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About David Coles

I am the Volunteer Coordinator at LSE. My aim is to help LSE students find rewarding volunteering opportunities, facilitating their personal development whilst contributing to society. Check out the Volunteer Centre @ LSE Careers website for information on how you can get involved.

J.K. Rowling: ‘Volunteer in the right way’

The founder of Lumos, J.K. Rowling, has given an interview explaining the motivations behind setting up the charity. The aim is to end child institutionalisation by 2050 and prevent the damage that well meaning donors and volunteers can do when working with orphanages across the world.

She says: ‘Be careful how you give. Even if you are giving with the […]

Students say volunteering improves their LSE experience

Research completed by the LSE Volunteer Centre shows that 69.6% of students who volunteer feel this has improved their university experience.

Key findings

The biggest motivator for LSE students to volunteer is because they want to ‘improve things’, with 87.7% of respondents agreeing with this statement.
94% of those that do volunteer would recommend it to a friend.
76.7% think that […]

LSE Volunteers 2017

On 27 April the LSE Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG Society hosted their annual event to celebrate volunteering and fundraising at LSE. Over 60 people attended representing the student body, including LSE Students’ Union, various parts of the School, and charities that have recruited students over the past year as volunteers and fundraisers.

The achievements of LSE students over the past year have […]

Nominees for LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2017

The LSE Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce the nominees for the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award, won by The Wonder Foundation in 2016.

This year eight organisations have been nominated based on their involvement of activities on campus, quality of the opportunities open to LSE students, number of recruits and feedback from students who have volunteered with them. The nominees […]

LSE Volunteering Awards 2017

The LSE Volunteer Centre is on the lookout for nominees for the LSE Volunteer of the Year award and the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award. The winners will be announced at our annual LSE Volunteers event on 27 April 2017.

If you know of an LSE student or organisation that should be recognised for going above and beyond the call […]

An inspirational Student Volunteering Week 2017

Between 20-26 February, LSE played it’s part in another huge Student Volunteering Week, celebrating and highlighting the impact that students make to communities all across the UK.

At LSE we had a different voluntary organisation on campus each day recruiting students, transcribed World War 1 diaries, sorted recycled food at Fareshare, donated socks, signed students up to be stem cell […]

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    5 steps to get the most out of international development volunteering

5 steps to get the most out of international development volunteering

Getting experience in a particular field through volunteering can really make your CV and application stand out when applying for roles, and this is especially true in the international development sector.

The LSE Volunteer Centre and LSE Careers work with many charities and development organisations each year that provide opportunities to students. Attending events in the International Development Events Programme will give […]

Top tips for overseas volunteering

Following our panel event on 26 January we asked the speakers to give their top tip to students looking to volunteer overseas. Below is what they had to say.

Martin Punaks – Head of Global Training and Advisory Services at Lumos.
Approach international volunteering with a learning-mindset. This means approaching the task with the view that you need to learn from […]

Being a Peer Support volunteer at LSE

Chloe Russell, BSc in Govenment, and Allan Rogers, BA in History,  have been volunteering as Peer Supporters, with the LSE Student Counselling Service, this academic year and in this blog they share their motivations, how they’ve made a difference and how other students can get involved.
LSE, while a great opportunity for many in both academic and volunteering terms, can […]

Calling on LSE to donate your socks!

Do you have a spare pair on socks that you can donate to Socks and Chocs to help homeless people in London? Millie Dessent, BSc International Relations 2018, is volunteering for the organisation and doing a sock collection at LSE. If you do have a few pairs of clean socks bring them to outside the ARC on Floor 1 of SAW to put […]

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 […]

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 […]

Volunteering with ReachOut

We spoke to Prithvi Shashikant, MSc Management Science 2017, about his experiences on volunteering with ReachOut as a mentor since joining LSE.

How and where did you find out about ReachOut?
I found out about ReachOut through LSE CareerHub on the LSE Volunteer Centre website. I was looking for an opportunity to get involved as early as possible, and ReachOut was the first […]

Introducing the LSE Green Impact Project Assistants

We spoke to Jess Lobo about Green Impact at LSE and the wonderful Green Impact Project Assistants they recruit at LSE to help with their work.
Green Impact is a national environmental award scheme run across the country, now in its eighth year at LSE. It sees departments ranging from the Library to the Halls and LSE Cities to Catering, […]

How to volunteer sensitively and be aware of power dynamics

A blog from David Coles who is Volunteer Coordinator at LSE – where he helps connect students with over 400 charities.
Last week I spoke at the excellent ‘A refugee like me’ conference run by the Wonder Foundation at The Baytree Centre. The two day conference, attended by young people from many countries including the UK, Sweden and Slovenia, was all […]

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    LSE graduate wins prestigious Team London volunteering award

LSE graduate wins prestigious Team London volunteering award

On 31 October Ashish Patel, BSc in Mathematics and Economics 2016, won the the Under 25’s category for Mentoring and Coaching in the Team London volunteering awards at City Hall for his work with IntoUniversity.

Ashish has volunteered over 200 hours at IntoUniversity’s education centre in East Ham since 2014 and in this time he has gone above and beyond to support their […]

Launching a report at parliament as a volunteer

Hsiang-Yun Lai, MSc in International Political Economy 2016, volunteered with the WONDER Foundation doing research for a report that was subsequently launched at Parliament. Here she writes about the work that she completed and what she learnt.
I have been interning with the Wonder Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation aiming at empowering vulnerable women and girls through education, since this April. My work is specifically on researching refugee […]

Volunteering with Age UK Islington

Josephine Field, MSc Social Policy 2016, was a Volunteer Adviser for Age UK Islington, spending time once a week conducting appointments with clients.  In this role, she helped clients with consumer disputes and with their benefits. It involved calling up government services and speaking with companies on their behalf and resolving a wide range of issues on behalf of many […]

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    Getting a job as a result of volunteering: a LSE graduate’s perspective

Getting a job as a result of volunteering: a LSE graduate’s perspective

Nadia-Rei Erlam currently works at the Gender Institute at LSE after graduating in MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities in 2015. In this blog Nadia-Rei explains how volunteering can really help in skills development for a future career.
I currently work at the Gender Institute at LSE supporting the administration team and in developing student-led resources. What I want to […]

Empowering women and girls through volunteering

Deren Phillips, BSc Social Policy 2016, volunteered with the WONDER Foundation this summer. Here she blogs about the work that she completed and how it’s helped in her degree.
This summer I spent two months volunteering with the WONDER Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to empower vulnerable women and girls through education. My role over the past two months has […]

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