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.
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
Somers Town Community Centre, London, NW1 1EE
Contact: Shaun Dixon, Camden@goodgym.org, 0203 432 3920
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
Contact: For Tuesday and Thursday Conservation Projects: Paul, email@example.com, 07887 624866. For Haringey Green Gym: Jacqui, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07740899 682
For International Women’s Day Calthorpe Project is holding a fun day full of performance, jewellery making workshops, hat decorating, henna hand painting and more.
We will be serving food so we are looking for about 6 volunteers to help with food preparation in advance and clearing up at the end. Lunch and refreshments will be given.
Role: International Women’s Day Event Volunteer
Time: 11am – 3pm
Calthorpe Project, WC1X 8LH
Contact: Gaven Duffy, email@example.com, 0207 837 8019
St John’s Hospice, an independent charity located within the hospital of St John’s and St Elizabeth in St John’s Wood, provides specialised palliative care to more than 2,000 terminally-ill patients and their families every year.
We need volunteers to help run one of our monthly in-store Sainsbury’s events. We are very lucky to have the support of Sainsbury’s on Finchley road who allow us to host a fundraising collection there once a month.
Your duties will include:
- Manage an Information Stand
- Hand out flyers and leaflets
- Bag pack
- Collection donations at till points
Role: In-Store Fundraising Volunteer
Time: 12.00- 2.00pm
Sainsbury, Finchley Road
Contact: Katherine France, firstname.lastname@example.org ,020 7806 4011
**Please note this event is repeated on the following Fridays:11 April, 9 May, 6 June, 11 July
Anthony Nolan the Blood Cancer charity are seeking volunteers who are looking for first hand events experience. We are looking for Event Marshals for our Marrowthon cancer curing fun run in Regents Park.
Marshals will be placed along the event course in pairs and will be responsible for directing runners on the course and ensuring runners are safe at all times. All marshals will be sent a full event day briefing and will attend a briefing on the morning of the event. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience working at a high profile charity running event and meet and work with like minded people and the Anthony Nolan Events Team.
To register as an Event Marshal please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M8M7RHW
Role: Event Marshal
Time: 8.30am – 1.30pm
Regent’s Park London
Endometriosis UK are hosting an exciting awareness raising walk through Kensington Gardens. We’d love to hear from UCL students who would be keen to act as Events Marshals on the day. Volunteers will be involved in a number of tasks including meeting and greeting participants, giving directions along the walk route and helping to register participants.
Role: The Million Woman March Marshalls
Time: 11am and 3pm
Kensington Gardens, London
Contact: Emma Bray, email@example.com, 0207 222 2781
Breast Cancer Care been granted two unique opportunities to hold a bucket collection at Liverpool Street Station (Thursday 13th March) and Crystal Palace FC, prior to their Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday 29th March, and we need your help!
Whether you have just an hour to spare or the whole day, please join our Bucket Brigade and help us in our efforts to support those affected by breast cancer.
We’ll provide the t-shirts and buckets, all you need to do is bring yourself and a willing arm to carry a bucket!
Role: Bucket Brigade Collection Volunteer
Thursday 13th March- Liverpool Street Station, Friday 29th March- Crystal Palace Football Ground
Contact: John Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marsden March is a 14-mile or a 5-mile sponsored walk between The Royal Marsden hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton. Over the last three years this event has raised an amazing £3.25 million to support cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and care, and this years March will be the biggest yet, with 5,000 supporters taking part to raise
funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
There are many different volunteer roles. You could help with such as registering walkers at the start, welcoming and encouraging them at the checkpoints, providing support as a cyclist along the route, or working with our team at the finish line. Refreshments will be provided and all volunteers must be over 18.
To get involved sign up by completing the following form: http://azevents.wufoo.eu/forms/volunteer-at-themarsden-march-2014/
Role: The Marsden March Volunteer
Time: 8am – 6pm
The event starts at the Royal Marsden in Chelsea and finishes at their hospital in Sutton
Contact: A-Z Events Volunteer Team, email@example.com, 0203 176 0960
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
Stephen’s House & Gardens (formerly Avenue House), Finchley Central
Contact: Hilary Jarvis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 8349 3854
**Please note this event is repeated on the third Sunday of each month, with upcoming dates including: 20th April, 18th May and 15th June**
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
Contact: Gemma Unwin at or 0207 974 5633
**Interested individuals are asked to contact Gemma prior to attending the event, and to provide contact information e.g. mobile number**
**Please note the event is repeated on Thursday 17th April Easter Bonanza**
We are looking for fun, outgoing people to help with collections at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge Stadium on Saturday 22nd March from 12 -3pm.
You will be part of a great team of people raising money and awareness for Right To Play, the world’s leading Sport for Development charity and Chelsea FC’s official charity partner.
Chelsea collections are always loads of fun, with an amazing atmosphere so please do invite any friends or colleagues along, the more the merrier!
Role: Bucket Collector
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Contact: Kathryn Roche, 0203 574 4625
Sustain; the alliance for better food and farming will be hosting a BIG Dig mass volunteering day at wonderful food growing spaces across the whole of Greater London.
We need volunteers to help groups running community food gardens to prepare for the new growing season. Tasks will include clearing ground, planting and building raised beds.
When: Times vary
Where: Lots of gardens across the whole of Greater London. Go to www.bigdig.org.uk/london to view a map of all participating gardens. Enter your postcode to find your nearest participating garden.
Contact: Eloise Dey, Eloise@sustainweb.org, 020 7065 0902
Prostate Cancer UK are fortunate to be The Football League’s official charity partner for 2013 and 2014. This fantastic partnership means we’re able to fundraise at all 60 Football League grounds during March and April 2014, as well as have a presence at a number of Cup Final games at Wembley Stadium from March to May 2014 which include the Capital One Cup Final and all three Play Off Finals. We need an army of bucket shakers at each of the stadiums before kick off to help collect money and raise awareness amongst fans. Please take a look at the following link to find the list of fixtures and to register as a volunteer: http://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer-football
Role: Football League Fundraiser
Various locations around London including: Wembley Stadium, QPR FC Stadium, Millwall FC Stadium, Watford FC Stadium to name a few
Contact: Anneka Jung, email@example.com
The Easter Fayre is one of St John’s largest events in the calendar year. We need lots of volunteers to help manage and co-ordinate the fayre on the day. Duties include:
- Helping to set up and clear away
- Manning stalls and children’s rides
- Managing the BBQ and Bar area
- Managing information stands
- Stewarding visitors
- Collecting Donations
The fayre will be open to the public from 11am – 5pm and visitors will be able to enjoy 50 independent stalls, children’s rides, a meet and greet with Peppa Pig, seasonal food and drink and also live entertainment. It promises to be a great day, full of fun!
Role: Easter Fayre Volunteer
Time: 4 shifts: 8am – 11am (help to set up), 11am – 2pm, 2pm – 5pm, 5pm – 7pm (Help to clear away)
St John’s Hospice
UCL’s new Global Citizenship Volunteering Programme 2014
The Global Citizenship Programme is a two-week academy for future voluntary sector leaders and the next generation of top professionals
This term, the VSU is launching “GC Volunteering”, a two-week academy for future voluntary sector leaders and others who embrace the challenge of solving complex local and global problems using skill and ingenuity. It runs after summer exams (2 – 13 June 2014). GC Volunteering includes a taught element within UCL, with the assumption of no prior knowledge of the voluntary sector, and a team placement in a London charity. All second and final year undergraduates are eligible.
To learn more about GC Volunteering, please go to www.uclu.org/gcvolunteering (and join the mailing list!) or email Taz Rasul (Volunteering Development Coordinator for the Global Citizenship Programme) on firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing list is already open and programme registration begins at the end of February 2014
NB: No one will be able to register to participation in the Global Citizenship Programme until the end of February. That’s one reason why students should join the mailing list in the meantime – so they don’t miss the opportunity to get onto the programme when it arises.
24th February - 2nd March
Student Volunteering Week
Student Volunteering Week (SVW) is a nationwide celebration of student volunteering, which has traditionally taken place each spring. Now in its 13th year, SVW brings together organisations from all sectors to promote and celebrate the volunteering efforts of students across the Universities and Colleges in the UK.
SVW 2014 will combine local campus focused events and campaigns with a national media profile and high-level events. We will be celebrating the positive difference that students have made, and continue to make, on campus and in their communities – wherever they might be.