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The Students’ Union UCL guide to volunteering

21 February 2020

The opportunities for volunteering at UCL are numerous, with a wide range of different roles, charities and commitments available. If you’re spoilt for choice, check out our article to get an idea on where to start.


You can browse our Volunteering Directory for the full list of oppotunities on offer – but here are a few suggestions to get you started.

If you'd like to help a child on their reading journey, volunteering with Bookmark is a great way to flexibly volunteer and instil confidence in a child’s reading abilities.

Or perhaps you might be interested in showing some support for your older neighbours by volunteering with Age UK Kensington & Chelsea. They hold some really fun one-off events, including an upcoming Bingo and Afternoon Tea on 6 March.

The Helen Bamber Foundation is a human rights charity in London and provides therapeutic care, medical consultation, legal protection and practical support to survivors of human rights violations. They are looking for Football Coach volunteers, Medical Advisory Service administrators, IT volunteers and Fundraising volunteers.

If you have a few days to spare in early April, Kith & Kids are looking for a volunteer for their Autism Development Project. You’ll be paired with one of their members with a learning disability or autism, and support and encourage them to take part in a wide range of activities, including sports, games, arts and crafts, drama, and music.

Centre 404 are holding a quiz night, so if you’re a pub quiz fanatic or want to get some experience in fundraising events, don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Another opportunity worth considering is at Art Without a Home, which provides people affected by homelessness weekly art workshops. They’re currently recruiting for volunteers to facilitate and lead the art sessions.

And finally – if you want to champion widening participation for young people, join the Atlas Advocacy Society project, where you'll work to inspire young people!