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.

UCLU Idea Society- Book Bridge

We work to link unresourced schools in China with schools in the UK, as well as providing access to educational resources in rural China. We urgently need UCL students the chance to volunteer at a series of book sorting and packing events near UCL.

These events are in preparation for a July shipment of 10,000 books to 10 Chinese schools, to set up a foreign language library. All our donated books need to be quality checked, scanned into our system and packed. It will be lots of fun, with plenty of snacks, music and interesting people helping out.

If anyone would like to help scan the books, there are a couple of free smartphone applications which are particularly useful:

•           For iPhone, we use “Book Crawler lite”.

•           For Android, we use “Book Catalogue”.

When: Thursday 25 June, 6.00-9.00pm

              Friday 26th June, 2.00-4.30pm

             Tuesday 30 June, 2.00-5.00pm

              Thursday 2nd July, 2.00-5.00pm

              Friday 3rd July, 6.00-9.00pm

Where: St. Aloysius Church, 20 Phoenix Street, London,  NW1 1TA

Contact: Joel Sugarman, joel.sugarman.13@ucl.ac.uk

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 July
Where: Haringey, London
Contact: For Tuesday and Thursday Conservation Projects: Paul, , 07887 624866.
For Haringey Green Gym: Jacqui, , 07740899 682.

April- July
Bling Ya Bike (BYB) Bike design & maintenance project

We are looking for people who are interested in filmmaking to film and edit our BYB young people’s project. The project will run every Thursday for 10 weeks commencing 30th April 2015

Volunteer Role(s): Film, edit and produce DVD of finished product

When: Every Thursday 4 pm – 6 pm first session 30th April, last session 7th July 2015

Where: Malden Hall, Herbert Street NW5 4HD

Contact: Emily Momoh, emily.momoh@gmail.com

British Red Cross- Dance: Make Your Move

Dance: Make Your Move is a British Red Cross dance competition for young people aged 4-18. Dancers create a dance based around the work of the Red Cross and get sponsored to perform in front of an audience of family and friends.
We are looking for volunteers to help backstage and front of house- ensuring the smooth running of the show and assisting with fundraising activities.
This is a great opportunity to get work experience in fundraising events or for those looking for experience with event management, the arts or working with young people.
We also have the opportunity for drama enthusiasts to MC our shows!
When: June 7, June 20, July 12 (be able to attend at least 2 events)
Where: London (various theatres across London)
Contact: Breanna Thibodeau, dancemakeyourmove

FareShare’s Neighbourhood Food Collection

We’re looking for volunteers to give 3 hours of their time to play a vital role in the fight against food poverty in the UK, by asking shoppers to donate store-cupboard staples to the pop-up collection points in Tesco stores. In just 3 hours you can collect enough store-cupboard staples for five hundred meals for people in need.

Volunteer Role(s): Food Collection Volunteer: Give 3 hours to fight hunger!

When: Thursday 2nd- Saturday 4th July 2015 9am-9pm, 3-hour slots for 1-3 people

Where: Goodge St Tesco Metro and across the UK. Find your nearest participating store at www.fareshare.org.uk/food-collection-2015

Contact: Dilly Boase, foodcollection@fareshare.org.uk, 0207 036 2483    

The Big Bang London

Can you excite, educate, stimulate and enthuse young people about STEM? If so, we need you at The Big Bang London this Summer. We are holding four events for over 6,000 young people aged 7-18 to inspire them with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - that’s STEM!. Each event is an interactive extravaganza where kids can get hands-on with robots, luminous, algae, coding, construction, their bodies and much, much more.

There are four Big Bang London events.

We need volunteers at all of them! You can be a judge of students’ STEM projects or join in our facilitated careers workshops where you can discuss what inspired you to study STEM subjects.

When and Where: You can pick one, two, three or all four events:

1 July 9.30am - 3.30pm at Westminster Kingsway College, Kings Cross

3 July 9.30am - 3.30pm at Stanmore College, Middx

Volunteer Role(s):

The Future You - a careers session

Formerly the Career Networking activity, this careers activity has been rebranded and revised, to give it greater appeal and accessibility for learners aged between 11 and 14. The activity is formed of two parts; an ice-breaker challenge and a careers discussion. The activity will help to broaden a learner’s mind as to the study and career options available to them.

What is the desired outcome of this volunteering role?

The aim of the ‘Future You’ Careers Cabin Volunteers is to help students come away with a much clearer idea of what scientists, engineers and mathematicians actually do and to help them see someone, perhaps only a few years older than themselves, who they could easily be in the future, with a successful career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths – ‘STEM’.

How does the ‘Meet the Future You’ activity work and what will my role be?

This activity will be formed of two parts and the sessions will be led by an Activity Leader. The volunteers from STEM backgrounds taking part in the activity are referred to as ‘Future Yous’.                                           

Judging Students’ STEM Work

About 20 schools will bring projects to compete at each of the Big Bang London. We would like to recruit STEM volunteers as judges of these projects to give the student competitors the opportunity to present their work to people with real-world STEM experience. There is no need for previous experience in judging student projects. The main criteria for judging are the students’ presentation of their work; their explanation of the approach taken in developing their project; their understanding of the outcomes; and their skill in communicating their project to you.  Therefore, STEM volunteers are excellent judges in terms of a general understanding of STEM-related fields and a knowledge of the skills needed by young people in the world of work. All judges work in pairs so there is an opportunity to work together and benefit from each others’ skills and experience. There will also be a team of moderators drawn from STEM organisations who will work with all the judges to help identify the best projects. During the day, ten projects will be identified to go on to compete at the national Big Bang 2016. The award ceremony for commended projects will be held at 2.45pm at each of The Big Bang London events.

Contact: If you are able to get involved in The Big Bang London please complete the online form at http://tbbvolunteers.questionpro.com, or contact Nicola Hern nicola@seventhcorner.co.uk      

Sunday 5th July
Age UK Camden Hampstead Summer Festival Big Fair

To help in raising awareness of Age UK Camden services for older people, Opening Doors London’s services for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities and to support fundraising efforts. Specific roles include Donation Collectors (buckets are large and can get quite heavy); Balloon Race Assistants; Runners; Art Fair Assistants; Information Stall Assistants; Volunteers willing to dress up as characters from Alice in Wonderland and pose for selfies with fair attendees (for a donation)

When: Sunday 5 July – 2 hour shifts between 10am and 6.00pm

Where: Hampstead– meet opposite the  Hampstead Tube Station at the Hampstead Summer Festival Information Stall

Contact: Claire Avant, Community Fundraising Officer, ?subject=UCL%20Volunteer%20Hampstead%20Summer%20Festival">

7th July
Careers 4 U Barnet Education Business Partnership

Our aim with this event is to develop students’ awareness of the range and diversity of career and industry opportunities through a speed-careers workshop designed for this set of bright, curious, ambitious teenagers.  

You would rotate round groups of 7-8 boys, spending c.15 mins with each group, talking about your journey from Uni/college to where you are now, and setting the boys a short activity to give them a taster of your job.  

For that activity, allow yourself about 7-8 mins and give them something simple and engaging. 

Something hands-on works well – or perhaps you could use a business scenario/problem you’ve experienced and ask the boys what they would do in your shoes to resolve it.  If you get stuck for ideas, give me a call and we can talk it through.

All you need do in preparation is to come up with the activity - which you repeat with each group.You may want to use simple props; we will provide paper/pens etc on each table.

Our events are always energetic, creative, fun and incredibly rewarding.  We really look after our volunteers, sending full information packs before the event and providing a thorough briefing on the morning.  We also make sure you have plenty of refreshments to keep your energy up, and there’s a buffet lunch at the end, where many of our volunteers take the opportunity to network.

When:    Tues 7 July 2015  -    8am to 12.40pm   

Where:   Queen Elizabeth’s (Boys) School, Queens Rd, Barnet EN5 4DQ

Contact: Fiona Winch, fiona.winch@barnetebp.org – 020 3764 4929

11th July
St John’s Hospice Summer Fayre

Come be part of  St John’s Summer Fayre’s, which will raise money to go towards the wonderful work the Hospice carries out.

Volunteers will be needed to help set up the Fayre, man stalls, sell merchandise, sell tickets for the Fayre Ground Rides and collect tickets for the rides. The roles are varied and will be allocated to you on the day.

When: Saturday 11th July – 10:00 – 2:30 or 2:00 – 6:30

Where: Paddington Recreation Ground, W9 1PD.  Maida Vale is the nearest tube.

Contact: Shelley Mcguigan, shelley.mcguigan@hje.org.uk

13th and 17th July
BEE a soap entrepreneur

When and Where

Monday 13 July from 8am – 3.25pm, at Salvatorian College, High Rd, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 5DY

(nearest tube Kenton on Bakerloo Line, or nearest train station Harrow & Wealdstone)

When and Where

Friday 17 July from 8am – 3.25pm, at London Academy, Spur Road, Edgware, HA8 8DE

(nearest tube Stanmore on Jubilee Line, or Edgware on Northern line)


BEE a soap entrepreneur

In their teams of 5, students create a soap making company. The bossy one might be the Managing Director, the maths genius will choose to be Finance Director, the student talented at art one might be Design Director….

They will choose essential oils from test tubes provided and work out who their target audience is. They design a logo, think of a name, and prepare a pitch.

Business Volunteers will work in teams to support the students in their endeavours: you will encourage, advise, help them consolidate ideas and ultimately develop a killer presentation.

The winning team gets to actually have their soap made. The school normally insists that they sell the soap for charity. (Although the winning team at London Academy last year was very canny and managed to get some extra soaps made that they sold themselves for their own profit – and thus some true entrepreneurs were born!) As a volunteer you will become very competitive and want one of your teams to win the prize – people always do. They just can’t help themselves.


This suits anyone who has ever worked or understands the importance of team work! It is a good opportunity to practise your facilitation, communication or leadership skills. This programme is really great because it is cross-curricula; Maths, Art, English, Geography, Chemistry….all these boxes are ticked with this event. So if any of those subjects appeals to you, you will be a great volunteer.

Contact: Lisa Quinn, Events Manager, lisa.quinn@businesseducationevents.com, 0203 393 8852

18th and 19th July
Camden New Town Community Festival “family weekend”

The Camden New Town Community Festival is a partnership of voluntary organisation and individuals who come together to develop an annual Community Festival programme that is fun and enjoyable. This in turn helps promote community cohesion for our multi-cultural communities.

The Community Festival has been running since 1999. Its aim is to draw together the members of our very diverse local community. We do this by developing partnerships so that many people can take part in and enjoy a wide range of events over a summer weekend. This year the Festival will happen in Camden Square on Saturday 18th and Sunday July 19th July 2015.

You can help by being a Volunteer Steward on the weekend. We ask you to commit to a 3 hour time slot so we can plan to have enough cover. This will still leave you plenty of time to enjoy the Festival when you are not on duty. You can do more than one slot if you wish.

We will give you training.

The Community Festival has been running since 1999. We aim to draw together the members of our very diverse local community. We do this by developing partnerships so that many people can take part in and enjoy a wide range of events over a summer weekend. This year the Festival will happen in Camden Square on Saturday 18th and Sunday July19th July 2015 with some preparations on Saturday July 18th.

We set up the Festival site on Saturday and Sunday. We ask volunteers to help setting up or taking down, or to be available during the events themselves.

On Saturday we hold the Festival Jazz & Poetry from 4 to 8/8.30pm.

Volunteer slots are from 12pm - 3pm, 3pm - 6pm & 6pm - 9pm

On Sunday we hold the Festival Family Day from 12 noon to 7pm

Volunteer slots are from 9am - 12 noon; 12noon to 3pm: 3pm - 6 pm & 6pm - 9pm.

Free packed lunch is available.

On Sunday, there will be a very wide variety of activities, including: Music & Dance; Healthy Living; Green Corner; Children and Young Peoples’ activities; Stalls and more

Family Day is a very big event; with a lot to set-up before 12 noon. Volunteers are allocated tasks in teams of three. Tasks include: Acting as a festival host; Checking-in stall holders, performers and volunteers; Staffing road barriers; Setting up Gazebos and Marquees; Moving light furniture; Asking members of the public to complete a Festival Questionnaire

Volunteer Role(s) include: Stewarding as hoists and festival guides.

When: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July 2015

Where: Camden Square, NW1

Contact: David Walters & Judy Powell

Festival Office

Maiden Lane Community Centre

156 St Pauls Crescent

London NW1 9XZ

Sunday 19th July
Stephen’s House & Gardens– Gala in the Gardens Summer Fete

Stephens House and Gardens is holding its annual Summer Gala  with  a BBQ, craft stalls, a local brass band, and activities for children such as mini-sporting challenges, hula-hooping, face-painting, a bouncy castle and more. 
We are looking for volunteers who can:

  • help supervise the children’s sporting activities
  • offer other activities – spare-time jugglers, hoopers, conjurors and so on are very welcome!
  •  look after the public and generally help out with whatever is needed on the day

Role: Gala in the Gardens Volunteer

When: Sunday 19th July, 11am – 4pm

Where: Stephen’s House & Gardens (formerly Avenue House), Finchley Central

Contact: Marie-Christine O’Callaghan, volunteer@stephenshouseandgardens.com, 020 8349 3854

25th and 26th July
Archikids Festival 2015

Join the fun at Archikids Festival and bring the city’s architecture to life for children and their families.

Archikids is a free family festival that opens up iconic places of the city (such as the Gherkin) for families to explore. The aim of the festival is to inspire, engage and educate children about the great architecture of London through a host of activities. The 30+ fun activities, such scooter tours, jelly-tecture workshops, skyscraper explorations are run by architects, artists and engineers and we are seeking creative and enthusiastic volunteers to help them. The activities take place all weekend and volunteers are invited to help out as much or as little as they can. The benefits of volunteering include:

- working with and learning from design professionals

- visiting interesting places

- gaining experience of working with children and public audiences

- helping to develop your own design practice

Volunteer Role(s):

The role of the volunteer is to help and assist the lead facilitator in running a successful and fun activity and to manage the administrative items of the activity. The role includes – helping children make/build/design their project; helping organise activity materials; signing-in families to the festival; taking photographs; managing queues; inviting families to complete questionnaires. It is a busy and buzzing environment full of fun and creative engagement. We are seeking friendly, organised and self-motivated people to help us.

When: Saturday 25 July  and/or Sunday 26 July.

Volunteers are asked to participate for minimum half day (9am-1pm) or maximum full day (9am-6pm)

Where: City of London. The festival is hosted in different venues around the city such as the Gherkin, Broadgate, Bevis Marks.


Katie Darling

For further info about the festival: www.archikids.org.uk

28th July
St. Pancras Community Association Gardening Day for Older People in Camden

Make a world of difference to an older person’s home by doing some light gardening and a spot of window cleaning. You’ll have a chance to socialise with the resident’s along the way and volunteers will be rewarded with a gathering at St Pancras Community Association where drinks and snacks will be provided.

No gardening experience needed - just enthusiasm for the task

Role: Gardening Day Volunteering

When: Tuesday 28th July, 1.30-5.00pm

Where: Meet at St. Pancras community centre, 30 Camden Street, NW1 0LG

Contact: Laura Bolus, gns@spca.org.uk

July and August
63 Years of Queen Victoria – Summer at the Ragged School Museum

Join the Ragged School Museum  in July and August for a summer of fun free family activities! The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of canal side buildings which once formed the largest “ragged” or free school in London. During the summer holidays, we provide visiting families with fun and free arts and crafts activities!

We require volunteers to help us run these activities. As a Family Learning Volunteer you will assist visitors at activity tables, encourage them to take part, provide a welcoming atmosphere, and assist with the clean down at the end of the day.

In return, you will receive a full induction and introductory tour, gain experience working with children and families within a heritage environment, and have loads of fun!

We’re looking for friendly, engaging and reliable individuals who have an interest in working with children, and have good spoken English.

Volunteer Role(s): Family Learning Volunteer

When: Every Wednesday and  Thursday from 29th July to the 27th August – 10am until 5pm

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

Contact: Daniella Hadley, Daniella@raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk

August 2nd
WellChild Prudential RideLondon 100

On Sunday 2nd August we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to man cheerpoints along the route of the Prudential RideLondon 100 cycle ride to support our 100+ team of WellChild cyclists who aim to raise in excess of £55,000.00 to support seriously sick children.  We know from experience that WellChild volunteer cheerers offer a huge amount of motivation and on the day and will make the WellChild presence along the route that bit more spectacular.

20,000 cyclists will be cycling a modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race route.  This new event offers a unique opportunity to become part of cycling history.  Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by London 2012, Prudential RideLondon 100 will start in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then follow the closed roads throughout the capital and onto Surrey’s stunning country roads and hills.  With leg-testing climbs and a route recently made famous by the world’s best cyclists, this promises to be a truly spectacular event for all those involved!  For more information about the event please visit our website here.

Volunteer Role(s): Cheerering on WellChild cyclists

When: Sunday 2nd August 2015 (anytime between 9am – 5.30pm)

Where: Kingston upon Thames

Contact: Annie Lewis –

2nd August
Macmillan Wimbledon Ride London

Our riders train and fundraise tirelessly so that we can ensure no one faces cancer alone. They are truly incredible and we need to make sure that they are well supported on the day…this is where you come in!

We need you to clap, shout and cheer on our riders as they take on this tough course.

The time you give will help Team Macmillan to raise more money and ultimately improve the lives of people affected by cancer. We are looking for enthusiasm as our riders love hearing you cheer, an approachable and fun personality. Punctuality and reliability is key on the day!

What can you gain from this opportunity: The opportunity to enhance your CV and gain great experience within the charity sector. Most importantly, you will have an enjoyable and fun day with a tema of fantastic staff and volunteers.

Volunteer Role(s): Ride London Events Assistant

When: 2nd August  9am – 5pm

Where: Wimbledon Hill SW20

Contact: Please contact the Macmillan Cycling team for more information.

Email: cycling@macmillan.org.uk

Tel: 020 7840 7875

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August
Concern Worldwide-
London Triathlon 2015

We need many volunteers to cheer on our participants at the London Triathlon on Saturday 8 August and / or Sunday 9 August. We will have a charity tent along the running route so we can support our runners and give them a massive cheer as they go past.

Then we make sure they are at our post-race reception once they’ve crossed the finish line. We will need support to set our tent up for the participants with banners, refreshments and information.

Your voice and enthusiasm will help our runners achieve their personal goals and raise vital funds for Concern’s work.

About you

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.


  • Good communication and self-organisation skills
  • Willingness to get involved and help out
  • An interest in the charity sector, in particular international development

What you’ll be doing

  • Give a massive cheer to all our participants, especially the runners as they go past the Concern Worldwide tent
  • Sign post runners to the post-race reception
  • Help set-up and pack-up Concern’s tent
  • Helping man the information tent
  • Greet and congratulate Concern’s participants on their achievement.

Minimum time commitment is 4-5 hours.
First stage 10am – 2.15pm. Second stage: 2pm – 6pm. (TBC)

What you’ll get out if it

  • A great day out! London Triathlon has an fantastic spirit and we hope to have many enthusiastic people around
  • A chance to build your communications skills and confidence, develop your organisation skills
  • Experience of working at an event
  • An insight into the international development sector


We’ll pay your expenses on a receipts basis to a maximum of £12 for travel and £5 for lunch.

(Only volunteers working a minimum of five hours on the day will be able to claim expenses for lunch).

How to apply

Please send us a summary with the following details:

  • personal details (email address, phone number)
  • please tell us about any previous volunteering experience you may have

Where: ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

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