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National Student Volunteering Week runs from Monday 8 – Friday 12 February and across the UK universities are celebrating the invaluable contributions that volunteers make.

This year more than any is a time to recognise the impact students at UCL have made through volunteering. We have seen large numbers of students coming forward to offer support to community organisations in need and whilst transitioning to more virtual forms of volunteering hasn’t been without it’s challenges, you have shown that In times of isolation being a part of a community is just a click away.

Jump straight to all volunteering opportunities! 

In celebration of all you have been doing we are showcasing just a few of your recent volunteering stories below.

Alessia was selected to record a podcast for the #MadetAtUCL with the topic of touch, the podcast explores ways of keeping in touch with those that need it the most. Hear Alessia talk her personal reach from online volunteering during the pandemic, and read about Alessia’s experience of volunteering with Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, teaching Spanish to older people.

Besides all the skills you can develop and the training for your professional path, volunteering can bring you fresh, memorable, and valuable life experiences.

Age UK Kensington and Chelsea are currently looking for volunteers in various roles - from dancing, drawing, meditation to origami! Find out how to get involved here

Lilyann, a MSc Health Psychology student has been volunteering during the pandemic to support with the NHS vaccine rollout. In an article with the I News Lilyann discusses why volunteering has been rewarding. if you are interested in to supporting the effort to vaccinate the general public, St Johns Ambulance are currently recruiting volunteers as part of the University College London unit - get involved here!

Since I moved to the UK in September last year, London is my new home and I thought I should continue to give back to my local community.

Lilyann also participated in our Social Hackathon last November - working with other UCL volunteers Lilyann developed a digital entrepreneurial programme for charity partner Business Education Events, hear her story here. 

Our Social Hackathons have supported partners to directly solve problems. During the pandemic we have held 10 online hackathons, with students giving their time over 1 jam-packed Zoom day. Read all about them here and make sure to sign up to our newsletter to find out when our next series is taking place!

 

Whether you have been providing continuous support in a volunteer role, have undertaken a one-off project, are working with one of our student-led projects or joined a social hackathon – Thank you! 

Want to get involved? View all our current volunteering opportunities on our directory and sign up to our weekly newsletter to hear about new roles and events!