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LSE Volunteer Centre
Floor 5
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
1 Sheffield Street
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Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6519
Email: volunteer@lse.ac.uk
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Tuesdays 10-11am.
Fridays 2-4pm.
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LSE Volunteer Centre

Welcome to the LSE Volunteer Centre (part of LSE Careers).

We are here to help LSE students find a volunteering placement at a charity or not-for-profit organisation during your time studying at LSE. We can offer a range of volunteering opportunities for students to get involved in whether they have one hour or two days a week to spare.

We can offer a wealth of advice on volunteering in London and internationally and how you can make the best use of your opportunities to make a difference in the world and help gain new skills for your future careers.

Volunteering Fair 2015 – applications open

Charity applications are now open for the LSE Volunteering Fair. When: Tuesday 29 September, 5:30-8:30pm Where: Senior Common Room, Old Building, Houghton Street, LSE Cost: Free Applications close: 6 September 2015 The fair is aimed at facilitating contact between charities and LSE students who are interested in volunteering. The fair is at the beginning of the academic year when interest in extra-curricular activities Read more...

Small Charity Week 2015

From 15-20 June The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) is hosting ‘Small Charity Week’, an initiative to support small charities all over the UK. Below, the FSI explains two ways to get involved and support their work: Run your own fundraising night! We are calling on students to run a fundraising night for Small Charity Week 2015. To run a Small Charity Week Read more...

One-off volunteering: making hay in Ham

On Wednesday 3 June, a group of LSE staff and students headed out of the city and volunteered to clear historic avenues in Ham, Richmond. This ambitious and unique project was a collaboration between Ham House (National Trust), Thames Landscape Strategy and Operation Centaur. The avenues that the LSE volunteers worked on are some of the last remaining 17th century avenues in the Read more...

Jacqueline Ting – LSE Volunteer of the Year 2015

We were delighted to award Jacqueline Ting with the LSE Volunteer of the Year award at the LSE Volunteers celebratory event on 12 May. Jacqueline has shown a huge amount of dedication to volunteering, especially at the Eaves Project, over the past year. We caught up with her to see how she felt about the award and what she would say to Read more...

LSE Volunteers 2015

On 12 May the LSE Volunteer Centre and LSE SU RAG Society hosted their annual event to celebrate volunteering and fundraising at LSE. Over 80 people attended representing the student body, LSE Students’ Union, various parts of the School and charities that have recruited students over the past year as volunteers and fundraisers. The achievements of LSE students over the past year Read more...

Our vision is one where the LSE community makes a sustained and valued contribution to society through volunteering.

Our mission is to embed a culture of volunteering within the LSE community enabling students to engage with rewarding opportunities, facilitating their personal development whilst contributing to society.

We have the following six key aims:

1. Inspire students about volunteering and the positive affects it can have on their careers and other areas of life.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Share case studies from other LSE students and organisations highlighting the benefits of volunteering. 
  • Have a Student Volunteering Ambassadors team that will meet students at events, write blog entries and articles for The Beaver. 
  • Ensure that engaging literature is available on campus.
  • Run promotional campaigns on campus.

2. Educate the LSE community about volunteering and ensure they know where information and support can be found.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Keep an up to date blog and website with informative articles about volunteering.
  • Run 1-1 appointments with students.
  • Hold seminars and presentations about the “Why, When and How” of volunteering, including external presenters.
  • Work with departments to ensure they are aware of the Volunteer Centre and how to direct students there. 

3. Maintain and develop a diverse range of volunteering opportunities from a broad range of organisations.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Work with our partner organisations to ensure they post their volunteering opportunities on LSE CareerHub.
  • Run an annual volunteering fair to help introduce students to charities and their opportunities.
  • Listen to students and the type of opportunities that they want.
  • Assist students in leading their own volunteer involving projects.

4. Work in collaboration with other bodies and organisations both inside and out of LSE for mutual benefit.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Meet regularly with the various bodies at LSE that involve volunteers and/or the promotion of volunteering such as LSE SU, LSE SU RAG and Widening Participation.
  • Work with the Hutchinson Patrons to ensure excellent opportunities are available for LSE students.
  • Have procedures in place for when it is appropriate to refer students to other LSE departments and/or external organisations.

5. Measure the impact of LSE volunteers and celebrate their work.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Have an annual event celebrating the impact that LSE students make in the community through volunteering.
  • Publish an annual brochure with a series of case studies highlighting the volunteer work that LSE students have completed.
  • Present one LSE student with the annual ‘LSE Volunteer of the Year’ award.
  • Develop feedback mechanisms for both organisations and students to help measure impact that LSE students make.

6. Stay at the forefront of knowledge regarding volunteering and ensure best practice is championed with organisations we work with.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Actively participate in volunteering bodies such as WiSCV, Greater London Volunteering and Volunteering England/NCVO amongst others.
  • Participate in and share research on student volunteering.
  • Monitor changes in volunteer related legislation.
  • Refer organisations to best practice guidelines on recruiting and managing volunteers where appropriate.

Volunteer Mentoring with young refugees and migrants

Apply by: 1 Jul 2015

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

Salusbury WORLD is a small charity situated in North West London. We work with refugee and migrant children and families. We are looking for mentors to support newly arrived young people as part of a project we run at two London secondary schools.

Social Media Executive

Apply by: 3 Jul 2015

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

This marketing internship gives one motivated individual the opportunity to be heavily involved in all aspects of growing the social media footprint for UniLotto. This includes delivering sharp and innovating updates across our social media profiles and helping developing new content ideas,

Sea Turtle Conservation Project Volunteer

Apply by: 31 Dec 2015

Location: Athens Greece

Enthusiastic and committed volunteers wanted ARCHELON's sea turtle conservation projects in Greece. Zakynthos, Peloponnesus, Crete, Amvrakikos host major nesting areas for loggerhead turtle monitored by ARCHELON, an environmental NGO for over 30years also with a Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Athens.

Gap Year Social Care Volunteers

Apply by: 16 Jun 2017

Location: Various locations nationwide United Kingdom

Full-time gap year placements in the UK in social and health care settings. Placements for 6-12 months with free accommodation and subsistence. Placements in special needs schools, homeless shelters, day centres, mentoring projects, respite care and helping individuals with disabilities.

Group Reminiscence volunteer for Older People

Apply by: 31 Dec 2015

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

Love listening to stories? Then you'll love researching, planning and facilitating a weekly
Reminiscence Group for older people living in sheltered accommodation. You will lead a regular group with an inclusive atmosphere where all members fell comfortable to contribute their stories and ideas.

Camp Safeguarding Officer

Apply by: 31 Dec 2015

Location: Various United Kingdom

Over The Wall provides free residential activity camps to young people aged 8-17 affected by serious illness &their families.Our Safeguarding Officers are an important part of Camp as they act as ambassadors of our Safeguarding policy, ensuring the mutual protection of Campers, Volunteers & Staff.

These are the latest volunteering opportunities being advertised through the Volunteer Centre. To see all the volunteering opportunities we are advertising, search the vacancies on LSE CareerHub.

These are our forthcoming volunteering events. You can search below or view all our events on CareerHub.

Volunteer Centre