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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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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.

Calling all charities – internship funding is open for 2017!

Happy New Year! LSE Careers is pleased to announce we are continuing our partnership with Santander Universities offering fully funded internships within the charity sector during 2017. How will you benefit? quick and simple registration with recruitment support from LSE Careers access to high calibre LSE students and graduates looking to build their experience within the charity sector access to Santander University […]


Make volunteering your new year’s resolution

We’re passionate about volunteering and believe that even more LSE students should take time to contribute to their communities. What better time to start than January 2017? We’re asking LSE students to make volunteering your new year’s resolution. Share your volunteering resolution on our Facebook wall or tweet us, using #LSEnewyearpledge. Make sure you read about all the events we have planned […]


Volunteering events in Lent Term 2017

The LSE Volunteer Centre is here to help you find rewarding volunteering opportunities with charities in the UK and overseas. We work with 400 organisations a year and advertise hundreds of roles through LSE CareerHub. Each term we put on events to give students further information and insights in to the sector. Here are the highlights for Lent Term 2017: YFN […]


#CharityTuesday: Lent Term

This term, the LSE Volunteer Centre is excited to be bringing Charity Tuesdays back onto campus. On most Tuesdays during one local, national or international charity will hold a stall outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre to spread the word about their work, distribute flyers, and promote and advertise voluntary roles available at their organisations. #CharityTuesday started on social media […]


The Big Wrap: one-off volunteering at Ham House

On Wednesday 23 November, a group of LSE students travelled against the rush hour commuter traffic, crossed Waterloo Bridge and jumped on a train to leafy Richmond, as National Trust’s Ham House was in need of some help to prepare for the busy Christmas season ahead. Each Christmas, the National Trust’s Ham House is brought to life with a Santa’s Grotto, which helps […]


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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.

ICS Team Leader

1 Jul 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Volunteer in Africa, Asia and Latin America with International Citizen Service (ICS) which is a UK government-funded programme providing Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds.

ICS Volunteer

1 Feb 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Volunteer in Africa, Asia and Latin America with International Citizen Service (ICS) which is a UK government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds .

Front of House Volunteers

31 Jul 2017
London England United Kingdom
Handel & Hendrix in London is a small museum in the heart of Mayfair.
Volunteers are at the heart of Handel & Hendrix in London, providing vital support in the day to day running of the historic residences.
We are currently recruiting for Front of House Volunteers.

Fundraising and Marketing voluntary internship

30 Apr 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Fundraising, Marketing, sponsorship

ICS Team Leader

3 Feb 2017
Nepal, nicaragua Nepal
Opportunity for 23-35 year old's to join Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) as Team Leaders in Nepal, Nicaragua and Tanzania this summer.

Sports Coach Leader

1 Jun 2017
Trujillo Peru
Take responsibility and gain leadership skills as a Sports Coach Leader for disadvantaged children and youth in Peru! SKIP is a charity working with disadvantaged families in an impoverished district of Trujillo, Peru focusing on their educational, economic, emotional and social development.

Grant submissions and advice volunteer

17 Feb 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
National charity is seeking volunteers to identify sources of support for families in need, collect information from families over the phone, submit grant applications and process awards.

Student Ambassador

1 Aug 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Would you like to become an advocate for social change? Have an interest in community engagement and event organisation?

Retail Area Health and Safety Volunteer

31 Mar 2017
IG6 1QG Greater London United Kingdom
To help us ensure health and safety of all of our volunteers, staff and public- taking strategic safety direction from the Safety Adviser Retail. You will offer advice and guidance on our in-house safety management system and how to implement it to our branch managers, staff and volunteers.

Somali/ English scribe - FGM, Child Protection & Family Values community event

27 Jan 2017
Sheperd's Bush Greater London United Kingdom
Could you help us as a one-off volunteer to have a discussion with women in the Somali community about child protection and FGM? Working with Somali-led organisation ATM we are seeking to ensure that women's voices are heard so that efforts to end FGM in the UK include them rather than marginalise.

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LSE #CharityTuesday: The Funding Network

Starts: 24 Jan 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 24 Jan 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet The Funding Network outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.


Starts: 24 Jan 2017 6:00 PM
Finishes: 24 Jan 2017 9:00 PM
Join us on 24 January at 6pm in the LSE Senior Dining Room for an evening of live crowdfunding brought to you by YFN in partnership with LSE SU RAG and LSE Volunteer Centre.

IDEP: How to find an overseas volunteering opportunity

Starts: 26 Jan 2017 1:00 PM
Finishes: 26 Jan 2017 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 58
​Are you interested in volunteering overseas? Come along to this panel event investigating how to choose an overseas volunteering opportunity.

LSE #CharityTuesday: Westminster Befriend a Family

Starts: 31 Jan 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 31 Jan 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet Westminster Befriend a Family outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.

IDEP: LSE International Development Volunteering Fair 2017

Starts: 31 Jan 2017 4:30 PM
Finishes: 31 Jan 2017 7:00 PM
Meet over 20 organisations and charities who are offering many UK-based and international volunteering opportunities in the field of international development.

LSE #CharityTuesday: Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

Starts: 7 Feb 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 7 Feb 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet Age UK Kensington & Chelsea outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.

LSE #CharityTuesday: The Food Chain

Starts: 14 Feb 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 14 Feb 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet The Food Chain outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre 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
Fully booked. Join the waiting list to be notified if places become available.
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 #CharityTuesday: The British Red Cross

Starts: 28 Feb 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 28 Feb 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet The British Red Cross outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.

LSE #CharityTuesday: Age UK Islington

Starts: 7 Mar 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 7 Mar 2017 2:00 PM
Come and meet Age UK Islington outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunities.

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