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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 28th July to Sunday 24th August
The Clement James Carnival Arts Summer Programme

Come and join the staff and students at The Clement James Centre to help create costumes for the Notting Hill Carnival! Our 3-week programme involves working with a group of children aged 7-13 to support them taking part in a wide range of arts activities including dance, music and crafts. The weeks also involve workshops by external practitioners and trips to offsite locations.

Main Duties:

  • To assist the Carnival staff with delivering the summer Carnival Arts Programme for children and young people e.g. supervising painting; helping them to practice their dance or song; going on trips to support staff.
  • To assist the Carnival staff with organising resources and planning activities, this may include administrative duties e.g. creating worksheets, photocopying or calling absent students.  

We will provide you with:

  • Varied experience of working with children and young people to build up a CV.
  • Opportunities to develop your own ideas and gain skills for future employment in the Arts sector.
  • Close supervision from a member of the Carnival team and the chance to observe delivery, shadow a member of staff and then help run activities.  Reasonable travel expenses.
  • The chance to make a difference to young people’s lives.

Role: Carnival Arts Volunteer
When: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm on the following weeks: 28th July, 4th August and 18th August. The parade will take place at the Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday 24th August. You can volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 weeks.
Where: The ClementJames Centre, 95 Sirdar Road, W11 4EQ
Contact: Hannah Starr, hannahs@clementjames.org


Wednesday 30th July to Thursday 28th August
The Ragged School Museum Summer Holiday Family Days

The Ragged School Museum is looking for volunteers to help out with our fun Summer Holiday family days, throughout July and August. We’ll be running a host of activities, exploring Victorian London. Most of our visitors are families with primary school aged children and the role will involve welcoming them and helping them get involved with our activities. It’s a really fun, social role and ideal for anyone interested in a career in education and/or museums and heritage. You’ll meet lots of other volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, plus lots of lovely visitors.

Role: Summer Holiday Volunteer
Time: 10am – 5pm – all help, from 2-3 hours upwards, is appreciated.
Where: The Ragged School Museum, 46-50 Copperfield Road, E3 4RR
Contact: Chris Bennion, chris@raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk


Monday 4th August to Friday 29th August
Camden BMX Roadshow

This summer Camden will be host to a BMX Roadshow, touring 4 locations across the borough and spending a week at each. All equipment is provided – all that’s needed is enthusiastic volunteers. We are looking for competent cyclists, not necessarily from a BMX background (although of course this would be a bonus) who can support the sessions with the coaches, including registers/consent forms, setting up small activities for kids while they wait for their turn on the track etc.

Role: BMX Roadshow Volunteer
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Where: Across Camden
Contact: Sanchia Legister, Sanchia.Legister@camden.gov.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**


Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th August
Mind Yourself SW4 Festival

Volunteer with us for a half day at SW4 festival on Clapham Common and enjoy the rest of the festival for free!

This is our second year running as charity of SW4 festival. Donations are collected (£3,000.00 last year!) on our behalf in exchange for us manning water stations. We’re looking for a team of volunteers to man the water stations for a half day, filling guests’ water bottles up. Once your shift is finished, you’ll be able to enjoy the festival for free. 

Role: Festival Volunteer
Time: 11:00am-5:00pm, 4:00pm-8:00pm.
Where: Clapham Common
Contact: Emma Gardiner. emma@mind-yourself.co.uk


Tuesday 26th 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
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: Sunday 28th September, Thursday 23rd October, Sunday 30th November**


Sunday 31st August
Leonard Cheshire Disability Tri Together London

We are looking for a range of volunteers to help out with our London and Glasgow Tri-together event; the UK’s only accessible triathlon or people of all ages and abilities.

Putting on an event requires a dedicated, enthusiastic team of volunteers to make it a success. We need nearly 100 volunteers to help with a wide variety of tasks that aren’t always obvious to the competitors but will make a real difference to their experience and ensure the event is a day they will never forget.

Role: Tri Together Triathlon Volunteer
Time: All Day
Where: Crystal Palace
Contact: Chloe Mould, Chloe.Mould@leonardcheshire.org


July and August
Westminster Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

If you are interested in working with children and like working with people, then this opportunity is for you!

Libraries get very busy in the summer holidays, dealing with all the children who sign – up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Hundreds of young people were involved in volunteering across the country during last year’s Summer Reading Challenge - this year we’d love you to be one of them! 

Role: Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer
Where: Westminster
Contact: Rachel Barrett, rbarrett1@westminster.gov.uk, 020 7641 4319


July and August
Front of House at The Kings Head Theatre

The Kings Head Theatre in Islington need volunteer ushers to help on our box office! We have shows on Monday – Sunday that start at 7.15pm and finish by 9.30pm. We ask our ushers to arrive by 6.15pm to make sure the auditorium is ready for our audiences and then they will assist the box office manager, taking tickets, selling ice creams and programmes and giving general assistance to our patrons and be able to watch the show for free! Having ushers really makes a difference to the experience of our audiences and we would be incredibly grateful if you would come and join us!

Role: Volunteer Usher
Time: Monday - Sunday shifts usually 6.15-9.45 we recommend one shift a week
Where: 115 Upper street, Islington, N1 1QN
Contact: Louisa Davis, Louisa.davis@kingsheadtheatre.com


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


Saturday 6th to Thursday 11th September
The x-change at the British Science Festival

Do you want to run your own science events? Are you interested in blogging or podcasting? Do you want to meet amazing science communicators and experience the British Science Festival?

We’re looking for a team of confident, creative and hard-working people with the ability to be proactive and work to tight deadlines. You must be a team player and adaptable to new ideas. A genuine enthusiasm for science communication is essential!

This role is designed to give you great experience in science events or broadcasting, if you’re looking to start a career in science communication. This is a volunteering role and we cover all travel, accommodation and expenses.

Role: British Science Festival Science Communication Volunteer
Time: Full time. There will be a briefing day in late July.
Where: British Science Festival, University of Birmingham, Birmingham
Contact: Toby Shannon, sis@britishscienceassociation.org


Sunday 7th September
St Marks Hospital Foundation Challenge Events

Take part in exciting challenge events this summer and help cheer on and motivate our amazing runners. So far this year our challenge event runners have raised an incredible amount in aid of Bowel disease and cancer – now it’s your turn to support them! Our runners have raised an incredible amount in aid of St Mark’s Hospital Foundation, don’t let them down – come and join us! Contact us now to find out more information.

Role: Challenge Event Supporter
When: Events in July and August.
Time: Morning
Contact: Alex Burton, alexburton@nhs.net


Saturday 13th September-
West Euston Partnership One Stop Shop Festival

The West Euston Partnership, the Well London Programme, the WellFair Project and local partners are holding a community festival to promote community cohesion, healthy living and wellbeing through sports, entertainment and providing information about the work done by partners.  We would like volunteers on the day to help with stewarding, manning stalls, setting up equipment/activities and clearing up after the event.

Role: Festival Volunteer

When: Saturday 13th September

Where: Hpod & Cumberland Market, London NW1 3RH

Contact: Sharon Gordon, sharon@westeuston.org


Sunday 14th September
London Duathlon with NSPCC

The NSPCC was founded in 1884 and our vision is still to end cruelty to children in the UK. London Duathlon is a run-bike-run event taking place on Sunday 14th September. Duathletes get to choose from five distances and will race through the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park on closed roads.

We will have a cheer point at Robin Hood Gate and Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park and need volunteers for a few hours on the Sunday. We will provide NSPCC t-shirts, cheering materials, drinks

Role: Cheering Squad Volunteer

When: Sunday 14th September, 9.30am -3.30pm

Where: Richmond Park

Contact: Kirsty Jones, Kirsty.joanes@nspcc.org.uk.


19th & 20th September
Maggie’s Culture Crawl 2014

Maggie’s Culture Crawl is a 15 mile night-walk and cultural adventure around London, raising money for Maggie’s, a charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Participants get exclusive access to amazing buildings, enjoy spectacular performances from musicians, dancers and artists and taste delicious food and drink.

Role: Culture Crawl Event Volunteer

When: Friday 19th to Saturday 20th Septmber, various shifts from 3pm – 6am

Where: Central London including Fulham Palace, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Maggie’s West London.

Contact: Kim Kilgour, ccvolunteers@maggiescentres.org or visit https://www.
maggiescentres.org/culturecrawl/
for more info.


Sunday 21st September
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 21st September, 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: 19th October and 16th November**


Sunday 28th September
JDRF
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

When: Sunday 28 September, 8am – 1pm

Where: Victoria Embankment Gardens

Contact: Hannah Roberts, greaterlondon@jdrf.org.uk


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