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.

Newlon Fusion 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: 14th January, 10am-4pm

Where: Barnsbury Community Centre, 10 Jays Street, London, N1 0TJ

Contact: Jenefa Khanom – Jenefa.khanom@newlonfusion.org.uk, 020 7833 2525

Street Child “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

October & November
Omnibus presents Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes” and we need you to be a part of it!

Omnibus is a newly opened multi arts-centre in Clapham.  We have lovingly renovated the iconic  Victorian building that housed the old Clapham Library into a vibrant and inspiring space where creativity and culture can flourish. We programme high quality theatre, music, film, visual art as well as comedy and spoken word.

Omnibus is presenting a promenade performance of Macbeth directed by Omnibus Associate Director Gemma Kerr and designed by Lorna Ritchie.

We’ll be having rehearsals from October 20th with our first preview on November 11th and the final performance on November 29th. We need an army of volunteers to help out.

When: From October 20th- November 29th

Where: 1 Northside (The Old Library), Clapham Common, London, SW4 0QW
Contact: Please contact our Assistant Director, Kathleen Douglas (kathleen.douglas@omnibus-clapham.org) with an idea of the times and dates that you are available.

Sunday 30th November
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 numb

October and November
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.
Right now 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 October and November
Where: Haringey, London
Contact: For Tuesday and Thursday Conservation Projects: Paul, p.colcutt@tcv.org.uk, 07887 624866.
For Haringey Green Gym: Jacqui, j.cox@tcv.org.uk, 07740899 682.

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**

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

Thursday 27th November
St John’s Hospice
Christmas Collections

Throughout the festive season, hosts a number of collections to raise money from the general public. Quite often these are accompanied by a choir singing. We are seeking volunteers to help with collections on the following dates:

For each collection we are seeking the help of 5 volunteers.

Role: Christmas Collections Volunteer

When: Thursday 27th November

Where: Paddington Station

Contact: Katherine France, katherine.france@hje.og.uk

**Please note this event is repeated on the following dates:Thursday 4th December, Paddington Station**

St John’s Hospice Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre has become one of the largest festive events in North West London. This year, the Christmas Fayre will host over 50 stalls, large fairground rides and festive food and drink.

We need the help of over 100 volunteers to ensure the event is a huge success.

Volunteer roles include:

  • Collecting tickets for fairground rides
  • Supervising queues and stewarding visitors
  • Managing Hospice information stalls
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Selling ride tickets
  • Collecting Donations
  • Flyering

Role: Christmas Fayre Volunteer

When: Sunday 30th November. Two shifts available, 8am – 1pm or 1pm – 6pm

Where: St John’s Wood High Street

Contact: Katherine France, katherine.france@hje.og.uk

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice London Underground Collections

Noah’s Ark is an expanding children’s hospice service, providing practical and emotional support to life-threatened or life-limited children and young people, and their families, living within the communities of North London, specifically the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. To date Noah’s Ark has worked with more than 200 families.

We urgently need Volunteers to help us out at our London Undergound collections within specific Tube stations

Name of Event: London Underground Collections

Volunteer Role(s): Bucket collecting within specific London Underground stations

When: Saturday 15th November, Sunday 14th December, Friday 19th December

Where: Wood Green Station, Angel Station & Belsize Park Station (respectively to dates)

Time: All stations will have collection time slots; 11am – 2pm & 2pm – 5pm

Contact: Taylan Uysal – Tuysal@noahsarkhospice.org.uk

2nd December
UCLU Concert in the Quad- Santa Needed!

UCLU are looking for Santa! As every year, we’ll be celebrating the beginning of the festivities at the Charity Concert in the Quad on Tuesday 2nd  December and we’re inviting many children to come and be part of the event. If you would like to dress up with the red costume, the hat and the white beard (you don’t need to grow your own!) and hand out presents to the children, then please let us know. We’ll provide the costume and presents, you only need to bring your enthusiasm with you!

If you have a DBS check and are free on Tuesday 2nd December between 4-7.30pm, please email Katerina at k.alexandropoulou@ucl.ac.uk as soon as you can.

7th December
Alzheimer’s Society Santa Fun Run

Alzheimer’s Society require a team of enthusiastic volunteers to support our 100 runners at London’s biggest Santa Run in Victoria Park. Volunteers will be required to get into the festive spirit and give all our Santa’s a big cheer as they run by. Cheers and encouragement really do help all our runners around the course and ensure we provide our supporters with a memorable event experience.  We will provide you with a t-shirt, cheer materials and light refreshments.

Volunteer Role(s):

When: 7 December 2014, 10:30am -12:30pm

Where: Victoria Park, London

Contact: Gaby Morgan, events@alzheimers.org.uk

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice: Brent Cross Bucket Collection & Carol Singing

Noah’s Ark is an expanding children’s hospice service, providing practical and emotional support to life-threatened or life-limited children and young people, and their families, living within the communities of North London, specifically the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. To date Noah’s Ark has worked with more than 200 families.

We urgently need volunteers to help us out at our bucket collections and carol singing  at Brent Cross.

Volunteer Role(s): Bucket Collection OR Carol Singing

When: Sunday 14th Dec, Wednesday 17th Dec, Thursday 18th Dec & Saturday 20th Dec

Time: Time slots; 10am – 2pm, 2pm – 6pm

Where: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW4 3FP

Contact: Taylan Uysal – Tuysal@noahsarkhospice.org.uk

29th December
National AIDS Trust: Fundraising Volunteers

We are holding street and tube station collections at various locations around central London to raise money and awareness for World AIDS Day. It would be great to have your help in making this the best ever World AIDS Day. If you can spare some time, morning, noon or night, then we would love to hear from you.

Role: Bucket collecting around central London (weekend) and specific London Underground stations (1st December: World AIDS Day)

When: Saturday 29th November, Sunday 30th November, Monday 1st December

Where: Street collections will be held in various locations in central London, and Tube collections will be held at Clapham Common, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Manor House, Mansion House, Queens Park, Stockwell, Swiss Cottage, Vauxhall, and Warren Street

Time: Throughout the day

Contact: Nathalie Cooper – fundraising@nat.org.uk, 020 7814 6726

Get Connected- Connected Christmas

Come and join our band of merry yellow Santas spreading Christmas cheer across London to help raise vital funds for the Get Connected helpline this winter. We will be collecting at Baker Street, carolling at Trafalgar Square and holding a family fun day at Old Spitalfields Market. We want some enthusiastic and engaging volunteers to shake a bucket and engage the public in support of our helpline service for under 25s who need help and don’t know where to turn. You will benefit from learning about a worthwhile cause, exercise your communication skills and that warm and fuzzy feeling from doing something special for young people in need.

Volunteer Role(s): Fundraiser bucket shakers


Spitalfields Fundraising day Sunday 7th December (11am -4pm)

Baker Street Tube station collection - Thursday 11th December 4 hour shifts between (6.30 am – 10pm)

Trafalgar Square carolling collection Wednesday 17th December (6.45pm-8pm)


7th Dec – Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW

11th Dec - Baker Street Station, Marylebone Rd London NW1

17th Dec – Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN

Contact: Genevieve Hinchliff – Genevieve.hinchliff@getconnected.org.uk

4th December - Children’s Heart Federation
Spitalfields Christmas Singing Event

The Children’s Heart Federation is dedicated to helping children with congenital or acquired heart disease and their families in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Volunteers are urgently needed to represent Children’s Heart Federation at an event in Spitalfields Market, which includes Christmas singing with Rock Choir. A fun and festive event with the chance to meet some lovely people, support a fabulous charity, and get in the Christmas spirit! Travel expenses paid.

Volunteer Role(s): Fundraising and bucket collections.

When: 4th December, 5:30-6:30 pm

Where: Spitalfield’s Market

Contact: Angharad@chfed.org.uk

12th December
Text Santa raising funds for Wellchild

Text Santa, ITV’s charity fundraising appeal is back in 2014 and it’s going to be bigger than ever. The show will be hosted by stars such as Ant & Dec,  Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness as well as featuring  a number of exciting celebrity appearances.

This year six charities will benefit from the appeal including Wellchild  and they need your help to raise as much money and awareness as possible!

Text Santa will be taking over stations across London for three days this Christmas.

We need you for 2/3 hours (or more if you can spare it!) between 7am and 7pm on Friday 12th December at Euston Square Tube Station, London.

Teams of volunteers will be provided with a WellChild t-shirt and bucket and staff will be on hand to support you.  Help us to kick off Text Santa’s appeal with a bang!

Volunteer Role(s): Bucket collection

When: Friday 12th December between 7am & 7pm

Where: Euston Square Tube Station

Contact: Annie Lewis – Volunteer Coordinator, annielewis@wellchild.org.uk.

4th and 5th December
Text Santa raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust is incredibly lucky to be one of ITV Text Santa’s charities of 2014. We have a great opportunity to raise money at Morrisons stores across the UK. We need your help to cover the stores in Camden and Holloway. It’s only a couple of hours and it will make the world of difference. We need YOUR help!

When: Include date and shift times 4th and/or 5th December, 9-11:30am and/or 11:30-2pm

Where: Camden (Chalk Farm Road) and/or Holloway (Hertslet Road)

Contact: textsanta@teenagecancertrust.org Yogna and Holly