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.

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

St John’s Hospice - Tube Collections

St John’s Hospice cares for over 2000 patients and their families each year. We host a number of collections to raise money from the general public each year to support our vital work.

We are seeking volunteers to help with collections held across London.

Volunteer Role(s): Volunteers will be bucket collecting at tube stations

When and Where: Anytime throughout the day on the following days and locations:  

  • 4th September- Barbican Tube Station
  • 24th September- Gloucester Road Tube Station
  • 25th September- Earls Court Tube Station

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

August and September
Brixton Conversations

We urgently need help with our Brixton Conversations project. Old and new Brixton residents will be paired up for a conversation, which will be recorded and edited into a short film.  We are interested in people’s sense of belonging to Brixton, and how the current changes are affecting this.

We will be asking the participants to discuss what the idea of home means to them, and what makes Brixton feel like home. 

The film will be edited and screened as part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival at the end of September.  

We’ll also need help for the screening so let us know if you around at the end of September. 

Some more info about the project can be found at : https://anchorandmagnet.wordpress.com/news-2/

Volunteers will get involved with a local community, learn skills and observe creative approaches to research.

The project is funded by UCL Train & Engage, Lambeth Council and Arts Council England.

Volunteer Role(s): help with hospitality, filming and general support.

When: Screening 26-30th september

Where: Brixton, venue tbc.

Contact: Katy Beinart: katy@katybeinart.co.uk

The Challenge National Citizen Service

We are looking for inspiring and responsible individuals to help teams of sixteen and seventeen-year- olds, participating in the National Citizen Service (NCS), deliver social action projects in the local community in South London.

The Social Action Volunteer will volunteer a minimum of three days during the September weekends. They will assist our paid staff in facilitating the projects delivered by the young people to strengthen their community.

This role is suitable for a dynamic and confident person who is passionate about social integration and eager to gain experience volunteering with young people.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable volunteering experience with an established charity and be involved with an exciting programme which has tangible results for the young people involved.

To download the application form click here and select the social action volunteer tab. Then send your completed apllication, along with your CV, to roman.lagnado@the-challenge.org

When: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th September 2015 (must commit to a minimum of 3 days). Hours: 0900-1700

Where: Across South London

Contact: Roman Lagnado. roman.lagnado@the-challenge.org

September and October
Maths on Toast- Microvolunteer on our crowdfunding campaign!

Are you social media savvy? Do you like children’s games? Do you want a taster of fundraising?

Maths on Toast is looking for people to spread the word about our crowdfunding campaign.

This is what’s known as ‘microvolunteering’ - it can take as little as ten minutes but will really help us get the word out – and give you a taster of fundraising.

Volunteer Role(s): Fundraiser

When: Any time Sept 2nd to Oct 2nd  – it takes ten to thirty minutes

Where: From your desk

Contact: alexandra@mathsontoast.org.uk

More Information-     http://www.mathsontoast.org.uk/crowdfunding-microvolunteering/   (Link goes live from September 2nd 2015 at 2pm)

Saturday 5th September
Fitzrovia Street Party and Community Dinner

Every summer, young people organise a street party and community dinner for local residents. A stage is erected in the play area and tables and chairs set out in the street. Young people host the event on stage, provide entertainment, serve the food, organise decorations and tidy up and provide all the stewarding.

This event takes place around the Warren outdoor play area and is aimed at improving relations between young people and residents who live close by.

Volunteers will supervise activities, carry out evaluations with members of the public and stewards and help set up and pack away.

You will build on key skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership and will be helping in your local community, all while having a great day!

When: Saturday 5th September 2015, 11am-7pm

Where: The Warren, Whitfield Street, W1T 5EL

Contact: Alice Weavers, alice.weavers@fya.org.uk  

Saturday 5th September
NSPCC London Colour Run NIGHT!

On the 5th of September this year, it will get brighter when the sun goes down over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The UK’s first ever Colour Run Night is coming to town! We need neon night owl volunteers to cheer on our colourful runners and roving photographers to get snap happy with the team! What’s more, you can join us at our awesome post-race party. Our runners are raising vital funds for our work fighting for every childhood, so please do come and support them! We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to join us for 4 hours from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. We will be in touch to arrange with you what time to arrive, where to meet and what to expect.

Volunteer Role(s): NSPCC Cheerer

When: 5th September

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Contact: Cesca Henbest, cheer@nspcc.org.uk

Sunday 6th September
NSPCC Gherkin Challenge

This event sees hundreds of intrepid Gherkineers race or walk to the top of one of London’s most iconic buildings, the Gherkin. We’re looking for volunteers for a variety of roles, including cheering our participants on through the stairwells, running fun family events in the Gherkin Plaza and handing out medals at the top of the tower! Every volunteer will have the opportunity to see the incredible view from the top floor of the Gherkin.

Volunteers will be rotated around a range of roles including:

Plaza volunteer  - run our fantastic family activities down on the ground around the gherkin.

Registration volunteer – ensure all our participants are registered and ready to run!

Stairwell volunteer – cheer participants on as they make their way from floor to floor and ensure they are all safe and well.

Medals volunteer – handing out the all-important medals at the top of the tower!

When: Sunday 6 September 2015 – 8.00am - 3.30pm

Where: The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP

Contact: Emma Stevenson -  cheer@nspcc.org.uk

Monday 7th 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
When: Monday 7th September, 11am – 4pm
Where: Camden Centre
Contact: Harriet Newcombe, , 0207 974 5633

**Interested individuals are asked to contact Harriet 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 4th October, Sunday 15th November, Sunday 13th December – Christmas Celebration

15th- 18th September
Monsoon Accessorise Trust Sample Sale

Founded in 1994, the Monsoon Accessorise Trust helps disadvantaged women and children in Asia through education, health and income generation projects.

Help is required at our sample sales which raise money for the Trust. Volunteers will help get items ready for sale, remove labels and hang up garments. On the day we need volunteers to help keep the room tidy during the sale, pack up purchases for customers, hand out flyers, box up items and help clear up after the sale.

When: 15th – 18th September

Where: The American Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1

Contact: Gillian Lipton, glipton@monsoon.co.uk

Friday 18th September
Maggie’s Culture Crawl 2015

Maggie’s Culture Crawl 2015 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 including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the V&A Museum, and they will enjoy spectacular performances from musicians, dancers and artists and taste delicious food and drink.

Volunteer Role(s): Decorating venues, registering participants, cheering, marshalling, handing out refreshments and more!

When: Various shifts from 3pm Friday 18 September – 6am Saturday 19 September

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

Contact: Alice Walton – ccvolunteers@maggiescentres.org

Sunday 20th 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 20th September, 18th October
Where: Stephen’s House & Gardens (formerly Avenue House), Finchley Central
Contact: Marie-Christine O’Callaghan, volunteer@stephenshouse
, 020 8349 3854

Sunday 20th September
RLSB’s Blindfold Run

On Sunday 20th September 2015 RLSB is hosting their annual flagship event, the ‘Blindfold Run 10k’ at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We need YOU to come on down to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and be one of our fantastic volunteers on the day. With so many varied roles available, there’s sure to be a job that’ll take your fancy.

We’ll have hundreds of supporters running in pairs, with one running blindfolded and the other guiding. It’s an event like no other, but one that would not be possible without a team of dedicated, wonderful volunteers – and that’s why we need you!

The run will begin at 11:00, and we expect most runners to have finished by 13:00. All of our volunteers will need to arrive by 09:00 for the volunteer briefing, where you will receive detailed instructions on both the event itself and your role.

Your day will end at 14:00. If you are unable to attend from 09:00 – 14:00 please get in touch, and may be able to cater to your timings.

When: Sunday 20th September, 9.00-14.00

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London

Contact: Claire Linacre – Claire.linacre@rlsb.org.uk

Sunday 20th September
NSPCC London Duathlon

We are looking for 40 enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to volunteer at our cheering stations at the London Duathlon in Richmond Park on 20th September. Our team are a vibrant sea of green, creating a party atmosphere and motivating our supporters as they go past; spurring them on their way round the course. Be it cheering, clapping, whooping or even singing, you will make a huge difference to how our runners feel and help them to complete their challenge. We have two shifts – 10am–1pm and 1pm-4pm

Volunteer Role(s): NSPCC Cheerer

When: Sunday 20 September

Where: Richmond Park, London

Contact:. Kirsty Joanes, cheer@nspcc.org.uk

September & October
Breast Cancer Care London Stations Collections

Last year we raised a fantastic £5,600 from our London bucket collections in October as part of breast cancer awareness month. We will be collecting during the busiest commuter times, 7.30-9.30am and 4.30-7.30pm on the 21st September.

Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide support charity helping the thousands of people waking up to the harsh reality of breast cancer every day. Our specialist nurses, local services and emotional support network mean there’s always someone to turn to for information and support.

Volunteer Roles: Bucket Collectors

When and Where:

Victoria Station- Monday 21st September, 7:30am-9:30am & 4:30pm-7:30pm

Charing Cross Station- Friday 2nd October, 7:30am-9:30am & 4:30pm-7:30pm

Embankment Tube Station- Friday 9th October, 7:30am-9:30am & 4:30pm-7:30pm

Cannon Street Tube Station- Friday 30th October, 7:30am-9:30am & 4:30pm-7:30pm

Contact: Robyn Carlson, Fundraising.south@breastcancercare.org.uk

Tuesday 22nd September
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.

Role: Gardening Day Volunteering

When: Tuesday 22nd September, 2pm-5pm

Where: Clyde Court- (Somerstown) near St Pancras

Contact: Glen Pickard, g.pickard@ucl.ac.uk  

26th and 27th September
Cancer Research UK - Shine Night Walk

Shine Night Walk is Cancer Research UK’s night-time walking full or half marathon open to men and women. People from all over the UK will join us for an incredible night on 26th September to help us raise over 5million for Cancer Research UK.
This September, Shine Night Walk needs you to support over 17,000 men and women as they take to the streets on London to walk all over cancer. We need lots of volunteers, so please do sign up today and help us to beat cancer sooner.
Your passion, experience and dedication will really help to make Shine Night Walk a success – motivating Shiners around the full or half marathon course. You could get involved in anything from setting up the course to running one of the Pit Stops or generating excitement over the loudspeaker at the start area.

When: Saturday 26th night - Sunday 27th September morning, or in the run up to the event
Where: Depends on each role,
Contact: Shine Volunteer Manage. volunteering-londonshine@cancer.org.uk

More information at : http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/charity-walks/shine-night-walk/support-on-the-night/volunteering#shine_volunteer_20

Sunday 11th October
Bloodwise Alternative Hair Show

We fund research and provide support to improve blood cancer patients’ lives.

Each year we support the Alternative Hair Show at The Royal Albert Hall and we are currently looking for volunteers to come and help us this year on Sunday 11th October sell programmes, merchandise and support with the bucket collections. 

We hope to raise a record amount of money this year and in order to do this; we need as many volunteers as possible to help achieve this!

You will of course get a chance to watch the show from the gallery as well. 

You can find out more about this year’s event as well as the history behind it here - http://www.alternativehair.org/   

When: Sunday 11th October, 6pm- 10.45pm

Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP

Contact: Miranda, msherriff@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk

October- May
Saracens / UCH Cancer Fund Challenge Event

The University College Hospital (UCH) Cancer Fund is delighted to be one of the official charities for Premiership rugby champions, Saracens for the 2015/16 rugby season. During each home match, the UCH Cancer Fund will be running its’ own area for fans called the “Challenge Zone”.

In the zone, there will be a number of activities going on, including Sport Inflatable Challenges, Target Speed activities and a number of other skills based challenges.

We are looking for 10 volunteers to be at the heart of the action and help run the zone at each match, encourage people (and players!) to get involved and inspire them to take on their own challenge and raise funds for the UCH Cancer Fund.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in making a difference for people with cancer whilst having fun at the heart of a rugby match day.

Volunteer Role(s): Saracens / UCH Cancer Fund Match Day Volunteer

When: 1 or 2 Saturday(s) per month, Typically 11.30 – 16.30 (Saracens will compete in a minimum of 12 matches at Allianz Park. Applicants must be able to work for at least 6 of the games overall.)

Dates Confirmed: Saturday 17 October 2015, Saturday 31 October 2015, Saturday 14 November 2015, Saturday 19 December 2015, Saturday 02 January 2016, Saturday 16 or 23 January, Saturday 30 January 2016, Saturday 13 February 2016, Saturday 20 February 2016, Saturday 05 March 2016 , Saturday 26 March 2016, Saturday 30 April 2016, Saturday 21 May 2016

Where: Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, Hendon, London NW4 1RL

Contact: Nick Gilbert (Head of Fundraising) - nick.gilbert@uclh.nhs.uk