For many UCL students, the turn of the year is a chance to take stock and make some changes. Want to be better connected with other people? Looking to improve your wellbeing, or get some new insights to enrich your degree? Perhaps develop some new skills or boost that CV of yours? Or just get to know London better and make a difference to others?
Growing numbers of UCL students are signing up for community volunteering as a way to achieve goals like these – enquiries to our Volunteering Service reached record levels last term. And it’s never too late to get involved – we’re already getting lots of enquiries in January as students put their New Year’s resolutions into action.
How to get started
Why not have a browse of our online Opportunities Finder? It’s got around 300 different volunteering roles around London and online, with plenty of flexible roles that you can fit around your studies.
There’s even an option to set up and run your own community project – with support, training and funding from our Student-led Volunteering team.
And as part of our January 2022 Welcome events, we're running two online talks giving more detail on how to get involved:
What do other UCL students say?
Kirsty Goodman, a volunteer with Age UK Camden, told us, “I am particularly grateful for the training I have received and regular weekly check ins with my volunteer coordinator, who has been so welcoming and conscious of the volunteers' wellbeing too, so I feel reassured knowing whenever I have any queries I can go straight to her for guidance.”
Sebastian Rudden, who volunteers with Action Tutoring, said, “It feels very rewarding, it enhances your skills, allows you to meet new people, see new places and contribute to something important to you.
Kleoniki Theodoridou volunteers online with British Red Cross’s Missing Maps project. She told us “Volunteering made me truly understand that you can make a difference to the lives of others, it makes you feel that you are a valued part of a team, and it can boost your skills in your academic and professional life.”