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Posts from the LSE Volunteer Centre

LSE Volunteer of the Year 2017 nominations

This year, the LSE Volunteer Centre was fortunate enough to receive nominations for 27 students for the LSE Volunteer of the Year award. We’d like to take this change to give a massive shout out to all nominees. You’re volunteering has been invaluable and your nomination is a recognition of your great efforts! Selecting a winner will therefore be challenging, […]

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What’s it like to be a school governor?

What does a school governor do?
The main responsibilities of the governing body are to:

set the strategic direction of the school
hold the headteacher to account
oversee the financial performance of the school

Typically, with school visits, reading and meetings, you might expect to spend 10-15 hours per term on the role. As well as the obvious benefits to schools […]

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Become a trustee for a charity

Need for diversity in charity boards
The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities recently issued the Stronger charities for a stronger society report. The report mainly focuses on the issues of charity governance, funding and sustainability for smaller and medium sized charities. To help charities cope with their rapidly changing environment, the Committee provides 42 recommendations. One of these […]

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One-off volunteering: Nature conservationist

After rain comes…
On a rainy Wednesday morning, four LSE students woke up early to meet the LSE Volunteer Centre Team on campus at 9am. If you find this an achievement in itself, you’ll be even more impressed by the fact that they signed up to volunteer for a whole day at the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park. This park is made […]

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    The heart of volunteering is to create a positive impact on society

The heart of volunteering is to create a positive impact on society

Yllka Krasniqi is a second year History and Government undergraduate in the LSE Department of Government and an LSE Student Volunteering Ambassador. She wrote about her volunteering experiences for the LSE Government Department blog and we didn’t want to keep this from you!

What motivated you to sign up as an LSE Student Volunteering Ambassador?

I was motivated to sign up to be an LSE […]

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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 […]

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    Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

Before studying MSc Human Rights, Tianhui Gao studied UK and European human rights law at LSE as a general course student. Here she shares her experience of finding her passion post-graduation and how it’s helped to develop her career:
After my study of Human Rights at LSE, I had a difficult time – I had great passion to do something, […]

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One-off volunteering: Operation War Diary

Revealing World War One stories
As the final event of LSE Student Volunteering Week 2017, the LSE Volunteer Centre organised another one-off volunteering opportunity. This time, a group of 14 LSE Volunteers participated in Operation War Diary. This project allows volunteers to help unravel the fascinating stories of the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War.

More […]

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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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SouperSorters: one-off volunteering with FareShare

The LSE Volunteer Centre organised a one-off volunteering opportunity as part of LSE Student Volunteering Week 2017 on Wednesday 22 February. After meeting all 14 student volunteers at LSE we took to the bus to Greenwich. Once again, the journey proved to be a great way to meet fellow students from different programmes and years of study.
Safety first
After a […]

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    Restoring the Great River Avenue: one-off volunteering at Ham House

Restoring the Great River Avenue: one-off volunteering at Ham House

A taster of the C17th in London
Last week a group of LSE student volunteers and the LSE Volunteer Centre team went to Richmond to participate in a one-off volunteering opportunity. Everyone was impressed by the beauty of Richmond, Ham House, and its surroundings.

Rebecca, who works for Thames Landscape Strategy (TLS), told us about the history and importance of Ham House and […]

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7 ways to volunteer

Yllka Krasniqi is a second year BSc Government and History student and a Student Volunteering Ambassador. Here she writes about seven ways in which you can enhance your skills whilst helping others.

1. Want to become a better listener?
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. The charity helps young people take on any challenge they could […]

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#JustOneHour

#JustOneHour

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 […]

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Spit-kit Social: one-off volunteering at Anthony Nolan

14 LSE students decided to spend their Tuesday night a bit differently on 7 February. They joined the LSE Volunteer Centre team on a one-off volunteering opportunity. The tube ride turned out to be the perfect opportunity for socialising and it quickly felt like everyone had known each other for years. After the necessary stops for Instagram photos in the beautiful neighbourhood […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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