We're so excited to be welcoming over 40 charity recruiters on to campus to talk to you about their volunteering opportunities.
Read about who's coming below and have a think about the questions you could ask our passionate stallholders on the day.
Thursday 19 January - Stallholders in the Cloisters
Action Tutoring is a national education charity that supports disadvantaged young people to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment. This enables them to go on to progress in education, employment or training. Partner with us as a volunteer tutor, either in-person or online, to support primary and secondary school pupils to increase their subject knowledge, whilst building on confidence and study skills.
Afghanistan and Central Asian Association
The Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) is a small but successful Afghan organisation founded in 2001 by Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi, a refugee who arrived in the UK with his young children in 1999. The family all work on a voluntary basis to support the grievances and needs of refugees in London and to help integrating them into mainstream British Society. We are thus focused heavily on the social integration and social mobility of refugees and migrants, as well as empowering Afghan citizens back home in Afghanistan.
Age UK Westminster
Age UK Westminster exists to promote the well-being of older people in the City of Westminster and help make life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience within their local community. Similarly to our Islington and Kensington & Chelsea peers we offer various services and activities for the over 60 population in Westminster. Volunteering opportunities range from Befriending to escorting people to GP appointments or teaching languages to keep the mind fresh.
Bishop Creighton House
Bishop Creighton House is a community centre established over 100 years ago that aims for its beneficiaries to have a sense of well-being and independence, working together for the benefit of all. Bishop Creighton House aims to tackle the problems caused by social isolation and disadvantage. We do this by developing and providing programmes that offer practical solutions and emotional support for the people of west London. We have several community projects and we're particularly keen on UCL students applying to volunteer to get involved in our Keep Active Hammersmith & Fulham project.
Brightside is a Digital Outreach organisation - we use digital mentoring to overcome barriers of geography and connect young people with inspirational role models so that they can make confident and informed decisions about the future. We work in partnership with universities, schools, business and charities to offer digital forms of support. In addition to our digital mentoring, we produce digital information, advice and guidance via our Bright Knowledge platform and run online talks facilitated by our volunteers.
Calthorpe is a 1.2 acre community garden near Kings Cross. We provide a wide range of services for local people including volunteering opportunities in our garden and food growing/closed loop project, early years, weekend activities for young people and a range of educational projects throughout the year. We are currently looking for community gardeners. This involves general maintenance of the garden, assisting the garden ranger with jobs such as composting, weeding, pruning, painting, collecting rubbish.
Carers UK's mission is to make life better for carers. We provide information and advice on caring, help carers connect with each other, campaign with carers for lasting change, and use innovation to improve services.
Chiswick House and Garden Trust
Chiswick House was built in 1729 and is one of Georgian Britain’s keynote architectural statements. Designed by its owner Richard Boyle (Lord Burlington) in collaboration with the multi-talented designer William Kent, the house was conceived as an aesthetic manifesto, gallery and place for entertaining. Our objective is to advance education by the preservation, restoration and enhancement of this Grade I listed villa and registered Grade I gardens, for the benefit of the public and of the historical and architectural heritage of England.
CoachBright works with disadvantaged secondary school pupils to help them challenge for top universities. We match pupils with a university student who provides subject specific coaching across a 10 week programme, improving their grades, confidence and work ethic. We are on a mission to tackle educational disadvantage in the UK and create independent and resilient learners.
Decoded: Changing Life Trajectories CIC
Decoded: Changing Life Trajectories CIC delivers tailored growth mindset and personal development programmes, to secondary school aged young people. We believe in equipping young people with the tools needed to change their own life outcomes. Are you a good role model with a positive mindset? Do you enjoy working with young people? Join the Decoded team as a Youth Mentor and help to give young people the tools to develop a growth mindset and safe space for them to express themselves.
DKMS UK (The Foundation for Donating Life), is part of a global family of organisations that started in Germany in 1991 around one family's search for a donor. Despite being treatable and potentially curable, blood cancer today remains the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the UK, and still claims the lives of more children in the UK than any other disease. We launched in the UK in February 2013 with a key mission to increase the pool of lifesaving blood stem cell donors. DKMS has grown to become the world's largest stem cell donor centre. Today over 7.5 million potential donors have registered and over 64,000 stem cell donations have taken place, to give all these people a second chance of life. We work towards achieving our mission by raising awareness and empowering people to register, as well as campaigning in communities, schools, Universities and companies.
Doorstep Library is a community-focused charity dedicated to bringing the magic of books and the joy of reading directly into the homes of children across London who need our support. We use books to fuel children’s natural love of stories, fire their imaginations, and encourage their appreciation of reading. Our unique home-based service means we are there in person or online, finding the most appropriate books for every child we visit and building a relationship with the whole family. Our projects not only improve literacy and confidence in children, but also increase family wellbeing and bonding through the joy of sharing stories. Our volunteers encourage both parents and children to read for pleasure together from a young age. This kind of tailored support enables us to help prepare children for school and broaden their opportunities in life.
English Heritage - Kenwood House
Kenwood House is a former stately home in Hampstead, London, on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. English Heritage champions our historic places and advises the Government and others to help today's generation get the best out of our heritage and ensure that it is protected for future generations. Our volunteers include friendly and enthusiastic people that help our visitors to understand and enjoy their visit to Kenwood House, and help us to bring this magnificent site to life.
Free to Be Kids
Free to Be Kids run crucial respite breaks for inner-city London's most disadvantaged children. Our breaks offer the opportunity for children to have fun, try new things, build their confidence and feel brave. The holidays are packed with nature and animal focused activities like kayaking down a river or den building in the forest. Without these breaks, many of these children wouldn't have a holiday and many have never seen the sea, been to a farm or had a bedtime story. These experiences stick in the children's minds for years afterwards and begin to help them see the world, and their place within it.
Friends Of Moorfields
Friends of Moorfields is a is a thriving and active member led charity which has been supporting patients and staff at Moorfields Eye Hospital for over 55 years. Our mission is: “To help a patient smile”. Among the main things we do is offering a diverse range of volunteer services to help patients navigate the hospital and support them on their patient journey.
Fulham Good Neighbours
Since 1966 Fulham Good Neighbours has supported older and disabled people in their homes and gardens, community and at our community centre, and now online. We support almost 500 older and disabled people a year, supported by over 100 local volunteers. Our projects include: Support in the Home and Garden via Decorating and DIY, Food to the Door, Online Gardening workshops, Befriending, Social Clubs and Digital Inclusion support. All of these services are provided to beneficiaries for free in a borough with above national and London average poverty levels.
I Have A Voice
I have a voice brings professionals from the political sphere to the classroom to equip young people with the tools and confidence to speak up on the issues that matter to them and their communities. We seek to encourage young people to consider a range of rewarding careers in politics and policymaking.
IntoUniversity offers a range of innovative programmes that support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration. Volunteering with us offers experience working with young people, access to high quality training and on-going support from our enthusiastic staff team, and a chance to build leadership and communication skills.
KEEN London support over 100 children, known as ‘athletes’, with a wide range of additional needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and global development delay. We provide free games and activity sessions with tailored support for children with additional needs and disabilities. At KEEN London our mission is to use fun and games to improve young people's wellbeing, personal, social and emotional development as well as broadening experiences.
Kith & Kids
Kith & Kids are a children's charity whose aim is to empower our members and their families to develop new skills, gain greater confidence and overcome social exclusion. Our members are young adults with autism and/or learning disabilities and we need volunteers to help them have lots of fun, and challenge themselves in a host of activities throughout the year! Our programme is diverse and we have an activity to suit the interest and availability of anyone - you can join on weekends, evenings, weekdays or university holidays.
The Literacy Pirates are an innovative educational charity supporting young people aged 9-13 to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance that will help them achieve both in school and the world beyond. As a volunteer, you'll be supporting the young people we work with (AKA the Young Pirates!) as they collaborate with professionals to publish their writing in the form of storybooks, studio recordings and films which are premiered in a local cinema.
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity. We provide frontline nursing and hospice care, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement. Now more than ever, we need your help to support people with a terminal illness and their families.
North London Cares
North London Cares is a community network of older and younger neighbours, sharing time, stories and skills across Camden and Islington, in an effort to reduce isolation and loneliness; improve wellbeing, confidence and resilience; and bridge social, generational, digital and cultural divides. London is an amazing city, full of opportunity and change, but for some of our older neighbours - particularly those who have lived in London their entire lives and seen it change beyond recognition - those changes can be isolating, and deepen feelings of anonymity and loneliness that are already synonymous with old age.
Otermans Institute (OI) is a social enterprise that donates its profits to the NHS and front-line services. It provides professional development and soft skills training support to some of the most disadvantaged students across 10 countries, mainly in Iraq, Nepal, Bangladesh and India. OI is also contracted with local governments and currently impacts 30,000+ pupils. On a separate front, OI works with Artificial Intelligence to provide a virtual teacher in places with low or no accessibility to teaching.
Over The Wall
Over The Wall is a charity that helps children, young people and their families, living in the UK, reach beyond the boundaries of their health challenges to discover a world of mischief, magic and new possibilities. We provide free of charge residential activity camps to children and young people aged 8-17 affected by serious illness and their families. These transformative activity camps throughout the UK create an inclusive environment where children and young people can be themselves, thrive and grow. We require a superb group of Volunteers to make this magic happen.
At ReachOut, we believe that with the right support every young person can reach their full potential. ReachOut is a mentoring charity working with children living in disadvantaged areas to raise aspirations, develop their character and build attainment. We improve self-confidence and develop Numeracy, Literacy, Communication and Memory Skills, whilst reinforcing our core character strenghts of Fairness, Self-Control, Good Judgement and Staying Power.
Resources for Autism
Resources for Autism is a charity that aims to improve the lives of children and adults who are diagnosed with autism; providing practical autism specific services and support to families. Our services include: Play and Youth Clubs Art and Music Therapy Adult Social Groups Reach Out( Home based Volunteers Support for Families) amongst other services.
Richmond AID is an organisation run by and for disabled people. We empower disabled people to achieve greater independence and choice by providing a range of services and support. We work to remove barriers identified by disabled people to support our vision of empowered disabled people living independently and participating fully and equally in society.
Ronald McDonald House Charities UK
Ronald McDonald House Charities UK (RHMC UK) provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with a child in hospital at one of our 12 Houses across the UK, 4 of which are based here in London. Our Houses are close to specialist paediatric hospitals, enabling families to be by their child’s bedside in a matter of moments as we appreciate that having a child in hospital is a frightening time for families.
Rugby Portobello Trust
Rugby Portobello Trust supports local young people to build their community by providing facilities, skills, activities and guidance that promote a stable society in a deprived area.
Salusbury World Refugee Centre
Salusbury World helps newly-arrived refugee and migrant children and families to navigate and succeed in society, and to feel supported and hopeful for the future. Refugees who arrive in the UK face many challenges in adjusting to their new environment; it’s difficult to navigate a new and unfamiliar social system, without a network of friends and families. Our work supports families to rebuild their lives and to achieve their personal ambitions.
Share works with disabled people who need extra help and support to realise their dreams and aspirations. We are a centre for learning and wellbeing for adults with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, and mental health needs. Our aim is to help people live independent, happy, and healthy lives, and make their own choices. We provide a holistic service, offering accredited training to help people move towards employment, and personal development courses to boost independence and help people feel more confident.
Soup & Sandwich Run
Soup & Sandwich Run involves a weekly soup and sandwich run to serve the homeless in the Euston area. We spend half an hour preparing foods like sandwiches and snacks for the homeless and around 1 hour distributing food along Tottenham Court Road. We aim to alleviate the worries of homeless people by providing them with not only food but a listening ear and also foster friendly relationships between volunteers.
St John's Ambulance
St John Ambulance is the UK's leading First Aid and ambulance charity. We are the student wing of St John Ambulance and we aim to provide students in Higher and Further Education with the chance to become or remain involved in St John Ambulance. As volunteer member of St John Ambulance you will be able to take training from first aider all the way up to ambulance level. Once qualified, you can provide first aid for many different events in London.
Team Up run a voluntary programme that trains exceptional role models to learn leadership and teaching skills through tutoring children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our tutors deliver weekly tuitions sessions to groups of 2-4 students, in either English or maths, to help meaningfully increase their academic attainment. As a Team Up tutor you'll receive training and have access to our Career Mentor Scheme.
The Sapphire Community Group
The Sapphire Community Group aims to equip young people to not only be their best version of themselves but also inspire them to have a genuine insight of what they would like to pursue in the near future The sole purpose of The Sapphire Foundation is to build people up. Moreover, to ensure that each individual finds what they are meant to do in life. We aim to provide a platform and pathway for young people all over the world find their callings
The Restart Project
The Restart Project is a people-powered social enterprise that aims to fix our relationship with electronics. Our Fixing Factory is located in Abbey Road Reuse and Recycling Centre. We are taking laptops which would have ended up as e-waste, refurbishing them and then donating the to people in the local community without access to tech.
The UCL Academy
The UCL Academy is a non selective secondary school located in Swiss Cottage in the London Borough of Camden, London and sponsored by University College London (UCL). It opened in September 2012 and recently reached full capacity as of Sept 2017. The academy is a unique "STEAM" specialist school and Mandarin is taught, among other foreign languages.
Tutor the Nation
Tutor The Nation is a charity that makes education fairer, one tutoring session at a time. We pair dedicated volunteers with disadvantaged state school pupils to provide free, online tuition with the aim of helping tutees to develop the skills and confidence they need to achieve their goals.
TutorMe is a student-led volunteering project supported by Enactus UK. Our project aims to provide academic support that connects UCL students with pupils (A-Levels or equivalent) from London schools and charities on a digital platform. Through online tutoring sessions, we aim to even the education playing field for 'underrepresented' groups such as young carers and students eligible for the government's free meal schemes. By offering free academic tutoring to disadvantaged pupils online once a week or on-demand, you can give support to pupils whose families otherwise cannot afford it.
UCL Marrow work alongside the charity Anthony Nolan to help save the lives of people with blood cancer by signing people onto the stem cell register. For various reasons, young people like us make the best donors – with a real chance of saving a life. That’s why it’s important we do the work we do. Our goals are: 1. To raise awareness of the importance of signing onto the register at UCL. 2. Sign students between the ages of 16-30 onto the stem cell register. 3. Fundraise for Anthony Nolan as signing people onto the register costs the charity a total of £40 per person. 4. Bust myths! People often think this is a painful process (not true!) and unaware that there’s a 1 in 100 chance they would ever donate.
Volunteers for Future
Volunteers for Future is a not-for-profit social enterprise that focuses all our time, people and resources on having a positive impact for conservation, climate change and animal welfare. Our vision is to help young people feel inspired, empowered and better informed through increasing their access to conservation education. We work in partnership with the best conservation organisations to boost their educational outreach - through our amazing volunteers we’re able reach young people in their communities throughout the UK.