Volunteering changed my time at UCL

4 December 2020

Volunteering is a rewarding way to spend your time, develop your skills, expand your horizons and make a difference. Here’s an account of how one undergraduate student’s volunteering experience and how it helped positively impact her mental health.

Girl writing notes into her book

Over the past year, more than 2000 students have volunteered through Students’ Union UCL’s Volunteering Service. 

We’ve got loads of amazing stories on our webpages; here’s one student’s perspective on how their volunteering made a difference. 

Zayna Dar is a first-year Comparative Literature student and has been volunteering with Good News Shared – here’s an excerpt from her volunteering story: 

I am currently volunteering as an article writer for Good News Shared, a website dedicated to spreading positivity and goodwill through uplifting human-interest stories about charitable acts of kindness. 

I discovered the article writing role at Good News Shared through UCL’s online volunteering directory, where over 300 active volunteering opportunities have been posted." 

“I like that Good News Shared strives to be a beacon of positiviy that shines a light on the good happening in the world and motivates others to foster positive change in their own communities and beyond." 

"By sharing uplifting content and promoting a more optimistic view of the world, I hope that I have made a small but significant difference in the lives of our readers, who wake up to a healthy does of positivity every morning."

"Volunteering at Good News Shared has also helped to improve my wellbeing as it has given me an outlet to exercise my creativity and it serves as a useful reminder of all the good that is happening in the world."

"I am a firm believer that volunteering works wonders for your wellbeing. It can reduce stress, combat feelings of isolation, and engaging in meaningful activities and helping others can provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment which helps to improve your mental health. Who doesn't love a free mood booster?"

 Zayna Dar, UG Comparative Literature student   

Every opportunity you find through us provides training and travel expenses. All of our partner organisations have signed up to our service standards, guaranteeing your protection and support when you start to volunteer. 

We’ll be available during Welcome Week and hosting virtual fairs for you to meet our partner charities digitally, so even if you're studying remotely, you'll still be able to get involved. 

Keep up to date with all things volunteering on our social media channels: 

Facebook – UCL Volunteering Service 
Twitter - @UCLVolunteering 
Instagram - @studentsunionucl 

And check out our guidance on how to start your volunteering journey today. 

Last revised: 3 July 2023.