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The Volunteering Service exists to connect UCL with London’s voluntary and community sector, primarily by engaging students in rewarding volunteering opportunities. We offer a volunteering brokerage, a student-led volunteering programme, organise events and help UCL departments connect their students with course-relevant volunteering opportunities.

We’re comprised of two teams – Partnerships and Student Led Projects, overseen by our Volunteering Manager. We also run the Community Research Initiative for postgraduate taught students at UCL.

Partnerships Team


Volunteering Partnerships Manager – Oliver Peachey

Oliver joined the Volunteering Service in 2010.  He is responsible for managing the Volunteering Service’s internal and external partnerships, ensuring systems are in place to connect UCL students and staff with opportunities in London’s voluntary and community sector, and overseeing communications with stakeholders.

Email oliver.peachey@ucl.ac.uk


Volunteering Partnerships Coordinator - Yasmin Gulay

Yasmin joined the Volunteering Service in September 2017.  She is responsible for supporting our internal and external partnerships, in particular overseeing our one off opportunities programme, arranging events such as the volunteering fairs, and managing communications with stakeholders.  Yasmin also manages our team of Promo Assistants and Photojournalists.

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Admin Team – Anjumon Ali, Vanessa Florio and Natasha Manacika

Anjumon, Vanessa and Natasha each work two days a week in our office.  They manage follow-up correspondence to students and our partners and administer our records.  They also play an active role in sourcing and generating content for our opportunities directories and working with volunteers to tell their stories.  You’ll be in contact with them as you engage with us to enquire about promotion, opportunities and what we offer as a service.

In addition to the core role, our Admin Assistants have distinct project remits –

Anjumon leads on the Lloyds Scholars Programme – providing regular mentoring, guidance and support to our 45 Lloyds Scholars who each need to complete 100 hours of community volunteering a year.

Vanessa leads on the One Off Programme, Service Events and provides wider project support to the Service – administering our one off programme, supporting our one off ambassador team, engaging students and partners with our social hackathons and providing events support for our Partnerships Coordinator.  Vanessa is also responsible for administering partnerships and placements for the Student Led Projects team.  She is also working directly with our Community Research Initiative for Students Manager to develop the initiative through 2020.

Natasha leads on Marketing & Administration – tracking engagement, KPI collation, overseeing the email account, creating and uploading content to our website, weekly targeted comms, social media posts and weekly newsletter collation.

They’re more than happy to advise on volunteering, DBS checks, the HEAR and take a lead role in monitoring our main volunteering@ucl.ac.uk account.

Email volunteering@ucl.ac.uk


Student Led Projects Team


Student Led Projects Manager – Cynthia Allen

Cynthia joined the Volunteering Service in 2013.  She is responsible for managing and developing the Volunteering Service’s successful programme of student-led volunteering, as well as supporting a caseload of student projects.

Email cynthia.allen@ucl.ac.uk

Student Led Projects Coordinator – Cyreeta Donaldson

Cyreeta joined the Volunteering Service in August 2018.  She is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the Volunteering Service’s successful programme of student-led volunteering, as well as supporting a caseload of student projects. 

Email c.donaldson@ucl.ac.uk


Student Led Projects Administrator – Nick Batley

Nick joined the Volunteering Service in November 2017.  He is responsible for supporting the Volunteering Service’s successful programme of student-led volunteering, as well as supporting the wider administrative workload of the team.

Email n.batley@ucl.ac.uk


Community Research Initiative for Students (CRIS)

Anne Laybourne

Anne is responsible for managing the Community Research Initiative for Students (CRIS). A new service since November 2018, CRIS seeks to encourage engaged research between the communities within which UCL sits and its academics. This is done through supporting masters students to collaborate during their dissertations with community partners.

Email a.laybourne@ucl.ac.uk



Volunteering Manager – John Braime

John has been manager of the service since it was set up in 2002. He’s responsible for managing the team and reporting back to UCL and Students’ Union UCL about what we’ve been up to. He also leads on planning and strategy,  and liaises with other UCL departments about potential new areas of work.

Email j.braime@ucl.ac.uk