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Guest blog by Ellen O’Doherty: volunteering with SmartWorks

Ellen O’Doherty, from the LSE Department of Statistics, did a summer internship with insurance company Aon. During her internship she was introduced to one of our charity partners, Smart Works! Read on to find out how she raised over the target money and why she decided to keep volunteering with them.
Smart Works is a charity that provides high quality […]

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Volunteering changed my LSE student experience because…

During Student Volunteering Week 2019, we spoke to student volunteers about how volunteering changed their LSE experience. The campaign highlighted lots of the amazing benefits that students feel when they volunteer, from meeting new people to facilitating a holistic learning environment. So have a read through these amazing testimonies of students from lots of different academic backgrounds, who love […]

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Guest post: Carole Reniero

Carole Reniero (BA Social Anthropology 2018) is the London Programme Manager at CoachBright, who support students and young professionals via coaching. In this blog Carole reflects on how volunteering for the organisation helped her during her time at LSE and how a similar 1-1 coaching could have the potential to improve the lives of younger children who grow up […]

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A night at the LSE Volunteer Awards 2019

On Tuesday 30 April, the LSE Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG Society celebrated the amazing student volunteers at LSE who give back their time to the community. The LSE Volunteer Awards was attended by over 60 fantastic students, staff and charity partners – all passionate about volunteering! Read on to find out about the speakers and winners, or follow our […]

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    Guest post: Katee Hui on the importance of women’s football

Guest post: Katee Hui on the importance of women’s football

Katee Hui, MSc, Envrionmental Policy and Regulation 2008, recently won one of the most prestigious volunteering awards in the UK; BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Unsung Hero for London. This was for her work founding and running the Hackney Laces, which was set up in 2011 as a place for girls and women to come and play football because there […]

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LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2019 Nominations

We’ve been celebrating the amazing nominations that our partners, staff and students have made for LSE Volunteer of the Year (check out Part One and Part Two here). However, there is another award to be won at the LSE Volunteers Awards evening: LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year! Last year Coin Street Community Builders won the award. We’re delighted to […]

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LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019 Nominations: Part Two

We’re excited to reveal Part Two of the collection of nominations for LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019. Again, we are filled with pride to know that LSE students are volunteering across a range of causes, doing a variety of roles and making a noticeable impact for each organisation. Read Part One to make sure you’re up to date […]

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LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019 Nominations: Part One

The LSE Volunteer Centre has had a record breaking year for nominations for LSE Volunteer of the Year Award 2019, with 38 different students being put forward by charities, fellow LSE students and LSE members of staff. We’re incredibly proud to be home to so many committed, enthusiastic and passionate student volunteers. The winner will be announced at the […]

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    Guest Blog by Sean Chou: My volunteering experience working on modern slavery

Guest Blog by Sean Chou: My volunteering experience working on modern slavery

Last week we heard from Stella Sarmias about her experience campaigning against modern slavery and this week we’re hearing from Sean, a student from LSE History Department. Sean also worked with the Wonder Foundation through their SEE-ME Programme. Read on to hear about their experience..
The Wonder Foundation is a women’s empowerment charity with a special focus on development and education. […]

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    Guest Blog by Jasmine Pearce: Volunteering for the Helen Bamber Foundation

Guest Blog by Jasmine Pearce: Volunteering for the Helen Bamber Foundation

Lots of students across the school volunteer in their spare time, but the  LSE Law Department is home to a lot of committed student volunteers. This week we’re hearing from Jasmine Pearce about her experience volunteering in her first year for the Helen Bamber Foundation.
When I first started studying at the LSE, I remember feeling hugely overwhelmed. Day 2, Freshers Week, and […]

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Guest Blog by Jeanette Lee: Crisis at Christmas

Lots of students across the school volunteer in their spare time. Our next few blog posts are specifically from students in the LSE Law Department. This week we’re hearing from Jeanette Lee about her experience volunteering for Crisis over the Christmas holiday.
In December 2018, I volunteered with Crisis for Christmas – a homeless shelter that operates through various centres throughout London […]

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Guest Blog by Sindi Kuci: LSESU STAR Refugee Week

Next week LSESU are celebrating Refugee Week 2019, with the theme of “Uncertain Futures”. The week is organised by the Refugee Week Committee in conjunction with LSESU STAR (Student Action for Refugees), and it hosts a wide variety of events. Sindi Kuci, an LSE General Course student, has been working hard as a member of the Refugee Week Committee […]

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    Guest Blog by Maddy Potter-Wood: Volunteering for LSE SU Refugee Week

Guest Blog by Maddy Potter-Wood: Volunteering for LSE SU Refugee Week

Next week LSESU are celebrating Refugee Week 2019, with the theme of “Uncertain Futures”. The week is organised by the Refugee Week Committee in conjunction with LSESU STAR (Student Action for Refugees), and it hosts a wide variety of events. Read on to find out more about what it’s like to volunteer on the committee, from Events Manager Maddy […]

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    Guest Blog by Maria Nefeli Skotori: Volunteering at the Centre for Criminal Appeals

Guest Blog by Maria Nefeli Skotori: Volunteering at the Centre for Criminal Appeals

Lots of students across the school volunteer in their spare time. Our next few blog posts are specifically from students in the LSE Law Department. Last week we published some amazing quotes showcasing their work and this week we’re hearing from Maria Nefeli Skotori about her experience volunteering in her first year.
I volunteered for the Centre for Criminal Appeals from […]

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Volunteering: Law Student Special

Lots of students across the school volunteer in their spare time. Our Student Volunteering Ambassador, Jennifer, has been talking to her fellow peers in LSE Law Department in the run up to Student Volunteering Week. From this she found out that lots of law students were also volunteering, and not just in pro-bono work! Here’s some amazing quotes, and […]

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Guest Blog by Arya Gerard: Volunteering with FoodCycle

A Student Volunteering Week Special! Here’s one of five fantastic blogs that we’re posting this week to celebrate Student Volunteering week. This one is from one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Arya, and their experience volunteering for FoodCycle.
I believe that no one should go hungry. It was that belief that spurred me to dabble in food waste based volunteering in Birmingham […]

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    Guest Blog by Annie Thomlinson: 5 Different Ways to Volunteer

Guest Blog by Annie Thomlinson: 5 Different Ways to Volunteer

A Student Volunteering Week Special! Here’s one of five fantastic blogs that we’re posting this week to celebrate Student Volunteering week. This one is from one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Annie Thomlinson. Keep reading to find out some of the amazing ways you can get involved in volunteering from a students’ perspective…
Volunteering is more than simply making coffee, […]

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    Guest Blog by Maelys Hohagen: Exploring the ethics of overseas volunteering

Guest Blog by Maelys Hohagen: Exploring the ethics of overseas volunteering

A Student Volunteering Week Special! Here’s one of five fantastic blogs that we’re posting this week to celebrate Student Volunteering week. This one is from one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Maelys. She explores the ethics of overseas volunteering, it’s connection to social media and explores the ‘white saviour syndrome’.
Yes, volunteering abroad is amazing. You get to travel, to […]

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How to volunteer sensitively and be aware of power dynamics

Power dynamics isn’t something that often comes up when volunteering is discussed but understanding your role as a volunteer in the relationship with the beneficiary can determine the success of a programme. In this piece David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager, shares some of his failings, what he learnt and some tips to ensure that you volunteer in a […]

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    Volunteering with LSE Student Division of Lawyers Without Borders

Volunteering with LSE Student Division of Lawyers Without Borders

On Tuesday 22 January, the LSE Volunteer Centre will be collaborating with the LSE Student Division of Lawyers Without Borders to bring students a one-off volunteering session to transcribe anti-slavery manuscripts. The session will run from 1pm-3pm in LSE LIFE, and is a chance for LSE students to get involved in discovering the correspondence between anti-slavery activists! 

What is Lawyers Without Borders?
Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) is an international non-profit […]

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