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LSE Volunteer Centre
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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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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.

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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.

Supporter Relations Assistant

Application closing date: 31 Mar 2016
Location: England United Kingdom
An international charity is seeking enthusiastic, confident and talented individuals to support their fundraising team on a short term basis.

Volunteer needed to create an Access database

Application closing date: 29 Feb 2016
Location: 1A Leeds Place, Tollington Park, London, N4 3RF Greater London United Kingdom
Refugee Therapy Centre is a charity that provides psychotherapy and mentoring support to refugees and asylum seekers. We need assistance with recreating the Access database that stores all of our client and service data to enable us to accurately and efficiently report on our services.

ActionAid's MegaRaid 2016

Application closing date: 29 Feb 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
We have a fantastic opportunity for you to be part of a buzzing team going out in force on 5th March to raise money to support us in our fight against poverty. We are looking for a team of fundraisers to help us with bucket collections in tube and train stations all across London.

Fundraising and Communication Intern

Application closing date: 25 Feb 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
This internship is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience of AbleChildAfrica’s work and of its fundraising streams. It will be of particular interest to someone wanting to gain knowledge of and experience supporting fundraising in all streams.

Fundraising Research & Admin Volunteer

Application closing date: 25 Feb 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
This is a great opportunity for a motivated and willing-to-learn individual to get a feel for what a prospect researcher and major donor officer does on a day-to-day basis and to introduce you to the basic principles of this exciting fundraising channel.

Chance UK Volunteer Mentor

Application closing date: 31 Jan 2017
Location: Enfield, London, Westminster England United Kingdom
Become a Chance UK volunteer mentor - help change a child's life

Converstation Circles Volunteer

Application closing date: 24 Feb 2016
Location: LSE Language Centre United Kingdom
Volunteers for Converstation Circles at the Language Centre

Policy and campaigns volunteer

Application closing date: 23 Feb 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
Volunteer opportunity at LVSC (London Voluntary Service Council) – Policy and Campaigns - to work on our 2016 London Mayoral manifesto - ideal for someone with an active interest in the voluntary and community sector and expertise in digital media

Collections and Housekeeping Volunteer

Application closing date: 15 Feb 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
To assist with a review of collection documentation in a small historic house museum and to update procedures to best practice standards

Shop Volunteers

Application closing date: 9 Aug 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
Volunteering with Cancer Research UK is a great way to gain work experience to add onto your CV, to learn new skills and to make a difference in helping to beat cancer sooner.

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Lively Minds on campus promotion: International Volunteering

Starts: 17 Feb 2016 11:00 AM
Finishes: 17 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: Reception, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, 1 Sheffield Street, London WC2A 2AP
Lively Minds staff will be on campus to talk to LSE students about our International Volunteer Scheme in Uganda and answer any questions they may have.

SVW: Azafady on campus promotion: Volunteering programmes in Madagascar

Starts: 22 Feb 2016 10:00 AM
Finishes: 22 Feb 2016 4:00 PM
Venue: Reception space, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, Sheffield Street
Azafady will be on campus to promote their volunteering programmes in Madagascar, and give information on their current long term internships.

SVW: Delete Blood Cancer UK on campus promotion

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 11:00 AM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: Outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, Sheffield Street
Delete Blood Cancer UK will be on campus to promote their Student Ambassador volunteering programme, and to give information on their work.

SVW: LSE Charity Insights Day

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 11:00 AM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 5:00 PM
Venue: Across campus (see individual events for details).
LSE Charity Insights Day offers a wide range of panel discussions, talks and a Charity and Cause fair organised by LSESU Amnesty International Society and LSESU Animal Welfare Society as part of Student Volunteering Week.

SVW: Charity Insights Day: Who really benefits from voluntourism?

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 11:00 AM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 12:00 PM
Venue: 6th Floor Studio, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.
Join us for a screening of internationally acclaimed documentary The Voluntourist, followed by a group discussion lead by director Chloé Sanguinetti about the dangers of ignorant voluntouring and the possibility of it ever becoming an industry without pitfalls.

SVW: Charity Insights Day: Charity and Cause Fair

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 12:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: ​The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Head down to the venue at any point between 12 and 2 to chat to other LSE students and volunteers about the causes that mean the most to them, find out what contributions you can make before and after studying and find out how to get involved with any that catch your eye.

SVW: Charity Insights Day: How is youth engagement changing?

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 3:00 PM
Venue: PAR 2.03
Amid fears of growing political apathy and rocketing costs of living, how can a sector that depends heavily on unpaid volunteers and interns keep the interest of young people?

SVW: Charity Insights Day: Campaigning Workshop

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 3:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 4:00 PM
Venue: CLM 3.04
​This session will teach you the skills you need to construct and run an effective campaign.

SVW: Charity Insights Day: Fundraising in the 21st century

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 4:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 5:00 PM
Venue: OLD 3.28
Join our amazing panellists for an unmissable discussion for anyone who wants to go into fundraising, learn how to raise money for their cause or just has an interest in charity!

SVW: UCLU Public Talk: Charity fundraising - the bad and the ugly in 2015

Starts: 24 Feb 2016 1:00 PM
Finishes: 24 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: UCL Campus. Medawar G01 Lankester LT, University College London
As part of Student Volunteering Week, UCLU are hosting a public talk reflecting on charity fundraising of 2015.

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