University College London Union

One-Off Volunteering Programme

Throughout the year the VSU organises 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.

Community Links Client Interviewing and Advising Project

Community Links is an innovative east London anti-poverty charity, running a wide range of community projects.
We are looking for 10 students to join our award winning Advice Team. We are providing students with training and some legal work experience, under the supervision of a solicitor, whilst they offer advice to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
This opportunity is open to both undergraduates and post graduates of any discipline, and is ideal for students considering a career that involves dealing with the public, or with giving information or advice.
Successful applicants will attend a half day training session at City Law Firm Hogan Lovells LLP followed by a full Practice day where they will interview a client and help them with an initial application for a welfare benefit, draft a file note to record the client’s instruction, advice given and further action and draft a detailed advice letter to the client.

For an application pack please email Glen Pickard, g.pickard@ucl.ac.uk 

Role: Planning and Event Volunteers
When: Flexible
Where: Central and East London
Contact: Glen Pickard, .uk

Saturday 26th July
Oasis Green Gym at Oasis Sports Centre

The Oasis Garden Green Gym provides a fantastic opportunity for  volunteers to get involved in managing this outdoor space, learn about food growing and get active and healthy in a highly urbanised area deprived of greenspace. The new Oasis Garden has been developed next to the outdoor pool of the Oasis Sports Centre in Holborn in partnership with Camden Council and Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).
The Oasis Garden comprises of an attractive mosaic of raised beds with integrated seating areas, trellises and compost bins.The  garden has had a most productive first growing season and even won an award for Best Camden Green Zones  in the Camden in Bloom competition.
We donate surplus produce, not taken by volunteers, to the New Horizons Youth Project in Somers Town, Camden who provide a hot meal daily to homeless and disadvantaged youth in the area.
Oasis Garden Green Gym sessions are FREE and open to all volunteers, regardless of experience or levels of fitness. The group has a relaxed atmosphere and volunteers can work at their own pace. An experienced leader will start and finish each session with a few minutes of gentle warm-up exercises and cool-down stretches to get muscles warmed up and reduce the risk of injury. The well earned break half way through the session is a chance to socialise with like-minded people and enjoy a hot drink in the great outdoors.

Role: Green Gym Volunteer
Time: 10am – 1pm
Where: 32 Endell St, Camden WC2H 9AG
Contact: GG-oasis@tcv.org.uk

Saturday 26th July
YMCA England Retail Goodge Street 25th Anniversary

Our Goodge St Shop is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and we are looking to create a party atmosphere! We are inviting anyone who can provide some entertainment to come along on the day to entertain. Do you play an instrument? Are you a ballroom dancer? Do you have a skill for magic? Do you play in a band? Whatever your talent we will consider all offers to provide anything from 30minutes to a whole day’s entertainment outside our shop (weather permitting) on the day of the anniversary. It will give you a great chance to practice your skill in front of an audience.

Role: Goodge Street YMCA 25th Anniversry Entertainment Volunteer
Where: YMCA Shop, 22 Goodge St, London, W1T 2 QE
Contact: Emma Roberts, emma.roberts@england.ymca.org.uk, 07920598473

Saturday 26th July
Hair-ology Conference 2014

The Hair-ology Conference is an educational and fun event aimed at addressing hair and scalp related concerns of people of Afro-Caribbean descent. Speakers on the day will include trichologists, qualified hairdressers, well known UK bloggers and a member of the Sickle Cell Society. The event also aims to improve awareness of Sickle cell Anaemia and raise money for the Sickle Cell Society. Our last conference received support from organisations such as Palmer’s and Keracare and we were able to raise funds for the Sickle Cell Society.

Volunteers will be needed to assist with ushering, registration, looking after the guest speakers; setting up/ tidying up; fundraising. Volunteers will receive a certificate as well as free product samples.

Role: Conference Volunteer
Time: 8am – 6pm. We are happy to have volunteers who may only be available for part of the day as well; on the day volunteers will rotate to ensure they each have adequate breaks)
Where: UCL Institute of Child Health
Contact: Olayemi Bello, hairology.conference@gmail.com

Sunday 27th July
Stephen’s House & Gardens ‘Gala in the Gardens’

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: Summer Gala Voluntter
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Where: Stephen’s House & Gardens (formerly Avenue House), Finchley Central
Contact: Hilary Jarvis, volunteer@stephenshouseandgardens.com, 020 8349 3854

Monday 28th July to Sunday 24th August
The Clement James Carnival Arts Summer Programme

Come and join the staff and students at The Clement James Centre to help create costumes for the Notting Hill Carnival! Our 3-week programme involves working with a group of children aged 7-13 to support them taking part in a wide range of arts activities including dance, music and crafts. The weeks also involve workshops by external practitioners and trips to offsite locations.

Main Duties:

  • To assist the Carnival staff with delivering the summer Carnival Arts Programme for children and young people e.g. supervising painting; helping them to practice their dance or song; going on trips to support staff.
  • To assist the Carnival staff with organising resources and planning activities, this may include administrative duties e.g. creating worksheets, photocopying or calling absent students.  

We will provide you with:

  • Varied experience of working with children and young people to build up a CV.
  • Opportunities to develop your own ideas and gain skills for future employment in the Arts sector.
  • Close supervision from a member of the Carnival team and the chance to observe delivery, shadow a member of staff and then help run activities.  Reasonable travel expenses.
  • The chance to make a difference to young people’s lives.

Role: Carnival Arts Volunteer
When: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm on the following weeks: 28th July, 4th August and 18th August. The parade will take place at the Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday 24th August. You can volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 weeks.
Where: The ClementJames Centre, 95 Sirdar Road, W11 4EQ
Contact: Hannah Starr, hannahs@clementjames.org

Tuesday 29th July
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:Tuesday 26th August, Sunday 28th September, Thursday 23rd October, Sunday 30th November**

Wednesday 30th July to Thursday 28th August
The Ragged School Museum Summer Holiday Family Days

The Ragged School Museum is looking for volunteers to help out with our fun Summer Holiday family days, throughout July and August. We’ll be running a host of activities, exploring Victorian London. Most of our visitors are families with primary school aged children and the role will involve welcoming them and helping them get involved with our activities. It’s a really fun, social role and ideal for anyone interested in a career in education and/or museums and heritage. You’ll meet lots of other volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, plus lots of lovely visitors.

Role: Summer Holiday Volunteer
Time: 10am – 5pm – all help, from 2-3 hours upwards, is appreciated.
Where: The Ragged School Museum, 46-50 Copperfield Road, E3 4RR
Contact: Chris Bennion, chris@raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk

Saturday 2nd August
Queen’s Crescent Summer Festival

Queen’s Crescent Summer Festival is an annual family event for the local community to encourage social cohesion and instil local pride in residents.

The event will include children’s fairground rides, live music, international food stalls, sports activities, various other entertainments and a full street market.  We need stewards to help with crowd control (ie. in front of the stage or ensuring exit points and walkways are kept clear), directing the public around the festival, and reporting incidents or accidents to QCCA staff. 

In turn volunteers will enjoy the live entertainment, festival atmosphere and a voucher for a free lunch at the stall of their choice. 

Role: Summer Festival Stewards
Time: 11am – 6pm.  There will also be an evening briefing at the centre two weeks before the event, date tbc.
Where: QCCA, 45 Ashdown Crescent, London NW5 4QE- outside areas surrounding our centre and the street market
Contact: Eloise, eloise@qcca.org.uk

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August
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: All day
Contact: Alex Burton, alexburton@nhs.net

**Please note this event is repeated on the following date: Sunday 7th September, morning**

Monday 4th to Friday 8th August (Working with Year 11s)
Action Tutoring Summer School

Action Tutoring need student experts from all subject disciplines to take part in their week long summer schools. Volunteers will spend mornings working on an exciting academic project with their pupil and afternoons taking them on cultural activities around London (including a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe and the BBC). On Friday tutors will then accompany their pupil to Cambridge for an access visit. All expenses are covered and all food will be provided. 

Role: Summer School Tutor
Where: London / Cambridge
Contact: If you are interested in applying, please send us your CV and a cover letter to hello@actiontutoring.org.uk. There are limited places (and humanities, social science and arts places fill up fast!) so try to get your application in as soon as possible.

**Please note this event is repeated on the following dates: Monday 18th to Friday 22nd August (working with Year 10s)**

Tuesday 5th August
Evelina London Children’s Hospital Cricket Match Collections

Volunteers will be helping us raise funds and awareness for Evelina London Children’s Hospital. This involves helping with bucket collections for donations, handing out information and speaking to cricket fans about the hospital. All volunteers will receive a free ticket to a Surrey cricket match.

Role: Cricket Match Collections Volunteer
Time: 10-2pm & 2-7pm
Where: Kia Oval, Vauxhall
Contact: Rowena Bentley, Rowena.Bentley@kcl.ac.uk

**Please note this event is repeated on the following dates: Saturday 16th August; Sunday 17th August; Monday 18th August; Tuesday 19th August**

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 10th August
Shelter RideLondon 2014

RideLondon sees 25,000 cyclists taking on a 100 mile journey, made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, from central London to the beauty of the Surrey countryside.
Shelter has a team of over 110 dedicated riders who’ve been training and fundraising for months and they need you to help them make it to the finish line! Can you give our amazing cyclists the support they deserve?
We need Team Cheerers on Putney Bridge and Finish Line Team greeters in Green Park. We’ll provide you with everything you need including a FREE Shelter cheerers T-shirt and cheerer clappers.
It’s an incredible day of sport and you can be a part of it - an opportunity not to be missed.

Role: RideLondon 2014 Supporter
Time: 10am – 3pm
Where: Putney Bridge or Green Park
Contact: Alysia, events@shelter.org.uk, 0344 515 1190

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August
Sparks LolliBop Festival

Volunteer at LolliBop, the UK’s biggest festival for kids!
LolliBop is the BIG BASH for little people and we’re excited to be the official charity partner. Join the Sparks team and be part of making the festival a real success.
Sparks funds medical research into conditions affecting the health of babies, children and mums-to-be. Our vision is a world where all babies are given the best possible start in life and where a medical condition or disability at birth is not a barrier to opportunity and fulfilment.

The LolliBop festival includes hundreds of engaging activities, interactive zones and big name performances all aimed at the under 10s. With Sparks as charity partner, families will also have the opportunity to make a life-changing difference to other children by simply having fun.

As a member of the Sparks team you could be involved in a range of activities: help man our stands and collect donations, look after a penalty shoot out, reading books in our story corner, or taking donations from the LolliBop guest list. Be part of a big team, meet other volunteers and Sparks supporters, and have great fun.

Role: LolliBop Festival Volunteer
Time: Full day, 9am – 6pm, or half day, 9am – 2pm and 1pm – 6pm
Where: Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
Contact: Elvira Morrison elvira@sparks.org.uk

Wednesday 16th August
St. Mark’s Breakfast Challenge Race Helpers

Support the St Mark’s Breakfast Challenge on the 16th August at Northwick Park in Harrow. We’re looking for enthusiastic and outgoing supporters who can help make the day a success and raise awareness of St Mark’s Hospital in support of Bowel Cancer.

Role: Challenge Event Supporter
Where: Northwick Park
Contact: Alex Burton, alexburton@nhs.net

Sunday 17th August
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: 21st September, 19th October and 16th November**

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th August
Mind Yourself SW4 Festival

Volunteer with us for a half day at SW4 festival on Clapham Common and enjoy the rest of the festival for free!

This is our second year running as charity of SW4 festival. Donations are collected (£3,000.00 last year!) on our behalf in exchange for us manning water stations. We’re looking for a team of volunteers to man the water stations for a half day, filling guests’ water bottles up. Once your shift is finished, you’ll be able to enjoy the festival for free. 

Role: Festival Volunteer
Time: 11:00am-5:00pm, 4:00pm-8:00pm.
Where: Clapham Common
Contact: Emma Gardiner. emma@mind-yourself.co.uk

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

July and August
Westminster Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

If you are interested in working with children and like working with people, then this opportunity is for you!

Libraries get very busy in the summer holidays, dealing with all the children who sign – up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Hundreds of young people were involved in volunteering across the country during last year’s Summer Reading Challenge - this year we’d love you to be one of them! 

Role: Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer
Where: Westminster
Contact: Rachel Barrett, rbarrett1@westminster.gov.uk, 020 7641 4319

July and August
Front of House at The Kings Head Theatre

The Kings Head Theatre in Islington need volunteer ushers to help on our box office! We have shows on Monday – Sunday that start at 7.15pm and finish by 9.30pm. We ask our ushers to arrive by 6.15pm to make sure the auditorium is ready for our audiences and then they will assist the box office manager, taking tickets, selling ice creams and programmes and giving general assistance to our patrons and be able to watch the show for free! Having ushers really makes a difference to the experience of our audiences and we would be incredibly grateful if you would come and join us!

Role: Volunteer Usher
Time: Monday - Sunday shifts usually 6.15-9.45 we recommend one shift a week
Where: 115 Upper street, Islington, N1 1QN
Contact: Louisa Davis, Louisa.davis@kingsheadtheatre.com

July and August
Maths On Toast Summer Events

This summer in Camden – we’ll be making mathematical sculptures, colouring patterns and even singing about maths. We need people to support families with the activities! You might be chatting, colouring, holding sticky tape or figuring out how to construct a mathematical form from drinking straws. Either way, our volunteers tell us they enjoy themselves and our visitors find it inspiring to meet them.

Role: Activity helper
Where: Community centres in the London Borough of Camden
Contact: Alexandra Fitzsimmons – alexandra@mathsontoast.org.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