Our Student-Led Volunteering Programme exists to give you the chance to turn your bright ideas into projects that have a real impact on the lives of other Londoners. We provide students with regular support and guidance, project management training, and you can apply for up to £750 to help with running costs. Your ideas don’t have to be fully worked out – we can help with that bit too.
We know things will be different this year with COVID-19, but there's more reason now, than ever, to get involved and support your local communities during this time of need. We're currently supporting students to deliver their projects both in-person and online- so don't worry if you're not based in London at the moment, you can still join our programme by creating a remote project.
We supported students to adapt their ideas during the height of the pandemic, some notable examples include: the Amnesty International Volunteering Project which developed online educational lessons for young children; London COVID-19 Care Central's work on publishing informative and reliable content about the pandemic on social media; and Art Without a Home & Double Exposure's online exhibition showcasing the art and photography produced by their beneficiaries experiencing homelessness.
We're keen to help students adapt and deliver their ideas safely and successfully so just get in touch if you have any questions!
- If you are interested in starting a new Student-Led Project, please complete this webform.
- If you are interested in being a Charity Ambassador or fundraising for a charity, you can find out more about the support we provide here.
- To get some inspiration, browse our directory of existing projects
- If you've any questions or would like more information, email the Student-Led Projects Team
- Also, you might like to check out our Frequently Asked Questions and watch these films about setting up and running projects.
Project Leader Training
We also provide training to help you get the most out of the experience of running your own project. Our online workshop covers project planning, evaluation, building links with community organisations, recruiting & managing volunteers and safe volunteering.
We aim to equip you with fundamental leadership and management skills to plan, deliver and monitor your projects successfully - you'll be able to show-off this knowledge when you enter the world of work too!
Tip: Employers love to see that students have taken up additional training to develop their leadership skills - that's why we also provide certification when you complete our training.
Apply for Funding
You can apply for up to £750 to run your project - in addition, your travel costs (and those of your volunteers) will be covered by the Volunteering Service.
Please note: all activities must be conducted within our COVID-19 volunteering guidelines, our Student-Led Projects can currently only deliver remotely.
For Current Project Leaders
You can access your Student-Led Project webpage here.
What students say about Student-Led Volunteering
"I'd always had big volunteering dreams, but I never could have realised them without the support of the Volunteering Service. Thank you for helping me bring smiles to so many children and UCL volunteers and giving me the confidence to believe my dreams could become reality!"
Jess French, Roots & Shoots Project
“My planning and organization skills were greatly improved! I have also gained invaluable knowledge and patience on working with teenagers!”
Khafil Animashaun, Book Club
“Leading the Language Skills Pool Project allowed me to join my passion for languages with a wonderful opportunity to help local communities. It is definitely worth all the effort!”
Kasia Leszczynska, Language Skills Pool