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.

Monday 15th December
Nightingale Children’s Project Charity Carol Singing

The Nightingale Children’s Project is a small charity working with disadvantaged young people and those living with HIV in Romania. We are hosting a special 12 hour marathon fundraising carol concert on Monday 15th December. We urgently need enthusiastic volunteers to sing and/ or shake buckets at the event. We really need lots of people to keep the singing going! Wrap up warm and look festive! We’ll provide carol sheets, santa hats etc. It really is the ultimate way to get into the Christmas spirit…

We will meet on the main station concourse near to the ticket office and W H Smith at Victoria Train Station, London.

When: Monday 15th December, 2 hours shifts between 8.00am – 8.00pm

Where: Victoria Train Station

Contact: Cecilia Stinton, cecilia.stinton@gmail.com

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?

When/Where: 15 January - King’s Cross underground station

22 January - Great Portland Street underground station

29 January - Old Street underground station

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

Friday 19th December
KCB Marchmont Community Centre Christmas Gala Hall Decoration

This special Christmas Lunch and afternoon of entertainment is being hosted for the centre’s Older People’s Group, volunteers and support staff.

We need volunteers to help prepare the tables, welcome our members and help celebrate this special event with us, socialising and assisting as necessary so that all will have a truly unforgettable Christmas celebration. We would also welcome students to help devise about 30 minutes of entertainment such as leading a carol sing-a-long or other musical event or dramatic activity of your choice

When:  Friday December 19th – Gala Christmas Lunch 10.00- 5.00pm

10:00 Students arrive to help to set up

11:15 Guests start to arrive

12:00 Lunch is served

2:00 Traditional Punch and Judy Show

2:30 Centre member will sing for us

2:45 UCL student entertainment

3:15 Quiz/Bingo

4:00 Christmas Tea

4:30 Finish and clean up

Where: Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB

Contact: Diane Fisher, diane.fisher@kcbna.org.uk

Holborn Community Association Bedford House 60th Anniversary Celebration

Holborn Community Association is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the last successful campaign to rebuild Bedford house (1955-2015) which coincides with 25 years of the incorporation of the current association. Following its destruction in the war the community effort to bring back Bedford house was a huge achievement and we believe our current efforts to redevelop the site are its proud inheritors. The event will celebrate the history of the place as well as looking to the future. We are inviting members of the local community, councillors, HCA present and previous staff, our partners, funders and volunteers.
We urgently need volunteers to:
•           Help with the set-up of events, displaying promotional material etc
•           Putting up signs and banners
•           Meet and greet participants
•           Promoting and selling HCA Raffle tickets
•           Coordinating refreshments
•           Encouraging people to leave their details so that we can forward them further information about HCA services
When: Wednesday 10th December – 4pm – 8pm
Where: 35 Emerald Street, WC1N 3QW
Contact: Saira Hassan, saira.hassan@holborncommunity.co.uk

Newlon Fusion 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: 14th January, 10am-4pm

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

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

Street Child “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.
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
When: Throughout October and November
Where: 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.

Sunday 10th August – Monday 15th December
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**

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
Time: 6:45pm - 8:30pm
Where: Somers Town Community Centre, London, NW1 1EE
Contact: Shaun Dixon, Camden@goodgym.org, 0203 432 3920

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice London Underground Collections

Noah’s Ark is an expanding children’s hospice service, providing practical and emotional support to life-threatened or life-limited children and young people, and their families, living within the communities of North London, specifically the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. To date Noah’s Ark has worked with more than 200 families.

We urgently need Volunteers to help us out at our London Undergound collections within specific Tube stations

Name of Event: London Underground Collections

Volunteer Role(s): Bucket collecting within specific London Underground stations

When: Sunday 14th December, Friday 19th December

Where: Wood Green Station, Angel Station & Belsize Park Station (respectively to dates)

Time: All stations will have collection time slots; 11am – 2pm & 2pm – 5pm

Contact: Taylan Uysal – Tuysal@noahsarkhospice.org.uk

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice: Brent Cross Bucket Collection & Carol Singing

Noah’s Ark is an expanding children’s hospice service, providing practical and emotional support to life-threatened or life-limited children and young people, and their families, living within the communities of North London, specifically the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. To date Noah’s Ark has worked with more than 200 families.

We urgently need volunteers to help us out at our bucket collections and carol singing  at Brent Cross.

Volunteer Role(s): Bucket Collection OR Carol Singing

When: Sunday 14th Dec, Wednesday 17th Dec, Thursday 18th Dec & Saturday 20th Dec

Time: Time slots; 10am – 2pm, 2pm – 6pm

Where: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW4 3FP

Contact: Taylan Uysal – Tuysal@noahsarkhospice.org.uk

Get Connected- Connected Christmas

Come and join our band of merry yellow Santas spreading Christmas cheer across London to help raise vital funds for the Get Connected helpline this winter. We will be collecting at Baker Street, carolling at Trafalgar Square and holding a family fun day at Old Spitalfields Market. We want some enthusiastic and engaging volunteers to shake a bucket and engage the public in support of our helpline service for under 25s who need help and don’t know where to turn. You will benefit from learning about a worthwhile cause, exercise your communication skills and that warm and fuzzy feeling from doing something special for young people in need.

Volunteer Role(s): Fundraiser bucket shakers


Baker Street Tube station collection - Thursday 11th December 4 hour shifts between (6.30 am – 10pm)

Trafalgar Square carolling collection Wednesday 17th December (6.45pm-8pm)


11th Dec - Baker Street Station, Marylebone Rd London NW1

17th Dec – Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN

Contact: Genevieve Hinchliff – Genevieve.hinchliff@getconnected.org.uk

12th December
Text Santa raising funds for Wellchild

Text Santa, ITV’s charity fundraising appeal is back in 2014 and it’s going to be bigger than ever. The show will be hosted by stars such as Ant & Dec,  Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness as well as featuring  a number of exciting celebrity appearances.

This year six charities will benefit from the appeal including Wellchild  and they need your help to raise as much money and awareness as possible!

Text Santa will be taking over stations across London for three days this Christmas.

We need you for 2/3 hours (or more if you can spare it!) between 7am and 7pm on Friday 12th December at Euston Square Tube Station, London.

Teams of volunteers will be provided with a WellChild t-shirt and bucket and staff will be on hand to support you.  Help us to kick off Text Santa’s appeal with a bang!

Volunteer Role(s): Bucket collection

When: Friday 12th December between 7am & 7pm

Where: Euston Square Tube Station

Contact: Annie Lewis – Volunteer Coordinator, annielewis@wellchild.org.uk.