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    Calling all charities – get involved with the LSE Volunteer Centre

Calling all charities – get involved with the LSE Volunteer Centre

The LSE Volunteer Centre connects students with charities to help them find rewarding volunteering opportunities. About 40 percent of our students currently volunteer during their time at LSE and we aim to increase this number even further. We’re therefore always on the lookout for interesting volunteering opportunities.
How can you get involved?
Upload your opportunities on our vacancy board
The easiest and […]

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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 […]

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Volunteering roles of the week

Frontline Children’s Support

Corporate Partnerships

Policy and Influencing Intern #CancerCosts

Women’s Basic Computer Skills Teacher

Business Development

Database and Membership

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    Calling all charities – be part of the 2017 LSE Volunteering Fair

Calling all charities – be part of the 2017 LSE Volunteering Fair

The annual LSE Volunteering Fair aims to bring together charities and students interested in volunteering.

Charities can now apply to be part of the 2017 event which is on Monday 2 October 5-8pm on the LSE Campus.

We welcome applications from charities with opportunities in the UK and/or abroad.
How to apply
UK registered charities can apply for a place at the fair until 3 […]

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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:
1. Know what […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Volunteering opportunities of the week

Some of you might have their holidays now, some are writing your dissertation. Either way, you’re likely to have a bit more time on your hands. Why not start volunteering, or start planning ahead for next academic year? We’ve selected five interesting volunteering opportunities for you to get you started:

Opportunities of the week

Become a Mental Health Wellbeing Hub Volunteer […]

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How to get your first job in the charity sector

The not-for-profit sector has always been an attractive option for experienced people who reach a stage in their careers where making a difference and feeling a sense of personal satisfaction become more important than status or financial reward. With their compelling causes and varied career paths, charities are now attracting a much wider range of applicants, including those looking […]

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    How travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next

How travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next

Guest blog by LSE alum Rosie Coleman (BSc International Relations 2013):

I’d never taken a gap year. My travels had been holidays rather than extended periods spent overseas. After graduating from LSE in 2013, I’d always been too scared to take time out, terrified of those dreaded CV gaps. That was until last September.

Despite having built the foundations of a […]

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International development volunteering in London

Joseph Carroll (MSc Conflict Studies 2017) volunteered with Teach A Man To Fish as an International Programmes Assistant after encountering their team at the annual LSE Careers International Development Volunteering Fair in January. We chatted with him to see what it was like to volunteer for the organisation. They’re currently recruiting an International Programmes Assistant so why not apply if Joseph’s experience sounds […]

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Why volunteering should be prized

LSE alum Bobak Saadat (BSc in Social Anthropology 2015) is now Fundraising Product Officer at Child.org. He delivered an amazing speech at our annual LSE Volunteers event on 27 April in which he highlighted the importance of volunteering and we didn’t want to keep this from you. So read on for Bobak’s inspirational perspective on volunteering:

Why volunteering should be prized
I […]

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    An LSE student’s perspective: volunteering with Age UK Islington

An LSE student’s perspective: volunteering with Age UK Islington

Selina Wan, BSc Economics, has been volunteering as a Volunteer Adviser for Age UK Islington since October 2016, coming in once a week for appointments with clients at a community drop-in. After in-depth training, and shadowing other volunteer advisers, she now helps clients with a range of issues. As an adviser, she helps clients find their way around online […]

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    LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2017 – Future Frontiers

LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2017 – Future Frontiers

Future Frontiers has done brilliant work over the past year and many LSE students got involved. We were therefore delighted to award the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award to them the LSE Volunteers event on 27 April based on their involvement of activities on campus, quality of the opportunities open to LSE students, number of recruits and feedback […]

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Volunteering with LSE Sustainability

Ever wondered what the LSE Sustainability team does and how you can get involved? We talked to the team about three of its Sustainable LSE projects in which student volunteers are integral – read on for more!
The impact of LSE student volunteers
The LSE Sustainability team is soon to host its annual Celebration of Sustainability event to celebrate all the […]

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LSE Volunteer of the Year 2017 – Tazeen Dhanani

While studying for her MSc in Human Rights, Tazeen Dhanani has managed to volunteer for a range of organisations and she was one of our a Student Volunteering Ambassadors. The numbers of hours that Tazeen put in is impressive, but her dedication to volunteering is even more so. We were therefore delighted to award Tazeen the LSE Volunteer of the […]

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    The LSE Volunteer Centre presents the #JustOneMinute campaign

The LSE Volunteer Centre presents the #JustOneMinute campaign

After the great success of our #JustOneHour campaign, the LSE Volunteer Centre now presents the #JustOneMinute campaign. We understand you’re all very busy with revision so you might not have a spare hour at the moment as you’re probably living in the library, surrounded by your (stressed) fellow students and the smells of take-away food.

Breaks are however extremely important during revision time […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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