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.
Every month, Sainsbury’s on Finchley Road enables St John’s Hospice to host a fundraising event in store. Previous events have included cake decorating, face painting and fayre advertising. We require volunteers to help out with a variety of roles including merchandise selling, flyering and managing to Hospice information stand.
Role: Sainsbury’s In-store Fundraiser
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Sainsbury’s, Finchley Road
Contact: Katherine France, firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout the festive season, St John’s Hospice hosts a number of collections outside the Hospice Shop and at Tube and Rail Station throughout North West London. Often, collectors are accompanied by a choir who serenade commuters with Christmas carols. We are seeking 5 volunteers to help with each collection.
Role: Christmas Collections Volunteer
Time: Friday 6th December, 5pm - 8pm; Sunday 8th December, 12pm - 2pm; Friday 13th December, 5pm - 8pm
Friday 6th, Paddington Mainline; Sunday 8th, St John’s Hospice Shop; Friday 13th, Baker Street Tube Station
Contact: Anna Foley, email@example.com
Lively Minds is a small charity which seeks to improve the lives of children living in poverty in Ghana and Uganda through its early years education and community empowerment projects.
We have permits for bucket collections the next couple of weekends but are struggling to find volunteers to collect for us. Can you spare just an hour or so to help?
You’d be raising vital funds for us simply shaking a bucket and smiling! Every penny collected will go towards our projects in Ghana and Uganda helping us to give hundreds more children the chance for a brighter future.
Role: Fundraising Volunteer
Shepherds Bush Station
Contact: Julia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 10th December
Small Charities Coalition’s 5th Anniversary Party & Official Brand Launch Event
We’re looking for a group of volunteers to act as stewards and ambassadors at an event we’re running. Duties include reception desk, ushering, serving food & drinks and setting up and closing down the venue.
Role: 5th Anniversary Event Volunteer
Time: 5pm – 9pm
IBM HQ, South Bank, London
Contact: John Barrett, …, 0207 391 4812
Light up a Life is the Hospice’s annual remembrance event. A multi-faith service, candle lit walk and festive reception invites members of the local community to remember loved ones. This is an event for the whole community, not just those families who have been supported by the Hospice this year. Local residents receive a ‘star’ in the post which they can dedicate to a loved one. These stars are returned to the Hospice with a small donation and displayed at the service. We need 15 volunteers to help run the event this year.
Role: Light up a Life Event Volunteer
Time: 5pm – 9pm
St John’s Hospice
Contact: Katherine France, email@example.com
NU Social Health Organisation (NUSHO) is a Charity that helps communities by setting up and supporting Time banks in GP practices, schools and other community groups.
Our Christmas Bring & Fix is an event where Time bank members share their skills with members of the community.
We are looking for two enthusiastic volunteers to be Father Christmas and an Elf for the Christmas grotto that we have hired. You will meet and greet the children and their parents, chat with them and present each child with a present.
Role: Father Christmas and Elf for a Christmas Grotto
When: Sunday 15th December 2013, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Stratford Picture House (Cinema)
Contact: Sonia Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org
WPCA has been at the centre of its community for decades and was set up by local residents in 1972. It is a historical centre with a recently established archive at Bishopsgate Institute. At a cross roads between Archway, Holloway and Tufnell Park our community centre aims to serve people of all generations and cultures and provide something of interest for everyone. WPCA’s core programs are its Lunch Club for Over 60’s, One O’Clock Club (for under 5’s and their carers) and an After School Club (managed by Highbury Roundhouse).
The Lunch Club for Over 60’s has been at the centre of WPCA since its inception, and its values of providing freshly prepared meals and an inclusive environment remain to this day. The meal is affordable and balanced nutrionally. Many of the members to this club live alone or away from their families, and the Lunch Club provides a place for them to meet friends, socialise and take part in a range of activities, from art, gentle exercise and music. Many of our members receive their one hot meal of the day at the Lunch Club. The club also provides support to assist members in difficulty with referrals to either social services or appropriate support groups.
The Christmas party will include a three course meal with a vegetarian option. We plan to have a traditional English Christmas menu with a main of turkey and all its trimmings for dessert Christmas pudding, mince pies and mulled wine. We plan to decorate the venue with style and elegance to make the event feel special and memorable.
We are looking for volunteer singers/choir group to sing songs and carols helping to make our event even more memorable and create a festive and welcoming atmosphere. A photographer will be present too. For many of our members this meal will be the highlight of their Christmas season. For those with no family this will be an opportunity to feel part of a family celebration with their friends.
Role: Christmas Party Singers/ Choir Groups
Time: 12:30pm - 2pm
Whittington Park Community Association, Yerbury Road, London N19 4RS
Contact: Katia Lom, email@example.com
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
Contact: Gemma Unwin at or 0207 974 5633
**Interested individuals are asked to contact Gemma prior to attending the event, and to provide contact information e.g. mobile number**
**Please note the event is repeated on the following dates: Sunday 16th February Valentines 2014, Sunday 16th March 2014, Thursday 17th April Easter Bonanza 2014**
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
Avenue House, Finchley Central
Contact: Hilary Jarvis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 8349 3854
**Please note this event is repeated on the third Sunday of each month, with upcoming dates including: 16th February, 16th March, 20th April, 18th May and 15th June**