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Volunteering can build character and expand horizons. And it can also make a world of difference to the organisations you support.

We asked a few of our partners what UCL volunteers meant to them.  If you’d like to feature your organisation here drop Sarah Boddy a line!

KEEN London

“UCL volunteers have consistently joined our team of volunteer coaches at KEEN London, supporting children with disabilities at sessions on the weekends.” - Will Grant

Just Like Us

“This year our UCL volunteers have gone into schools across London, discussing their experiences of growing up LGBT+ with kids ages 11 - 18. For LGBT+ kids in classrooms and assemblies, a UCL volunteer is someone to relate to, showing them they won’t always need to feel worried, afraid or alone. For other kids in the room, our volunteers humanise what it is to be lesbian, bisexual, gay and/or transgender. A huge thank you to our UCL volunteers, who embody the positivity in diversity and teach kids to do the same.” – Taz Rasul

Holborn Community Centre

“Lydia volunteers for our befriending scheme visiting Maria - an isolated older woman - every week, providing friendship and a link to the wider community. Sometimes Lydia and Maria cook together, but often they just chat, sometimes discussing politics and sometimes talking about Maria’s childhood and upbringing in rural Spain. Maria says of her relationship with Lydia “She’s like my granddaughter. When I know she’s coming it really lifts my spirits”” Kate Blackshaw

UCLH Charity

“UCL Volunteers are an invaluable addition to our Hospital. Not only do they take on a huge range of roles – everything from shopping for patients with limited mobility, right through to providing live music in our public areas – but they do so with compassion, dedication and energy. Thank you for your continued enthusiasm, from everyone here at UCLH.” – Owain Rees

CARIS Camden Families

“Our UCL volunteers are of huge value to us - they make up our largest cohort of volunteers from any one organisation we work with, and we simply couldn’t run our services without them!  CARIS Camden Families works to support homeless children and their parents living in hostels.  Whether they’re helping kids with their homework or getting involved in play at our after school club, our UCL volunteers support the children we work with compassion, energy and enthusiasm, and act as role models for the children, giving them precious one-to-one time and attention.  We are massively grateful to the UCL Volunteering Service - as a small charity with only three staff, you play a huge role in enabling us to deliver a quality service to the vulnerable families we work with.” – Rebecca Walker

North London Cares

“UCL volunteers have given their time, enthusiasm and skills to North London Cares this past year. From attending dance parties to playing in the band at a ceilidh to more than 60 people. They have brought smiles and conversation to many older neighbours over Camden and Islington. Thank you very much!” – Rosie Clewlow

Baytree Centre

“The UCL Volunteers are a joy to work with and to have on the team. Their enthusiasm, commitment and dedication are inspirational and we are so grateful for the time they give to Baytree.” – Rosanna Zach

Kentish Town City Farm

“The UCL volunteers are vital for the running of our large festivals & events for local people. They help with all sorts of things from arts & crafts, games & sports, through to photography & organising questionnaires. Without their help we would really struggle to find enough volunteers to have such amazing events!” – Gus Alston

Green Shoots Foundation

“Volunteers from UCL have been a huge asset for Green Shoots Foundation- primarily for fundraising roles but also events. Our aim is to engage motivated individuals who wish to gain some voluntary experience or purse a career in the third sector. This has certainly been the case with UCL volunteering services and we hope to carry on this positive work with them.” – Muneezay Jaffrey

London Chinese Community Association

“UCL volunteers have been an incredible support to the wider Chinese community in London - from the first UCL volunteers involved in research for our Parliamentary Report on Policing, to the annual Chinese New Year Celebrations, supporting a world class destination event which is the largest of its kind outside of China.” - Pek-San