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.

Saturday 27 September
Cancer Research UK SHINE Night Walk

Sleep can wait, beating cancer can’t. Register as a Shine volunteer today!

Shine Night Walk is Cancer Research UK’s night time walking full and half marathon, open to both men and women. 17,000 Shiners will take to the streets of London to walk all over cancer, together raising £4.7 million, and helping to bring forward the day all cancers are cured. To make this event possible we need over 1,000 Shine volunteers, without our amazing volunteers the event simply wouldn’t be possible

This is an amazing opportunity to get some hands on event experience! And with 6 volunteering roles there’s something for everyone!

Role: Shine Night Walk Volunteer
Where: The event will run between Southwark Park and Old Billingsgate taking in some of London’s most iconic landmarks!
Contact: For more information go to our website : http://shine.cancerresearchuk.org/support-shine/volunteer

Sunday 28th September
Sparks Treasure Trail

Sparks funds medical research into conditions affecting the health of babies, children and mums-to-be. Every day 1 in 30 babies in the UK are born with a condition which may affect them for life. Each year, less than £10 per child is spent on research into child health. We raise money to fund pioneering children’s medical research to get this to change.
The Sparks Treasure Trail is an exciting and fun way for us to raise these vital funds. The day will be packed with a variety of activities for under 10 year olds including; Treasure trail, Rock Choir, Face painting and more.
As a member of the Sparks team you could be involved in a range of activities. So get in touch and be part of the team making this a great family day of fun!!! The more volunteers at the event the more the fun can be spread … .

Role: Treasure Trail Volunteer
Time: Half day or full day
Where: Wandsworth Common, London
Contact: challenge@sparks.org.uk, 020 7091 7750 (ask for one of the Challenge Events Team)

Sunday 28th September
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
Time: 11am – 4pm
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: Thursday 23rd October, Sunday 30th November**

Sunday 28th September
London Bridges Walk to Cure Diabetes

The London Bridges Walk to Cure Diabetes is a sponsored 9k and 5k charity walk to raise money for type 1 diabetes research.

Last year 400 JDRF supporters took part in this walk raising over £63,000. We couldn’t run the event without help from volunteers. Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt, high vis vest and lunch.

Role: Route Marshalls
Time: 8am – 1pm
Where: Victoria Embankment Gardens
Contact: Hannah Roberts, greaterlondon@jdrf.org.uk

September & October
St John’s Hospice Art Project

St John’s Hospice are seeking Art Students to assist with a project at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. We need some talented artists who are able to give up a few hours of their time in September and October to assist staff with a creative project.

Staff have been given the task to produce a poster that best reflects the organisations charitable ethos which will then be produced as part of a new marketing campaign.

We want every staff member to have equal chance regardless of their artistic ability and therefore would like to recruit some talented volunteers to help. #

Role: Art Volunteer

When: September and October

Where: St John’s Hospice. St John’s Wood

Contact: Katherine France, katherine.france@hje.og.uk

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

6th - 12th October
Noah’s Ark Hospice Care Week Charity Collection at Brent Cross

Noah’s Ark has been given a great opportunity to hold a charity collection at Brent Cross Shopping Centre during Hospice Care Week, in which we will be engaging with the community and raising funds for your local Children’s Hospice. You can attend with your friends and make a really fun session out of it!

Volunteer Role(s): Collections

When: 6th – 12th October (any date available) – 11am – 2pm OR 2pm – 5pm

Where: Location details

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

8th October- 2nd November
Technopop London

Technopop is a new festival celebrating science, technology, innovation and design in Stratford London www.technopop.co.uk. Beginning on 8 October, there will be four weeks of free workshops and events for everyone aged 6 – 19, their teachers and their families.

We need volunteers to help make Technopop a really inspiring event. There is the opportunity to support all sorts of activities including: VEX Robotics workshops; tours of Bloodhound – the land speed record car; Code Clubs; Mission X Train Like an Astronaut, and much, much more.

Every volunteer will receive training before joining any activity so all you need to get involved is a passion for making young people passionate about science and technology. 

Whatever time you spend at Technopop, you will have the chance to work with leading science and technology organisations and help inspire the next generation of inventors, designers and entrepreneurs.

When: 8 October – 2 November and is open 9.30am – 4.30pm from Wednesday to Sunday each week. You can volunteer for one day, two days or for the full run.

Where: Stratford, East London

Contact: Register online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteer-registration-for-technopop-london-2014-registration-9896703306 or email nicola@technopop.co.uk

Friday 10th October
St John’s Hospice
Christmas Collections

Throughout the festive season, hosts a number of collections to raise money from the general public. Quite often these are accompanied by a choir singing. We are seeking volunteers to help with collections on the following dates:

For each collection we are seeking the help of 5 volunteers.

Role: Christmas Collections Volunteer

When: Friday 10th October

Where: 02 Centre Finchley Road

Contact: Katherine France, katherine.france@hje.og.uk

**Please note this event is repeated on the following dates: Friday 17th October, 02 Centre Finchley Road; Thursday 27th November, Paddington Station; Thursday 4th December, Paddington Station**

13th- 24th October
Degrees of Change

UCL’s Sustainability Team are seeking ‘Degrees of Change’ Ambassadors to help with their Degrees of Change Festival, taking place from Monday 20th – Friday 24th October this year.

By becoming an Ambassador you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the work of the Sustainability Team, gain experience of running events and public engagement and meet other students with an interest in sustainability.

Ambassadors will provide assistance with the following activities:

  • Volunteering at an exhibition in the North Cloisters from 11-2 on one or more days; talking to visitors about the exhibition and collecting responses to the exhibition from attendees.
  • Helping run events including a ‘tear-down’ (a workshop focusing on the dismantling everyday goods, while discussing their construction and potential for reuse) and a build a solar oven workshop.
  • Delivering and installing low carbon idea suggestion boxes around campus
  • Gathering low carbon ideas and pledges from attendees at 1 or more of our lunchtime workshops (22nd and 23rd October)

We are also looking for a larger number of Degrees of Change Ambassadors to gather ideas about carbon saving at UCL from at least 10 peers or colleagues, either online or in person.

When: Installing suggestion boxes: 13th-17th October

Volunteering at the exhibition: 20th-24th October, 11-2.  We would like each person to volunteer for two of these slots.

Where: Primarily the North Cloisters, but potentially some other locations too.


Joanna Marshall-Cook


020 3108 3330

Sunday 19th October
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 19th October, 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: 16th November**

October 20th- 26th
Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival

Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia is the London Centenary Festival celebrating the life and work of the great poet Dylan Thomas, and we are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers!

We need help with stewarding at events during the festival week (Oct 20th-26th). In return, we can offer two free tickets to any event happening during the festival (subject to availability), and a fun and friendly working environment. Weʼd love to hear from you! Please email hello@dylanthomasfitzrovia if you are interested.

Volunteer Role(s): Stewarding, assisting the team during events.

When: One day of work, from October 20th - 26th 2014

Where: Various locations in Fitzrovia

Contact: Caggy Kerlogue, Production Manager and Volunteer Co-Ordinator, 

Saturday 1st November
UCL & Geologists’ Association Festival of Geology

The GA Festival Geology is the main event for the UK wide Geologists’ Association, the organisation that promotes the Earth sciences, especially, but not solely to amateurs. Around 1000-2000 members attend each year. The event is held in the Wilkins building of UCL. There are stands, displays and pop-up shops and exhibitions as well as lectures and field trips organised. The organisers are looking for UCL students to act as stewards for the event, to help direct visitors to lecture theatres, toilets, cafés etc. and generally help out with questions.

Role: GA Festival Steward

When: Saturday 1st November, 10am – 4.30pm.

Where: UCL Wilkins & South Wing Buildings. The main events will be in the Cloisters, JBR, Rock Room & Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre

Contact: Dr Ruth Siddall (r.siddall@ucl.ac.uk) or Dr Wendy Kirk (w.kirk@ucl.ac.uk)

Sunday 12th October
Royal Parks Half Marathon

Alzheimer’s Society

We need enthusiastic volunteers to join us at the Alzheimer’s Society cheer point along the course. This is where we need you to be as loud and encouraging as you can possibly be!
You’ll get a free T-shirt, refreshments and materials to help give our team a really big cheer.
By giving your time you’ll be part of a passionate team supporting our runners to reach the finish line at this exciting event.

Role: Event cheer point volunteer
Time: 9.30am – 12pm (flexible)

Where: Hyde Park
Contact: Victoria Barker, Victoria.Barker@alzheimers.org.uk.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK has 650 runners at this year’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, and we are looking for a group of fun and friendly cheerer’s to help support them as they aim to raise £240,000.
We want to make sure they have all the motivation they need when they are out on the course. All you will need to bring with you is your most vocal support, and any friends and family that want to join you, to ensure that our runners all feel like super heroes as they cross the line. Together We Will beat Cancer sooner.

Role: Cheering Volunteer
Time: 9am – 12pm
Where: Hyde Park
Contact: Will Savage, sportsvolunteer@cancer.org.uk


The NSPCC was founded in 1884 and our vision is still to end cruelty to children in the UK.
The Royal Parks Half Marathon is a stunning autumnal city run which starts in the beautiful Hyde Park, and follows a route through London and round some of London’s most stunning royal parks.
We have up to 350 runners taking part for the NSPCC, and we want to give them a really big boost around the course with lots of cheers and encouragement from our cheer points based in Hyde Park. We will of course provide NSPCC t-shirts, cheering materials, drinks and snacks to make it a really fun day!

Role: Cheering Squad Volunteer
Time: 9.00am – 12pm
Where: Green Park or Hyde Park
Contact: Rachel Anderson, Rachel.anderson@nspcc.org.uk


With a team of 120 dedicated runners, Team Shelter will be stepping out to race the iconic Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. We’ll have 2 cheer points in Hyde Park, and we need your support to help cheer the team on as they race the leafy course. We’ll also need help marshalling runners from the finish line towards the post-race festival area for a well-deserved cuppa.

We’ll provide you with everything you need, including a free Shelter T-Shirt, hand clappers, and a Shelter poncho just in case!

Come along and soak up the wonderful atmosphere with us, and be part of something amazing this October.

Role: Cheering Volunteers and Marshalls

When: Sunday 12th October, 9.00am – 12.30pm

Where: Hyde Park

Contact: Alysia McDonagh, Event Manager – running@shelter.org.uk , 0344 515 1190