve got the volunteer role for you! We’re looking for Event Volunteers for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 cycle event, Sunday 2 August, to cheer on our team of 60 riders as they approach the finish. You’ll be based in Wimbledon, at about 90km, a short walk from Wimbledon Station. You don’t need any prior experience, just bring your enthusiasm! To thank you for being part of the loudest cheering team along the cycle route we’ll provide you with T-shirts and snacks.

When: Sunday 2nd of August 9am-5pm

Where: Wimbledon, close walk of Wimbledon Station

Contact: Please contact Evy Bauwens at events@savethechildren.org.uk

2nd August
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation- Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100

We are the UK’s only lung cancer charity. We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people to cheer on our Roy’s Cyclists at this year’s Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100.

It has been said so many times that when our runners are flagging nothing spares them on more than hearing their name cheered from the side-lines and this is where you come in!

You need lots of enthusiasm, passion and the ability to make lots of noise.

When: August 2nd – all day

Where: Various cheering points across London e.g. Earls Court, West Kensington, Kingston upon Thames etc

Contact: Lorraine Scanlon, Volunteer Coordinator lorraine.scanlon@roycastle.org

August 2nd
WellChild Prudential RideLondon 100

On Sunday 2nd August we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to man cheerpoints along the route of the Prudential RideLondon 100 cycle ride to support our 100+ team of WellChild cyclists who aim to raise in excess of £55,000.00 to support seriously sick children.  We know from experience that WellChild volunteer cheerers offer a huge amount of motivation and on the day and will make the WellChild presence along the route that bit more spectacular.

20,000 cyclists will be cycling a modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race route.  This new event offers a unique opportunity to become part of cycling history.  Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by London 2012, Prudential RideLondon 100 will start in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then follow the closed roads throughout the capital and onto Surrey’s stunning country roads and hills.  With leg-testing climbs and a route recently made famous by the world’s best cyclists, this promises to be a truly spectacular event for all those involved!  For more information about the event please visit our website here.

Volunteer Role(s): Cheerering on WellChild cyclists

When: Sunday 2nd August 2015 (anytime between 9am – 5.30pm)

Where: Kingston upon Thames

Contact: Annie Lewis –

2nd August
Shelter- RideLondon

RideLondon is a world class cycling event which sees amateur cyclists take on a 100 mile challenge made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics

Our team of dedicated riders have been training and fundraising for months and we need a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help cheer and motivate them during the race.

The race starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

25, 000 cyclists will take part in this event with over 200 riding and raising money for Team Shelter so that we can continue to help millions of people each year struggling with bad housing and homelessness.

You will need to help create a high energy, friendly atmosphere to show your support for the riders and for Shelter. When cyclists cross the finish line, they will be delighted to see a friendly face and a Shelter shirt. You will need to congratulate them on their monumental achievement and guide them back to our reception.

It’s an incredible day of sport and we’d love you to be a part of it. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Volunteering opportunities available include official cheerer on Putney Bridge, finish point greeter in Green Park & post-race reception support near Green Park.


  • You do not need to bring anything with you on the day, only your biggest smiles and loudest cheers
  • Shelter will provide you with a FREE cheerers T-Shirt

Benefits of volunteering with Shelter: There’s an amazing atmosphere and buzz on the day; excited cyclists, a chance to see cycling greats and a post-race get together in the pub afterward which EVERYONE is invited to.

Role: Cheerers, Greeters and Reception Support

When: 2nd August, 10.00-4.00pm (split into shifts)

Where: Various across London including Putney Bridge and Green Park

Contact: Beth, cycling@shelter.org.uk, 0344 515 1190

2nd August
Macmillan Wimbledon Ride London

Our riders train and fundraise tirelessly so that we can ensure no one faces cancer alone. They are truly incredible and we need to make sure that they are well supported on the day…this is where you come in!

We need you to clap, shout and cheer on our riders as they take on this tough course.

The time you give will help Team Macmillan to raise more money and ultimately improve the lives of people affected by cancer. We are looking for enthusiasm as our riders love hearing you cheer, an approachable and fun personality. Punctuality and reliability is key on the day!

What can you gain from this opportunity: The opportunity to enhance your CV and gain great experience within the charity sector. Most importantly, you will have an enjoyable and fun day with a tema of fantastic staff and volunteers.

Volunteer Role(s): Ride London Events Assistant

When: 2nd August  9am – 5pm

Where: Wimbledon Hill SW20

Contact: Please contact the Macmillan Cycling team for more information.

Email: cycling@macmillan.org.uk

Tel: 020 7840 7875

Saturday 8th August
Queens Crescent Community Centre Summer Festival

QC Summer Festival is back for its’ 14th year with the theme ‘family and ‘healthy living’. It will feature international food, family entertainment, fairground rides and fun activities for all the family.

We are looking for stewarding and information advisor volunteers to help with this year’s festival from 11am-6pm.

Each volunteer will be provided with a free lunch voucher worth £5 which they can use at any of the food stalls!

Want to volunteer?  We would love to hear from you.  Email info@qcca.org.uk

Volunteer Role(s): Festival Stewarts and Information Advisers

When: Saturday 8 August 2015

Where: Queen’s Crescent Community Centre, 45 Ashdown Crescent, London NW5 4QE

Contact: ,uk or Laurene@qcca.org.uk

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August
Concern Worldwide-
London Triathlon 2015

We need many volunteers to cheer on our participants at the London Triathlon on Saturday 8 August and / or Sunday 9 August. We will have a charity tent along the running route so we can support our runners and give them a massive cheer as they go past.

Then we make sure they are at our post-race reception once they’ve crossed the finish line. We will need support to set our tent up for the participants with banners, refreshments and information.

Your voice and enthusiasm will help our runners achieve their personal goals and raise vital funds for Concern’s work.

About you

We are looking for outgoing people who like chatting to the public.  If you have some experience of working at events or festivals, that’s really helpful, but if not, just your enthusiasm will be great.


  • Good communication and self-organisation skills
  • Willingness to get involved and help out
  • An interest in the charity sector, in particular international development

What you’ll be doing

  • Give a massive cheer to all our participants, especially the runners as they go past the Concern Worldwide tent
  • Sign post runners to the post-race reception
  • Help set-up and pack-up Concern’s tent
  • Helping man the information tent
  • Greet and congratulate Concern’s participants on their achievement.

Minimum time commitment is 4-5 hours.
First stage 10am – 2.15pm. Second stage: 2pm – 6pm. (TBC)

What you’ll get out if it

  • A great day out! London Triathlon has an fantastic spirit and we hope to have many enthusiastic people around
  • A chance to build your communications skills and confidence, develop your organisation skills
  • Experience of working at an event
  • An insight into the international development sector


We’ll pay your expenses on a receipts basis to a maximum of £12 for travel and £5 for lunch.

(Only volunteers working a minimum of five hours on the day will be able to claim expenses for lunch).

How to apply

Please send us a summary with the following details:

  • personal details (email address, phone number)
  • please tell us about any previous volunteering experience you may have

Where: ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

Contact: Tekla Kosa, Events Executive, Concern Worldwide - tekla.kosa@concern.net

ReachOut Summer Project

The Summer Project is a 2 week course run 10th-21st August (Monday-Friday) during schools’ summer holidays. The programme supports 160 young people, aged 9-16, living in disadvantaged areas of Hackney particularly those eligible for Free School Meals. The daily structure of the Summer Project is:

-           1 hour Numeracy lesson

-           1 hour Literacy lesson

-           2 hours non-academic sports activity

-           Each week ½ a day allocated to an excursion (cinema, ice-skating, rock climbing, swimming, bowling)

The project will support the young people by helping them improve their academic ability and giving them the strength of character to overcome any negative influences surrounding them.

Volunteering on the Summer Project is a great way to make a big difference to a young person’s life. As a volunteer you will develop great leadership, team work, relationship building and conflict resolution skills, all valued highly by employers.

Volunteer Role(s): Teaching Assistant / Sports Assistant

When: Include date and shift times August 10th-21st (Monday-Friday) 11am-4pm

Where: Location details The Petchey Academy, Shacklewell Lane, Hackney, E8 2EY

Contact: Roly Hunter, roly.hunter@reachoutuk.org

11th August
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: Tuesday 11th August, 11am – 4pm
Where: Camden Centre
Contact: Harriet Newcombe, , 0207 974 5633

**Interested individuals are asked to contact Harriet prior to attending the event to provide contact information e.g. mobile number**
**Please note that this event is repeated on the following dates: Monday 7th September, Sunday 4th October, Sunday 15th November
 Sunday 13th December – Christmas Celebration

16th August
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 16th August
Where: Stephen’s House & Gardens (formerly Avenue House), Finchley Central
Contact: Marie-Christine O’Callaghan, volunteer@stephenshouse
, 020 8349 3854

**Please note that this event is repeated on the following dates: 20th September, 18th October

26th and 27th September
Cancer Research UK - Shine Night Walk

Shine Night Walk is Cancer Research UK’s night-time walking full or half marathon open to men and women. People from all over the UK will join us for an incredible night on 26th September to help us raise over 5million for Cancer Research UK.
This September, Shine Night Walk needs you to support over 17,000 men and women as they take to the streets on London to walk all over cancer. We need lots of volunteers, so please do sign up today and help us to beat cancer sooner.
Your passion, experience and dedication will really help to make Shine Night Walk a success – motivating Shiners around the full or half marathon course. You could get involved in anything from setting up the course to running one of the Pit Stops or generating excitement over the loudspeaker at the start area.

When: Saturday 26th night - Sunday 27th September morning, or in the run up to the event
Where: Depends on each role,
Contact: Shine Volunteer Manage. volunteering-londonshine@cancer.org.uk

More information at : http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/charity-walks/shine-night-walk/support-on-the-night/volunteering#shine_volunteer_20