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VegSoc: Online action party

Tuesday 6 October 202018.00 to 20.00

"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.

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.

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

Mel Ozkan

''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.

"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.

"You meet the kindest and most compassionate people, and see your ideas impact the community around you."

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Jo-yee Yap is a 3rd year Economics student who has volunteered this year as Project Leader of The After School Crew.

'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.

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

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.

2017 - A Year in Profiles

As a service, we’ve always looked to recognise student volunteering, both through our annual awards ceremony, and our Student Stories Series.

“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.

Volunteering for Postgrads

Here at the Volunteering Service we’re keen to make volunteering open to everyone at UCL. We realise that postgrads don’t always find it easy to get involved - and so we’ve done out best to take away the barriers.

Making an Impact with a new Student-Led Project!

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Impactive volunteers with one of the many people they work with

Volunteering Awards Ceremony 2018

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On Friday 25 May, we held our annual Volunteering Awards Ceremony, a chance to celebrate all the fantastic work our volunteers have done throughout the year.

"While helping out my community I was also able to hone my problem solving and team work skills!"

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.

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

Fun times with the Fun Team

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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. 

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