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 range of one-off volunteering opportunities.
The success of short one-off volunteering opportunities has inspired us to launch the #JustOneHour campaign during LSE Student Volunteering Week 2017. Below is a list of all the things you would usually spend an hour doing, as well as a list of what you could spend an hour doing instead – volunteering and making a difference!
What would you ordinarily do with one hour?
- Take a nap
- Go to the gym/ take a gym class
- Play Fifa
- Go shopping
- Watch the first half of a football match (and the half time coverage)
- Go for a coffee with a friend
- Do one academic reading (if you’re lucky…)
- Get a manicure or a pedicure
- Write an introduction of an essay
- Scroll through your Facebook news feed repeatedly
- Get a haircut
- Play Candy Crush
- Update your LinkedIn/CV
- Watch Netflix
What could you be doing with one hour?
- Get fit while helping an isolated older person by dropping by for 20 minutes as party of your run
- Help people living with HIV to get well, stay well and lead healthy, independent lives by cooking a meal. Join for a one-hour shift on 22 February or 1 March.
- Spend an hour talking to a lonely elderly person as a telephone befriender for Independent Age
- Be a Kitchen Volunteer in a soup kitchen in London this winter with Streets Kitchen
- Get involved with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which has a whole page dedicated to opportunities which take less than an hour to complete
- Write a letter as a Post Pal for seriously ill children
- Sell some of your unwanted gifts on eBay to benefit non-profit organisations
- If you speak more than one language, why not volunteer to translate one-off for a charity or non-profit organisation like Anja Jones Translation (AJT)?
- Listen on behalf of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau as a Adviceline telephone assessor
- Buddy up in a herb garden with those struggling with their health alongside Glengall Wharf Garden
- Run a sports/recreation session for children and young adults with learning, behavioural and physical disabilities for KEEN London
- Help conserve London’s wildlife with London Wildlife Trust (LWT)
- Be a bucket collector for Breast Cancer Care
- Steward at The MoonWalk London event as part of Walk the Walk Worldwide
- Chop, cut, peel, stir and chat at the Battersea Canteen with Be Enriched
- Provide refreshments and be a all-round cafe assistant at Royal Trinity Hospice
- Help from home by undertaking tasks ranging from translating to research or advocacy for United Nations Volunteers
- Donate your goods to a charity shops such as Richard House Children’s Hospice’s
- Help transcribe World War I diaries from your home as part of Operation War Diary
Other volunteering opportunities
This list is just the beginning when it comes to quick and easy volunteering opportunities! Many charities and non-profit organisations are now creating many more similar volunteering opportunities to fit more easily into our daily lives. A quick search for volunteering opportunities on CareerHub will allow you to see all the opportunities we have available if none of the above interest you. We hope you consider volunteering. Remember, it takes #JustOneHour to make a difference!