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.

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

26th March
Target Ovarian Cancer February Station Collections

 March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This year we hope to raise £1,000s and vital awareness from our charity collections across London. We need your help to make this possible.

Join our team of volunteers and help support our work to save lives and help women diagnosed live their lives to the full, wherever they are in the UK as well as raise vital awareness of ovarian cancer amongst the public.

UCL students have raised over £800 so far this year. Can you join our team and help us to raise even more?

Target Ovarian Cancer is the national ovarian cancer charity aiming 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.

Volunteer Role(s): We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic and reliable volunteers, able to collect as part of our team 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.

When/Where: 26th   March – Cannon Street mainline

Contact: Simon (Fundraising Assistant) -

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: 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

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 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

28th & 29th March
Open City Docs Festival

Open City Docs is looking for a team of volunteers to support The Lives of Others, a weekend of talks and film screenings exploring character-driven documentary filmmaking, on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2015 at UCL. 

You’ll be involved in making sure our screenings and events run smoothly, including meeting and greeting members of the audience, taking tickets and assisting festival staff.

To say thank you, we’ll cover your expenses (up to £10 per day) and give you free tickets to our Best of DocHouse documentary screenings at Curzon Bloomsbury’s new Bertha DocHouse screen during April, plus access to exclusive filmmaker masterclasses.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us and being part of this fantastic event, please email tom@opencitylondon.com for more information.

When: Saturday 28th March and Sunday 29th March

Where: UCL

Contact: tom@opencitylondon.com

28th March
Mencap Ping Pong Championship 2015

Volunteers needed for Mencap’s annual awesome ping pong championship:

More Information on the event can be found here https://www.mencap.org.uk/pingpong

Think neon everywhere, face paint, DJs, after party! Volunteers are needed to set up and register players, sell raffle tickets, do face paint and referee matches.

When: Saturday 28th March. 5pm-9.30pm

Where: The Folly Bar, 41 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0BT

Contact: volunteering@mencap.org.uk     0207 696 5590

Early April
Easter Holidays at the Ragged School Museum

The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of canalside buildings which once formed the largest “ragged” or free school in London. Visitors can explore the work of Barnardo in the East End, and find out more about life in 19th century London. During the Easter Holidays, we provide visiting families with fun and free arts and crafts activities! We require volunteers to help us run these activities; welcoming visitors, encouraging them to take part, and in particular helping the little ones with their makes! We are looking for people who are friendly, engaging and welcoming, and this role is ideal for those looking to gain experience working with children, or in a heritage environment.  There’ll be cutting, sticking and painting – so come and join us for two enjoyable weeks of arty messiness!

Volunteer Role(s): Family Programme Volunteer

When: Wednesday 1st April, Thursday 2nd April, Wednesday 8th April and Thursday 9th April 10am – 5pm

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

Contact: Daniella Hadley – Learning Officer. Email: Daniella@raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk

Tuesday 7th April
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 7th April, 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: Tuesday 19th May & Sunday 14th June**

Thursday 9th April
Volunteering Society English Culture Day

Interested in involving in some community events and feeling part of something outside your family or circle of friends? Here’s the only chance for you to get involved!

We are once again collaborating with the Third Age Project to create an exciting community event – an English Culture Day! We need to recruit about 10 to 15 volunteers to assist Third Age Project throughout the event.

This event is during the Easter break so local children can also take part in it. We have also booked our keyboard player (David), a Morris dancer and country dance teacher plus a maypole! There is a drama group who willing to put on the classic battle of St George patron saint of England and the dragon! Volunteering roles would include:-

a) Setting up from 11 am – 1 pm to decorate the hall, setting up the maypole, PA system etc. and clearing up at the end from 4.30– 5 pm

b) Helping local children to make costumes from 11 am – 1 pm for the fashion show.

c) Acting as escorts for the elderly and hall stewards in keeping the children well behaved.

d) Lead on singing the traditional English cockney. Sing-alongs with David on the keyboard. Giving out song sheets.

e) Preparing and serving afternoon tea and cakes.

f) Taking part in the traditional dances, dance workshops and acting as dance partners for the elderly and children. (Optional)

When: Thursday 9th April 2015 

Children’s workshops & setting up: 11 am – 1 pm  

Show: 1.30 – 4.30 pm (& clearing up until 5 pm)

Where:  A large tenant hall in the area of Euston

Contact: For further enquiries, please kindly leave us an email.


Sunday 16th April
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 April, 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: 17 May, 21 June, 12th July.

Thursday 23rd April
The Wings of Hope Achievement Awards ( WOHAA) – Semi Final Competition

Are you looking to meet distinguished and successful people from Actors, to Journalists, to Lords and Baronesses, Diplomats, Sports Stars and Authors! This Annual event is your opportunity to meet these

high achieving individuals, when they take on the role of judging our selected teams of students (Secondary school) as part of our WOHAA competition.

We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, willing to learn students who will go that extra mile!

Required duties  on the day will be – Room setting up, refreshment tables set up, looking after distinguished guests, runner duties, help with the smooth running of the event.

At the end of this event, you would have met some really special people and learnt how to run events too!

Refreshments will be provided for Volunteers.

For more details :  http://www.thewingsofhope.org/wohaa-semi-finals-2014-meet-the-judges/

When: Thursday 23 April 2015      -     08.00 am to 6.00 pm

Where: House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London, SW1

Contact: Rajni -   info@thewingsofhope.org

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015
Sunday 26th April

The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet – runners have raised over £600 million for good causes since the race began in 1981.

Many of the charities involved need volunteers to help out. It’s sure to be a fun day and makes a real difference to the runners taking part. Below are some of the organisations that need your help!

Be part of the team that’s saving lives!

With your support we can give the people who are fundraising for Anthony Nolan a fantastic race day experience. The better support we can give them on the day, and show them how grateful we are for their support, the more vital funds Anthony Nolan will have to be able to grow our lifesaving work.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to cheer on our runners and motivate them to the finish line.  You will be provided with an Anthony Nolan T-shirt and cheering materials and expenses for London zones 1-6 can be claimed for.

Your support really does make a difference to our runners:

“Incredible! Many of them brought a tear to my eyes, the volume level which I didn’t think could be increased doubled when the Anthony Nolan cheering squads spotted you - I was made to feel amazing! Thank you”

Be part of an iconic race day! Make friends! Have fun!

Where: Various point along the route

Contact: The Events team at events@anthonynolan.org

Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation specialising in tackling hunger with the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest places.

We need volunteers to be part of our cheer team and to help with our post-race reception  at the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 26 April. Whether you want to join us to cheer on friends, family, colleagues or complete strangers, your voice and enthusiasm will help our runners reach the finish line.

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.

When: 12-6pm Sunday 26 April 2015

Where: tbc – London / Westminster

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

We need your help to cheer on our fantastic Heart Runners who are running the 2015 London Marathon in support of the BHF. Come and join over 35,000 runners at one of the most iconic running events in the world.

We are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but we are leading the fight against it. Our pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions

Your role is to join one of our BHF Cheer Points and provide encouragement and support to participants, in particular, to our Heart Runners.  Our aim is to be the loudest and proudest Charity Cheer Point along the course!

We want to show our Heart Runners how fantastic we think they are! Have an unforgettable experience and join the fight for every heartbeat.

When: Start/finish times dependent on which cheer point you would like to be based at.

Where: We have 3 cheer points that you can join, they are at Mile 8/9@ Surrey Quays,0900-1230 Mile 12/13@ Tower Bridge 0930- 1300 and Mile 24/25@ Embankment 1200-1530

Contact: Fabia, heartrunners@bhf.org.uk

We have a team of over 120 runners taking on the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon. These dedicated individuals have taken on the challenge to join Team Breathe and help those with lung disease.

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our cheer team to help spur our runners throughout the day especially when the going gets tough.

You are also welcome to bring any friends or family to join in on what will no doubt be an incredible day. We want our cheer points to be bigger than ever – so it will definitely be a case of the more the merrier.

Where and When: Rotherhithe Station, Marathon mile 11 - 11am – 1.30pm

Mudchute Station, Marathon mile 17 -11.45am – 3.15pm

Embankment, Marathon mile 25 - 12.30pm – 5.30pm

If you’d like to sign up please do fill in the short form which can be found here:

Contact: events@blf.org.uk

We need your help to line the streets of London on the day of the Virgin Money London Marathon. We’re going to have the largest and noisiest cheer points on race day! So whether it’s clapping, whistling or shouting ‘C’mon Team Macmillan’, make as much noise as possible for each and every one of our runners. They’ve given their all to train and fundraise for this event, now let’s pay them back by making their race day the most inspiring ever!

Click here to  sign up

Volunteer Role(s): Cheer Volunteer

When: Sunday 26th April

Where: 9 Cheer Points spread across central London

Contact: londonmarathon@macmillan.org.uk

You don’t have to run the 26.2 miles of the Virgin Money London Marathon to experience the excitement of the world’s biggest and most famous marathon.

Join our cheer squad and experience the roar of the crowd whilst encouraging and inspiring our NSPCC runners – including your friends, families and colleagues – as they complete their challenge for children that have had a difficult childhood throughout the UK.

The NSPCC are looking for enthusiastic, passionate people to join one of our six marathon cheering point teams. In this role you will be motivating our runners, spurring them on their way round the course. Be it cheering, clapping, whooping or even singing, you will make a huge difference to how our runners feel and help them to complete the challenge of a lifetime.

You’ll meet new people and be a part of one of London’s most iconic events. You do not need any prior experience, just a sense of fun, team spirit and enthusiasm.

Refreshments will be provided at the cheer points, and travel expenses will be covered up to the value of £5 (a receipt will be required for reimbursements)

When: We are looking for volunteers to commit a minimum of 2.5 hours between 9am and 5pm.

Where: At one of 6 cheering point locations along the marathon route – we can discuss which one is most convenient for you.

Contact: Naomi Le Page - cheer@nspcc.org.uk or Imogen Wade Imogen.wade@nspcc.org.uk

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We run world-class programmes to save children’s lives and challenge world leaders to keep to their promises to give children a brighter future. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We need volunteers to be part of our cheer team and to help with our post-race reception.

Contact: Claire Battersby; c.battersby@savethechildren.org.uk

YMCA supports young people in crisis through accommodation, support and advice, training and education as well as looking after their health and wellbeing.
We need volunteers to help us out on one of our biggest fundraising events, the London Marathon. You will either be part of our cheering squad in Greenwich or at our post-race reception near to the finish line in Westminster. You’ll have the chance to work in a team in a public facing environment at a fantastic event and support those people raising vital funds for YMCAs work with young people.

This is a great way to get valuable experience in events, especially if you are looking to work in the charity sector.

Volunteer Role(s): Cheering point volunteer or post-race reception volunteer

When: Sunday 26th April, either 8am-12 at cheering point or 11:30 – 16:30 at post-race reception

Where: Cheer point – outside Gate Clock pub – Greenwich SE10 9EB

Post-Race volunteers – Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

Contact: David Drozdziak events@ymca.org.uk or 020 7186 9529

Tuesday 28th April
Newham Education Business Partnership (NEBP) Year 8  ‘Attitudes for Success’ Workshop

This workshop aims to improve student self-awareness and coping strategies for overcoming obstacles in life after school, helping them to develop interpersonal skills and a positive outlook. 

We are looking for confident and enthusiastic student volunteers to deliver a full school day ‘Attitudes for Success’ workshop to classes of approximately 30 year 8 (12/13 years old) pupils.

You will receive full training from NEBP staff and be briefed on the content of the session.  A teacher will always be present whilst you are delivering a session and they will be responsible for the pupils’ behaviour. 

When: Tuesday 28th April 2015, 8.30am – 14.40pm

Where: Sarah Bonnell School, Deanery Rd, Stratford E15 4LP

Contact: Nina Staebler, Projects Manager


0203 373 0292

Tuesday 12th May
Camden Deaf Awareness Day

Join us for our first Deaf Awareness Day! Explore the challenges faced by deaf and hard of hearing residents and find out more about the support available across the borough. It’s a chance to exchange stories, experiences and ideas and look at how we can improve the way in which we work together. The day will include VIP speakers, a question time session and stalls from local and national organisations.

Whether you are deaf or hearing, we would love you to volunteer at this all day event. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and skills and learn some sign language along the way!

Communication support will be provided including BSL interpreters, Lip speakers, speech to text and a T-Loop.

Where: Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London, WC1H 9AU

Contact: Asif Iqbal, Sensory Needs Officer for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, Tel: 020 7974 2837

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