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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.

Volunteering is all fun and games

Here Lydia Makin, BSc Environment and Development, shares how volunteering alongside her studies led to paid work in the environmental sector after graduation. Lydia is currently working on a project recruiting London Clean Air Volunteers. You can find out more about the role and how to apply on CareerHub! Coming from the South Wales Valleys, networking connections are significantly lacking compared […]


Charity Tuesdays comes to LSE

At the start of the next academic year 2016/17, the LSE Volunteer Centre is excited to be bringing Charity Tuesdays onto campus. Every Tuesday during Michaelmas and Lent Terms, one local, national or international charity will be invited to hold a stall outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre to spread the word about their work, distribute flyers and promote […]


Volunteering in Uganda: another side of the story

In her second blog about Lively Minds Susana Rubinstein shares her voluntary experiences. This blog post was originally published through the LSE IPA blog and we thank them for allowing us to share it. A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog entry on the LSE Careers site about my experience volunteering for Lively Minds in Uganda, particularly about […]


The week I swapped Saw Swee Hock for Wiltshire and wellies – a staff volunteering account

Livi Shaw, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator used her five day staff volunteering leave available to all LSE staff, to volunteer  at Jamie’s Farm: At the start of 2016 I set myself several New Year’s resolutions one of which was to make use of the five volunteering leave days provided at LSE. My main challenge was to find a volunteering opportunity which would allow […]


LSE student’s volunteering recognised by FCO

Marc R. Claude, MSc in Political Science and Political Economy 2016, was recently recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for his volunteering efforts. Here he talks about his impressions of the voluntary sector in the UK and his award. Volunteering vibrantly thrives in London and in the UK. Earlier this year, the UK capital won the European Volunteering Capital […]


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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.

St Mark’s Information & Awareness Desk

Application closing date: 1 Sep 2017
Location: Harrow Greater London United Kingdom
Support our internal team and help spread the word about the amazing work that St Mark’s Hospital does as a world leading hospital – talk to patients, help raise funds by selling merchandise or even hold your own bake-sale!

Colon Challenge 2016 - 280 mile Colon Shaped Endurance Ride

Application closing date: 30 May 2017
Location: King's Cross Greater London United Kingdom
We need you to help out at the huge event, on the 30th May, at King’s cross from 10am until 5pm (times are flexible). Come and volunteer to help make the event a huge success and help raise even more awareness for St. Mark’s Hospital

Study Hub Volunteer

Application closing date: 24 May 2017
Location: London England United Kingdom
Volunteers will support FYA to facilitate and deliver weekly sessions of academic support to A-Level students at Westminster Kingsway College (central London).

Front of House Volunteers

Application closing date: 31 Dec 2016
Location: 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.

Become a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation

Application closing date: 19 Sep 2016
Location: London Greater London United Kingdom
Mentoring women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies

Special Events Co-ordinator

Application closing date: 6 Sep 2016
Location: London Greater London United Kingdom
Each year, we hold and support many special events. All of our events raise vital funds for medical research and much needed awareness of St. Mark’s Hospital’s status as a world centre of excellence in the treatment and research of complex bowel conditions.


Application closing date: 30 Sep 2017
Location: London England United Kingdom
The receptionist is often the first person patients, partners, family and visitors meet. The welcome, consideration, respect and guidance the receptionist offers can help ease the anxiety and worry people can feel when coming into the hospice, especially for the first time.

Bucket Collection Coordinator

Application closing date: 30 Dec 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
This is an exciting opportunity to support our charity using your enthusiasm and free time for bucket collections in London for Hospice Care Week (3rd - 9th) October

Future Skills Coach

Application closing date: 28 Oct 2016
Location: England United Kingdom
Deliver our Aspiration and Character Education programme in secondary schools which increases confidence, builds character and raises the aspirations of disadvantaged children across London. A rewarding programme where you can make a difference and enhance your own skills and confidence!

Volunteer Mentor on Autism Employability Project

Application closing date: 16 Jun 2017
Location: London England United Kingdom
Kith & Kids' Employment & Life Skills Project (ELSP) is looking for volunteers to help adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to access further education, work experience and visits to mainstream community opportunities.

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