During Week 4 of Lent Term (7-13 February), universities across the UK will be celebrating Student Volunteering Week 2022. It’s a whole week dedicated to celebrating the amazing volunteering students do in their local and wider communities!
So what’s happening during the week?
All week, we’ll be showcasing causes students can get involved in and highlighting volunteering at LSE. For updates about the week, keep an eye on our Instagram (@lsevolunteering), but here are some of the things in store:
Monday 7 February: Environmentalism
On Monday 7 February LSE Sustainability will be on campus outside the library to discuss how you can get involved with sustainability projects at LSE.
Sustainable Futures and RAG will be hosting a vintage sale outside the library from 11am – 1pm, with all proceeds going to WWF.
Tuesday 8 February: Homelessness
On Tuesday 8 February the Student Volunteering Ambassadors will be on campus to discuss all things Student Volunteering Week and how you can get involved with volunteering at LSE generally.
PLIAS Resettlement will also be on campus to discuss their volunteering opportunities, PLIAS Resettlement is a not for profit organisation that reduces re-offending by providing support, advice and guidance to people with criminal convictions.
StreetChild will be on campus outside the library to discuss their volunteering opportunities. Street Child believes that achieving universal basic education is the single greatest step that can be taken towards the elimination of global poverty and is working to provide all children with an access to education.
We also invite you to volunteer in a national project working with the Woodland Trust, Nature’s Calendar. Nature’s Calendar is a citizen science project run by the Woodland Trust, asking the public to submit records on the timing of key natural events (phenology).
Wednesday 9 February: Inclusion Day
On Wednesday 9 February Literacy Pirates will be on campus on Wednesday to showcase their volunteering. Children aged 9-12 years old attend a weekly session online or in one of our pirate-themed learning centres in Hackney and Haringey to help tackle educational inequalities.
Championing Youth Minds will be on campus as welloutside the library as well to discuss their volunteering opportunities. Championing Youth Minds was founded in response to the mental health pandemic, they aim to provide a platform through which young people can help other young people care for their mental wellbeing.
On Wednesday we will also be hosting a one-off volunteering opportunity focussing on sociability mapping. Sociability helps disabled people find accessible places and enjoy greater social inclusion. They are always looking for volunteer mappers to help measure the accessibility around the local are of London.
Thursday 10 February: International Volunteering
On Thursday 10 February RAG will be be outside the library selling cakes, cookies and much more to fundraise money for RAG’s charity partners. RAG (Raising and Giving) is the fundraising arm of the LSE Students’ Union.
CoachBright will also be on campus outside the library to discuss their volunteering opportunities. Working with schools they aim to tackle educational disadvantage.
In the evening we will be screening ‘The Voluntourist’, a short film developed by the Chloe Sanguinetti that tells the stories of international volunteers and the potential problems in this industry.
Friday 11 February: Volunteering For You
On Friday 11 February outside the library, the LSE Volunteer Centre, Volunteering Ambassadors and LSESU Visual Arts Society invite you to ‘make a pledge’. Pick up a paintbrush, spray-paint, or pen and join us in the creation of a giant art piece where we vow to be the change we want to see in our community.
Finally, join us for a one-off volunteering opportunity with Coin Street to host their annual seniors’ party! Your role would be to welcome guests, take coats, serve a delicious dinner and support the cleaning and tidying up, have a chat with a local older person, or even better, join them in a dance.
There are some obvious ways of getting involved, like coming along to our stalls, volunteering sessions and events. But if you’re already passionate about volunteering and want to share your story, get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org)! We’d love to hear about your experiences and how you feel you’ve benefited from your time as a volunteer.
Saturday 12th February: Beach Clean
On saturday, Sustainable Futures, Eco Soc, and Marine Soc are hosting a beach clean on Brighton beach. Its the perfect opportunity to have a day out form London, whilst also help clear our coastlines. Clean beaches are vital for the environment and the animals they sustain. To sign up, apply through this google form.
Don’t forget, you can always get involved on social media by using the #SVW2022 hashtag or by tagging us on Instagram or Twitter via our handle @lsevolunteering. And you can always drop us an email to let us know what you’re doing to celebrate Student Volunteering Week via email@example.com.