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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!

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.


#JustOneHour The LSE Volunteer Centre is very proud of the number of students that volunteer during their time at LSE. You told us last academic year that the main reason holding you back from volunteering was you didn’t feel you had enough time to commit to regular volunteering whilst successfully completing your studies. As a result, this term we’ve expanded our […]


5 ways volunteering improves your chances of getting a job

Volunteering is good for you, in more ways than one. We know that students who volunteer at LSE say they feel more a part of the School, and research shows that volunteering can do all manner of positive things including increasing your sense of wellbeing. But volunteering can also can improve your chances of getting a job. In preperation for […]


Spit-kit Social: one-off volunteering at Anthony Nolan

14 LSE students decided to spend their Tuesday night a bit differently on 7 February. They joined the LSE Volunteer Centre team on a one-off volunteering opportunity. The tube ride turned out to be the perfect opportunity for socialising and it quickly felt like everyone had known each other for years. After the necessary stops for Instagram photos in the beautiful neighbourhood of […]


It’s LSE Student Volunteering Week 20-26 February!

Have you not volunteered before? Or are you an experienced volunteer? Either way, we’ve organised several fun and interesting events for everyone as part of Student Volunteering Week! Chat with representatives of different charities on campus, or sign up for our one-off volunteering opportunities. And come meet the LSE Volunteer Centre and your amazing LSE Student Volunteering Ambassadors too! SVW […]


5 steps to get the most out of international development volunteering

Getting experience in a particular field through volunteering can really make your CV and application stand out when applying for roles, and this is especially true in the international development sector. The LSE Volunteer Centre and LSE Careers work with many charities and development organisations each year that provide opportunities to students. Attending events in the International Development Events Programme will give […]


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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 our partner organisations 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.

These are the latest volunteering opportunities being advertised through the Volunteer Centre. Search all the volunteering opportunities we are advertising on LSE CareerHub.

Individual Giving Role

30 Apr 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Help Action For Refugees In Lewisham (AFRIL) raise money and coordinate their individual donations by volunteering 1-2 hours per week remotely.

Lead Advice Assistant

31 Mar 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Action For Refugees in Lewisham runs a general advice service for our clients in conjunction with Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service (LMLAS). You'll provide administrative support to help with the running of the the advice centre.

Monitoring and Evaluation Volunteer

31 Mar 2017
London United Kingdom
Action for Refugees in Lewisham works to relieve poverty and isolation amongst refugees, asylum seekers and other ethnic minorities in Lewisham. In order to assess our impact and report back to funders, trustees, staff, clients and volunteers we are seeking someone to improve our M&E systems.

Target Ovarian Cancer Old Street Station Collection Volunteer

23 Mar 2017
City of London, London England United Kingdom
We're calling on LSE students to join Team Target to raise awareness as well as vital funds at Old Street station on 23rd March.

Teaching English to disadvantaged children in the Kyrgyz Republic

30 Mar 2017
Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
Teaching English to disadvantaged children or isolated teachers in Kyrgyzstan.
Being able to speak in Russian simply.

Boards Moderator

17 Feb 2018
UK United Kingdom
Do you like to chat to other people on online forums?

Do you have two hours spare a week and want to support young people?

Why not join our online community at The Mix and become a moderator for our discussion boards.

Support Chat Moderator

17 Feb 2018
UK United Kingdom
Want to be part of an online community and make a difference?

Do you like talking to people online?

Are you the peace keeper in your friendship group?

If all of the above are true then you might have the right skills to become a Support Chat Moderator at The Mix.

General Chat Moderator

17 Feb 2018
UK Greater London United Kingdom
Help run our nightly, live web chats to support young people in an online environment. We have regular chat workshops for 13-25 year olds.

Volunteer Counsellor

17 Feb 2018
Marylebone Greater London United Kingdom
Are you a counsellor in the final year of your Diploma course or a recently qualified counsellor who wants to support their accreditation by counselling young people in an agency setting?

Micro volunteering: write a letter to a refugee

12 Jan 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Sometimes words alone can make a difference. They can brighten someone’s day, change someone’s mind, and unlock your own emotions. Write a letter to a refugee and let them know you stand with them.

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LSE #CharityTuesday: LSE Volunteer Centre

Starts: 21 Feb 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 21 Feb 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet the LSE Volunteer Centre outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.

One-off: one hour cooking shift

Starts: 22 Feb 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 22 Feb 2017 1:00 PM
Help people living with HIV to get well, stay well and lead healthy, independent lives by giving #JustOneHour together with another student! You'll prepare food under supervision of their kitchen manager to help The Food Chain deliver a communal meal.

LSE SVW: The Mix

Starts: 22 Feb 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 22 Feb 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet The Mix outside the library and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.

Souper Sorters: one-off volunteering with FareShare

Starts: 22 Feb 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 22 Feb 2017 4:00 PM
Remaining places: 2
The LSE Volunteer Centre is organising for a team of LSE student volunteers to get involved at the heart of FareShare’s food re-distribution, giving you the opportunity to help us improve the daily lives of people facing food poverty.

LSE SVW: The Book Bus

Starts: 23 Feb 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet The Book Bus outside the library and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.


Starts: 24 Feb 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 24 Feb 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet DKMS outside the library and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.

Operation War Diary: one-off volunteering

Starts: 24 Feb 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 24 Feb 2017 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 2
Would you like to do some volunteering in Student Volunteering Week and develop a new skill? Then why not help transcribing World War One war diaries? We need your help to reveal the stories of the British Army!

University Charity Shop Challenge: one-off volunteering

Starts: 24 Feb 2017 12:00 PM
Finishes: 24 Feb 2017 5:00 PM
Remaining places: 5
Represent LSE on a national level by taking part in the first University Charity Shop Challenge for the Children’s Trust during Student Volunteering Week. You'll run a local Children’s Trust shop with a team of LSE students and try to boost sales. The most successful university team wins a price!

One-off: Tree planting volunteer

Starts: 25 Feb 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 25 Feb 2017 4:00 PM
Come plant trees with Trees for Cities on Saturday 25 February from 10am-4pm. It's a fantastic way to learn more about trees, get practical hands on experience, improve your health and well-being, meet new people and have fun.

LSE #CharityTuesday: LSE Peer Supporters

Starts: 28 Feb 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 28 Feb 2017 3:00 PM
Come and meet LSE Peer Supporters outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and find out more about their work and exciting volunteering opportunities.

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