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UCL Student volunteering - the year in pictures

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It’s been another busy year of student volunteering here at UCL, with around 2100 students giving their time to projects in communities

Why volunteer?

Why is volunteering so important?

You’ve already got a full diary, with lectures, revision, exams, nights out and activities. Why add another thing to your list?  Volunteering doesn’t just help others. It makes you feel better too and enriches your time here in London.

Here are just four reasons to volunteer:

“We want to provide students with a toolkit for making a difference”

Seren John-Wood is a final-year Arts and Sciences student, and the project leader of the brand new student-led volunteering project Disruptista. She came in to the office to talk to us about why she started the project, their goals, and the people she’s met already.

Festive Volunteering!

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The holidays are coming!  We can almost smell the Christmas pudding. 

“I just think that gives an opportunity very different to what you’d get in UCL; the opportunity to meet someone with a completely different age, perspective, or worldview”

Matthew Appleton is a second year BSc Geography student, and a volunteer befriender for Holborn Community Association. HCA work to reduce isolation and loneliness by offering a variety of activities and services to local people.

To get us started, tell us a little about your volunteering. What kind of things did you do, how long did you do them for, and how often did you do them?

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Volunteering Awards Ceremony 2017

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On Tuesday evening, UCLU Volunteering Services Unit held their annual Awards Ceremony and thanked the thousands of UCL volunteers who have

"I think it’s just the feeling you get with volunteering, there’s nothing else you can really do to get that feeling"

Tara Nelson is in her first year studying BASc. Arts and Sciences. She volunteered for Action Against Hunger and UCL’s Dance Society, where she participated in a charity showcase.  Action Against Hunger ran a 100 volunteer strong event at Borough Market in November 2017, raising money to help global efforts to eradicate food hunger. She is also a Lloyd Scholar, and is involved in numerous community volunteering projects as part of the scholarship programme. 

Summer Volunteering 2018

Summer’s here, and it’s time to get volunteering! 

We’ve moved our summer volunteering information to our Level Up pages

Please visit us at http://studentsunionucl.org/volunteering/levelup/volunteer-now to find out about what’s on offer, including training and networking events.

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"I am considering to work in the Charity sector after I graduate, so this gave me a great insight."

Our Social Hackathons programme ran throughout Reading Week in November. Through these events, UCL students collaborated with local charities and community organisations to help solve their most pressing issues.

"The team of volunteers is amazing – they want to teach you, they want to involve you"

Ilaria Gimondi is a Chemical Engineering PhD candidate, and volunteers at the Science Museum in Kensington, in the Information Age Gallery. She spoke to Nick Batley and Jenny Murphy about her experiences volunteering at one of the city’s most iconic museums.

Tell us a little bit about what you do, how long you’ve been doing it, and how many days a week you do it.

Fundraising and Ambassador Groups

Our Fundraising and Ambassador Groups are an integral part of our programme, and give our volunteers an opportunity to promote and support the work of the charity they support.

“It’s such a good opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds”

Sarah Wong is a medical student, who is intercalating in Medical Anthropology, and volunteers as a Mentor at the Refugee Therapy Centre in Holloway. She came into the Volunteering Services office, and was interviewed by Jenny Murphy and Nick Batley about this amazing role, volunteering with refugees.

To get us started, tell us a little about your volunteering. What kind of things did you do, how long did you do them for, and how often did you do them?

"Volunteering really gave me a chance to be a ‘kid’ again, and spend time with genuine, hard-working volunteers and campers!"

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Melike Ozkan, in her first year studying Medicine, volunteered at Over The Wall as a ‘Camp Teammate Volunteer’ for a week during the holidays. Over The Wall provides free of charge residential activity camps to children and young people aged 8-17 affected by serious illness, and their families. 

''It’s useful to think of maths as a tool. You don’t have to like mathematics, but it will help you a lot in the future and present''

Liluo Yan is an MSc Global Prosperity student and a Volunteer Tutor at Action Tutoring. Action Tutoring is a national education charity that supports young people facing socio-economic disadvantage to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment. Their tutoring programme supports Primary and Secondary School Children, helping them gain confidence and attainment in academic subjects to help them in later life.

"The Social Hackathon allowed me to look at volunteering from a completely new perspective. "

Our Social Hackathons programme ran throughout Reading Week in November. Through these events, UCL students collaborated with local charities and community organisations to help solve their most pressing issues.

'I’ve enjoyed the idea that we can run a charity project that has tangible impacts around London whilst working with fellow students'

Adam McGee is a Final Year BA History student and Project Leader for the Student-Led Project, Politeach. He is also a member of the Volunteering Service’s Think Tank, who make sure students have an active voice in how the service is run.

'It’s just a really positive atmosphere and a really good way to spend a day a week.'

Dan Hadary is a MSC Public Policy Student and a Data & Questionnaire Analyst Volunteer for Kingsgate Community Centre. Kingsgate offers a variety of social, educational, welfare and leisure activities in North West London, providing a source of much enjoyment and fun for local people.

Dan spoke to Nick Batley and Jenny Murphy from the Volunteering Service about his experiences as a Volunteer.

I always want to try out new things, so this was a great opportunity

Our Social Hackathons programme ran throughout Reading Week in November. Through these events, UCL students collaborated with local charities and community organisations to help solve their most pressing issues.

"Volunteering has helped me to become more confident and assertive when giving instructions or information to large groups of people."

Geraldine Asare-Darko is a recent graduate from the Institute of Education where she completed her Masters in Sociology of Education in 2016. She got in touch to tell us how volunteering with The African Community School during her time at UCL has helped in her current career.

"I honestly just really loved seeing them learn, and teaching children was great… I felt like I was really helping them out"

Fausta Gabola is in her third year studying BSc Human Sciences. She’s volunteered with Salusbury World Refugee Centre, where she helped out as a Homework Club Volunteer. Salusbury World Refugee Centre offers emotional and educational support to child refugees settled in the UK, and helps them adjust to UK Life.

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