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With 53,000 hours wrapped under our belts in the last year, student volunteering in London communities is a major UCL pastime. Volunteering connects us to groups around the city, giving us the opportunity to know our neighbours, develop skills and improve our wellbeing.

UCLU Cheerleading Society running workshops for pupils at the UCL Academy
UCLU Cheerleading Society running workshops for pupils at the UCL Academy

No wonder UCL’s support for volunteering is amongst the best in the UK! New and returning students at UCL have a catalogue of ways to connect with Londoners outside of the university, such as:

one-off volunteering, which doesn’t require a regular commitment hundreds of regular volunteering roles in community organisations around the capital
around 70 student-led volunteering projects that are run by students in conjunction with non-profit organisations the end-of-year Global Citizenship Voluntary Sector Programme for those who want a more behind-the-scenes understanding of charities

The Volunteering Service is the department supporting thousands of students with their volunteering every year.

In supporting students, students need to be at the heart of what we do, we have a student advisory body, the Volunteering Service’s Think Tank.

VSU Think Tank

The Volunteering Service’s Think Tank will connect the UCL student body to the Volunteering Service, to examine issues related to student volunteering and the way UCL encourages and supports it. The Think Tank will meet 3-4 times per year to participate in forums centring on issues related to student volunteering. How can we encourage more men and postgraduate students to volunteer? How can we improve our marketing and branding?

Students meet

So, UCL students new and old: put your heads together for student volunteering!┬áThe Think Tank needs members with a range of experiences, from longstanding Volunteering Service users to those who have never volunteered through UCL; and students of all ages, genders and cultures. Being a part of the Think Tank will give you the chance to lead your own forums; to research, discuss and provide suggestions to a prominent UCL-Student Union department; and to meet others interested in student-community action.

We are hoping to recruit members for the Think Tank in October, and for members to have their first meeting in November. If you’re curious about participating this student advisory group, find out more here.

Learn more about the new Volunteering Service’s Think Tank
Find other ways to volunteer this year through the Volunteering Service
Plan your visit to one of our Volunteering Fairs this term