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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
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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!

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.

Restoring the Great River Avenue: one-off volunteering at Ham House

A taster of the C17th in London Last week a group of LSE student volunteers and the LSE Volunteer Centre team went to Richmond to participate in a one-off volunteering opportunity. Everyone was impressed by the beauty of Richmond, Ham House, and its surroundings. Rebecca, who works for Thames Landscape Strategy (TLS), told us about the history and importance of Ham House […]


7 ways to volunteer

Yllka Krasniqi is a second year BSc Government and History student and a Student Volunteering Ambassador. Here she writes about seven ways in which you can enhance your skills whilst helping others. 1. Want to become a better listener? The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. The charity helps young people take on any challenge they […]



#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 […]


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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.

Volunteer office Support - Reception

31 Mar 2018
2 Coxwell Rd, London SE19 3BG Greater London United Kingdom
We are keen for people to feel welcomed to the centre and for any queries to be answered quickly and concisely. Your role will be to welcome people and encourage their attendance as well as signposting them to what is available at the centre and when.

Social Media Editor

10 Mar 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Lensational is looking for a social media editor to join its growing Marketing & Communications team. He/She will be responsible for showcasing the stories of the women who participate in our programmes, and promoting their portfolios. You will write/edit for editorial and marketing purposes.

Group runner

31 Mar 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Run to help older people and community projects with one-off tasks. Do you want to volunteer, but can't commit regularly? Missions are perfect for you. They give you a reason to run different routes and you likely make a big impact on someone's life too. Maybe it'll even make you run a bit faster?

Mission runs

30 Mar 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Run to help older people and community projects with one-off tasks. Do you want to volunteer, but can't commit regularly? Missions are perfect for you. They give you a reason to run different routes and you likely make a big impact on someone's life too. Maybe it'll even make you run a bit faster?

Coach runs: get fit while helping an isolated person

29 Mar 2018
London Greater London United Kingdom
Visiting an older person as part of your weekly run can make a huge difference to their life. Over a million older people are always or often lonely, going for months without seeing friends or family. You could make a massive difference to their life by dropping in for 20 minutes as part of your run

Student Welcome Volunteer

14 Aug 2017
United Kingdom
Want to make the LSE Freshers' experience the best it can be? Volunteer to be part of the LSESU Welcome Team 2017 and help new students settle in to life at the LSE.

Geo-economics and Strategy Intern

28 Feb 2017
Temple, Westminister, Central London Greater London United Kingdom
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict, has a vacancy in its London office for an intern to work for six weeks as part of its Geo-economics and Strategy Program.

Anthony Nolan London Marathon 2017 Cheer Team

21 Apr 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Happy and enthusiastic supporters needed to help us cheer on all our fantastic runners fundraising for Anthony Nolan at this year’s London Marathon.

UNFPA London Office, Internship

21 Mar 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
UNFPA London needs an administrative and project management intern. This position is part-time, unpaid.

Social Intrapreneurship Research Assistant

10 Mar 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
One Young World and The Circle of Young Intrapreneurs are seeking a self-motivated and personable research assistant to contribute to the production of a new guide to social intrapreneurship.

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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.

One-off: one hour cooking shift

Starts: 1 Mar 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 1 Mar 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.

Meet an Alum - government/policy

Starts: 2 Mar 2017 5:30 PM
Finishes: 2 Mar 2017 7:45 PM
Meet an Alum brings together alumni and current students for small 30 minute group discussions so you can find out what it’s really like to work in a particular field or organisation.

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.

Nature conservationist: one-off volunteering

Starts: 8 Mar 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 8 Mar 2017 3:00 PM
Fully booked. Join the waiting list to be notified if places become available.
The LSE Volunteer Centre is recruiting a team of LSE students to volunteer for the day at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park to help the wardens carry out vital management work in the park’s nesting sites for the Common Tern, one of their migrant birds.

One-off volunteering: Green Impact Auditor

Starts: 20 Mar 2017
Finishes: 20 Mar 2017 11:59 PM
One-off opportunity to volunteer as a Green Impact auditor on LSE campus and get free IEMA accredited training.

LSE #CharityTuesday: Groundwork London

Starts: 21 Mar 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 21 Mar 2017 3:00 PM
Come and meet Groundwork London outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and find out more about their exciting volunteering opportunity.

One-off volunteering: Old Street collection volunteer

Starts: 23 Mar 2017
Finishes: 23 Mar 2017 11:59 PM
Target Ovarian Cancer is calling on LSE students to join Team Target to raise awareness as well as vital funds at Old Street station on 23rd March.

One-off Volunteering: FoodCycle

Starts: 23 Mar 2017 4:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Mar 2017 5:00 PM
Have social impact by volunteering 30-60 minutes in your LSE halls! You'll be setting up boxes in halls in order to run the no waste, positive social impact campaign by FoodCycle, where food that would have otherwise been thrown away is redistributed to charity.

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