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 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**

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

Thursday 4th September
Origin Housing Communal Gardening Event

Origin Housing are looking for 3-4 volunteers to give 4 hours of their time to help improve Bayham Street flat’s communal garden. Duties include replacing an old metal shed with a new wooden one, the removal of weeds and unwanted plants, planting new flowers, and generally cleaning up the garden. No skills needed, just an interest in gardening. Lunch will be provided.

Role: Gardening Volunteer
Where: 49-51 Bayham Street NW1, Camden Town
Contact: Bob Staples, Bob.staples@originhousing.org.uk

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
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
Time: 9.30am -3.30pm
Where: Richmond Park
Contact: Kirsty Jones, Kirsty.joanes@nspcc.org.uk.

Friday 19th & Saturday 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
Time: 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
Carnaval del Pueblo Presents ‘Carnavalito’

Europe’s largest celebration of Latin American culture is back this year with an expected public of 5,000 people.  Carnavalito provides an opportunity for the ‘Latin Quarter’ in Elephant and Castle area to make itself accessible to the rest of London through cultural displays of music and dance.

We need Event Coordinators on the day of the event to provide guidance to event visitors and stall holders, ensure performers are running on schedule and attend to the VIP area and sponsors.

Role: Event Coordinators
Time: 11am – 7pm
Where: Burgess Park
Contact: Bara Chudoba, Bara.Chudoba@gmail.com

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
Time: 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**

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
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

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