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.

A career in the charity sector: it’s all about skills

Since graduating in 2016 in MSc Human Rights at LSE Ruth has gone on to work for Amnesty International and now as the Charity Apprentice Manager. Here she explains about the scheme and how it can help equip you with the right skills to move in to the charity sector.
Like many people, my time campaigning, volunteering and fundraising […]


LSE Director signs LSE Volunteer Pledge

We’re delighted that the new LSE Director, Dame Minouche Shafik, has signed the LSE Volunteer Pledge recognising the benefits of volunteering both to students and the local community.

She said, “Volunteering is a fantastic way help others, grow professionally and personally, and become part of a wider community.”

David Coles, Volunteer Centre Manager said, “We welcome Minouche’s support of volunteering at […]


Giving Tuesday 2017 at LSE

After the madness of Black Friday, Giving Tuesday is a chance for the LSE community to come together to show why it’s good to give. Run by the Charities Aid Foundation the idea behind #GivingTuesday is to encourage people, charities and businesses to donate time, money or their voice to help a good cause.

The LSE Volunteer Centre is giving you the opportunity to get […]


Five things I learnt from being the Chair for London SVN

David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager, shares what he learnt through chairing the London Student Volunteering Network over the past two years.
With my last meeting as the London Chair for the Student Volunteering Network coming up it seems like a good time to reflect on how I’ve found the role and, hopefully, share some insight with new chairs or potential ones. […]


Top tips to make the most of the Volunteering Fair

1) Research the organisations that are attending
By doing a little bit of research on each organisation before the fair, you will gain a better idea of the areas they work in and the current opportunities they have available. This will allow you to ask the representatives more specific, in-depth questions about each role. Make sure you download the brochure […]


Introducing the Volunteer Centre

Welcome to all students from David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager.
Welcome to LSE or welcome back!

My name is David and I run the LSE Volunteer Centre. Our job is to help students find rewarding volunteering opportunities during their time at LSE.

We have a really diverse number of opportunities available to students and they are currently listed on LSE CareerHub, regardless of whether your […]


A week in the life of an ICS Team Leader

Guest blog by LSE alum Rosie Coleman (BSc International Relations 2013):
I’m currently volunteering in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali as a Team Leader and consultant on an International Citizen Service placement. ICS is a government initiative that enables young British volunteers to work overseas with one of eight partner charities, all carrying out incredible development projects in some the world’s […]


5 things we learned from our student volunteering research

In July we released the results of our annual student volunteering survey. 1,779 students responded, making it our most comprehensive set of results yet. We put students at the heart of everything we do in the Volunteer Centre so listening to their opinions is crucial to making improvements.

So what what did we learn? How are students benefitting from volunteering? When are […]

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    Charities satisfied with the impact of LSE student volunteers

Charities satisfied with the impact of LSE student volunteers

Research completed by the LSE Volunteer Centre shows that 100% of organisations who recruited volunteers from LSE have been satisfied with their impact.
Key findings

96% would recommend the LSE Volunteer Centre to other organisations recruiting volunteers.
30.4% of charities have had LSE students go on to do paid work for them after volunteering.
The primary reason charities work with […]


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 […]


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