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.

January & February
Target Ovarian Cancer- Station Collections

Target Ovarian Cancer is the national ovarian cancer charity working to save lives and help women diagnosed live their lives to the full, wherever they are in the UK. We aim 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.

We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic and reliable volunteers, able to collect 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.

For every minute you collect, the money you raise could allow four women to receive a leaflet letting them know about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Can you give an hour of your time this January?


22 January - Great Portland Street underground station

29 January - Old Street underground station

5 February - King’s Cross underground station

12 February – London Victoria mainline station

26 February – Liverpool Street mainline station

Contact: Simon (Fundraising Assistant) - staylor@targetovariancancer.org.uk

18th January
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 18th January, 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: 15 February, 15 March, 16 April, 17 May, 21 June, 12th July.

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

Saturday 7th February
The Wings of Hope Speed Mentoring Event

Are you looking to meet 60 successful young professionals in over 30 different industries,like banking, law, medicine, fashion, PR, event management, journalism, music production, acting and more….

This sold out annual event in London’s prestigious venue, is held, to introduce Secondary School students aged 13 and over various career opportunities once they leave school.

We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, willing to learn students who will go that extra mile! Required duties on the day will be – Registration at the reception desk, Hall 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 learnt so much about the various career opportunities yourself, and learnt how to run events too!

Refreshments will be provided for Volunteers.

When:  Saturday 7th February 2015 from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Where: The Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE

Contact: Rajni, i ,  0208 4381598,

More details

6th and 7th February
The Monitoring Group
- Policing in the 21st Century Event

This will be the event of the year not to be missed for all Human Rights Academics and Activists. We will be looking in depth at Policing in the 21st Century and the impact it has had on communities in terms of spying, corruption and accountability.

This 2 day conference will be a unique and formidable event seeking common ground, between families, community workers, journalists, academics, lawyers and affected communities, to understand and challenge the problem of police corruption, spying and racism.

We have invited an impressive line-up of speakers offering powerful accounts of contemporary policing. Speakers include: Janet Alder, Raju Bhatt, Professor Ben Bowling, Rosa Curling, Dr Rebekah Delsol, Rob Evans, Suresh Grover, Dr Jules Holroyd, Lee Jasper, Richard Garside, Professor Gus John, Imran Khan, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Lee Lawrence, John McDonnell MP, Paul O’Connor, Sukhdev Reel, Rebecca Roberts, David Rose, Dr Michael Shiner, Stafford Scott, Dave Smith, Helen Steel, Dr Patrick Williams and Dr David Whyte.

This conference takes as its starting point that there is a profound crisis in policing across the UK that requires us to share information and experiences, develop ideas and create new partnerships that will spur a momentum for genuine state accountability.

Volunteer Role(s): Ushers and Helpers to serve food.

When: Friday 6th and Saturday 7th February 2015

Where: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Contact: Meghna Vadera, mvadera@tmg-uk.co.uk

Missing People Consultation Workshop and Resource Development Project

Missing People supports children and young people who have run away or are thinking about leaving home. We offer a free, confidential, 24-7 telephone, text and email helpline that young people can call for support and advice about staying safe and reconnecting with their family or carer. 

Missing People is looking for between 10 and 20 volunteers from UCL to help the charity to consult with children and young people, and to develop a range of new resources to reach out to them with information about our services. Volunteers will get the opportunity to plan and carry out consultation workshops, to write up their findings and to use the recommendations to develop new, age appropriate and eye catching resources that will involve and engage young people.

1.         Carrying out consultative work with young people

Working with Missing People partner agencies, UCL volunteers will consult groups of young people across SW London including youth clubs and schools. We want to understand how to best connect with younger age groups and we would like UCL volunteers to help facilitate workshop-style sessions to extract this information. UCL volunteers will be split in pairs and, together with another volunteer/staff member, visit different groups of young people after receiving training about the issue of missing. They will consult with them about our website, publicity materials and social media to inform the development of our resources for young people. UCL volunteers will do a brief write up of their experience and present the findings and recommendations to Missing People staff. This is open to any student but might particularly appeal to Social Science/Youth and Community courses or those involving research, surveys, consultation, working with young people or journey mapping.

2.         Developing resources for young people

Following on from the above consultative work, UCL volunteers will use the information collected to develop resources on a second activity day. Working directly with young people, this will include creating videos for YouTube, creating a photo-bank of images, writing content for our website and developing any other resources recommended in the consultation. This activity would be open both to UCL volunteers who took part in the consultation, and to those who didn’t, although we have a strong preference for volunteers to take part in both days.

Volunteer Role(s): Consultants/Resource Developers

When and Where:

Training and Briefing takes place Monday 9th February 2015, 6-8pm at Roebuck House, 284-286 Upper Richmond Road West, London SW14 7JE

Consultancy Day takes place Wednesday 25th February. A range of shifts throughout the day and in evening will be available. Consultations will take place in various locations throughout London.

Developing Resources Day will take place Saturday 28th February, 10- 4pm at Roebuck House, 284-286 Upper Richmond Road West, London SW14 7JE

Contact: Alexander Beaumont, alexander.beaumont@missingpeople.org.uk 020 8392 4536

11th February

Language Cultural Day with Kingsgate Primary School

Do you speak another language? We are looking for students to coordinate and run a workshop for a class of primary school children here at UCL. Workshops should be fun, creative and include activities involving different languages and cultures. Previous workshops have included origami, food tasting, music, dance, dressing up in national costumes and teaching basic foreign language skills.

Volunteers will plan, prepare and run the workshops.

Languages taught will be determined by volunteer interest. Please state the languages you speak when emailing Fiona to express your interest.  
We need a maximum of four volunteers per language.

You will have the opportunity to meet with fellow volunteers and VSU staff to prepare your sessions. Resources will be provided.

This is a great opportunity for you to share a part of your culture and language with some enthusiastic young people.

EVENT DATE: Wednesday 11th February 2015 TIME: 9am-1pm

PLANNING DATE: Wednesday 28th January 2015  TIME: 10am- 11am

If you cannot make the planning date but would like to volunteer on the day please let us know.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, visit us at our stall in the Winter Volunteering Fair or contact:  Fiona at: f.addison@ucl.ac.uk

February 18th
Ragged School Museum February Half Term Fun!

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 February Half Term, 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 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 days of arty messiness!

Volunteer Role(s): Family Programme Volunteer

When: 9:45am  – 5pm AND Thursday 19th February 9:45am – 5pm

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

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

Sunday 22nd February
Chinese New Year 2015 London Celebrations

The annual Chinese New Year celebrations and also the largest organised celebrations in Europe offer revellers a feast of Chinese culture, including a gravity defying lion dance, fireworks and a variety of performers from China and the UK. Trafalgar Square will host a spectacular stage show; Chinatown will be bustling with Lion Dances; Charing Cross Road will hold a Parade led by the Lucky Money God and Leicester Square will host a number of festive fun stalls.

Volunteer support roles vary from back office support work to front of house event coordinators. All volunteers will be issued a certificate of appreciation for their efforts after the event and opportunities to take part in future special events. Chinese New Year 2015 is organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association with the support of the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council. 

Volunteer Role(s): Welfare Assistants, Parade Steward, Mascot, Press & PR Relations Assistant, Lion Route Coordinator, Information Kiosk Operator, Photographer

When: Sunday 22 February 2015 08:00-18:00

Where: Chinatown, Trafalgar Square, Shaftesbury Avenue, Leicester Square, Charing Cross Road

Contact: Choy Tran – volunteer@lccauk.com

Thursday 19th February
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: Thursday 19th February
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 15th March, Tuesday 7th April, Tuesday 19th May
and Sunday 14th June**

28th February
The Street Store: #makelondonhome

The Street Store London is a VSU student-led project that aims to support the homeless. We are hosting a day-long event, creating a free pop-up store providing food and clothing for the homeless. The event is backed by O2 and Pret A Manger.

We need enthusiastic volunteers who can assist homeless people to browse and choose the items that they want and provide them with a safe and welcoming shopping experience. Volunteers will be working in 2-4 hour shifts and will be provided with lunch.

We believe that many people become homeless due to a combination of circumstances and misfortune. We are passionate about bringing The Street Store to London to give the homeless a chance to choose their own clothes and to feel welcome.

Volunteer roles: clothing store assistants, kitchen assistants, security staff

When: Saturday 28th February 2015

Where: Islington Green, Upper Street, London, N1 8DU

Contact: Liz Nguyen, Project Leader, thestreetstorelondon@gmail.com


Facebook The Street Store London

Twitter @StreetStoreLDN

7th March
A Hackney Autobiography: Recording Memories and Publishing Lives

On the Record (an oral history co-operative) and Bishopsgate Institute Library (an architecturally stunning home for ideas and debate) are creating an archive of publications, exhibitions, photos and poetry associated with the groundbreaking community publisher, Centerprise. We need enthusiastic volunteers to help catalogue these exciting collections in conversation with community groups and to write about items that inspire them. Volunteers will be trained how to archive collaboratively and to share heritage on social media.

Centerprise hosted a bookshop, publishing project, reading centre, café, youth club, creche and more all under one roof in Dalston. In the 1970s and 1980s it was not only a place to buy books, it made it possible for local people to write and publish their own works of poetry, autobiography and history.

Volunteer Role(s): Archivists/Writers

When: Saturday 7th March 2015, 11am-5.30pm

Where: Bishopsgate Institute Library

Contact: Laura Mitchison, Co-Director of On the Record CIC, laura@on-the-record.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**

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