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    Guest blog by Francesca Castelo: volunteering with Think Pacific

Guest blog by Francesca Castelo: volunteering with Think Pacific

Knowing what to do over your summer break can be hard, but lots of students choose to volunteer. Check out this interview with Francesca Castelo (BA Geography 2019) who volunteered with Think Pacific, an organisation that works in the Pacific islands to deliver sustainable projects, in partnership with the population.
What Were Your Project Highlights?

Hearing the volunteers enjoy their project. […]

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Volunteering at Christmas

Staying in London over the winter break? Why not volunteer? There’s many reasons why volunteering can help you settle into London, but volunteering during the university holidays will help you get into the festive mood and get you involved in your community. From helping to address homelessness to reducing food waste, there are plenty of different causes you can […]

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    Guest Blog by Safae: Volunteering with Bookmark Reading Charity

Guest Blog by Safae: Volunteering with Bookmark Reading Charity

Bookmark Reading is helping children develop the literacy skills they need to succeed in school and beyond, by creating flexible volunteering at the heart of our communities. Volunteers work one-to-one with a child at a local school during 30-minute sessions, helping them to improve their reading skills, expand their vocabulary and find enjoyment in reading.

Bookmark volunteers provide crucial support […]

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Meet your new Student Volunteering Ambassadors 2019/20

Every year we work with a group of students who are passionate about volunteering and who also want to inspire the rest of the student body to volunteer. They’ll be sharing their amazing volunteering experiences through blogs, Instagram and face-to-face on stalls with us. So without further-ado, we’d like to hand over to our Student Volunteering Ambassadors to introduce […]

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A night at the LSE Volunteering Launch 2019

On Monday 21 October, over 50 LSE students, staff, governors and charities gathered together to kick-start another fantastic year of student volunteering at LSE. We were joined by the LSE Director, LSE SU RAG President and the General Secretary of the LSE Student’s Union. Over 40% of the student body at LSE volunteers their time towards giving back to […]

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    Guest blog by LSE Alumni Lewis Humphreys: Volunteering as an International Citizen Service Team Leader

Guest blog by LSE Alumni Lewis Humphreys: Volunteering as an International Citizen Service Team Leader

It was an hour into the king’s forty-ninth birthday party, and I’d just finished an interview for the local TV network when I decided volunteering overseas was probably my best life decision.

Over the next few months, I co-led an International Citizen Service (ICS) Livelihoods project in Enugu State in the south east of Nigeria. By the end of the […]

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4 steps to becoming a trustee

Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, so there ought to be something for everyone. Unfortunately, certain opportunities are more likely to be filled by people from particular groups. Take trustee positions; the average board member seems to be white, older, middle class, and male. When charity boards are not representative of society at large that is likely […]

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Five ways to kick start your volunteering this year

So you’ve just started at LSE, or you’ve returned after a long summer break, and you want to get your volunteering started. But how? But who? But what? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with these five great opportunities to kick start the year!
1. Have a good think 
It sounds a little simple and obvious, but it’s really important that […]

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4 reasons why volunteering will help you settle into London

Volunteering during your time at LSE has many benefits, but one of the biggest is that it can help you settle into London. It’s not unusual to feel a little overwhelmed when arriving in such a big city, starting on your course and trying to do all those other things that life throws at you. In this blog, we […]

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    Guest blog by Beth Wilson: Volunteering at the Literacy Pirates

Guest blog by Beth Wilson: Volunteering at the Literacy Pirates

‘Attention on deck’

‘Aye aye captain’

Most of the time I would absolutely cringe when asked to do any kind of acting, but on a Thursday afternoon I can be found proudly saluting the captain at the Hackney Pirate’s ship.

Once a week I volunteer with the Literacy Pirates, who help kids from the local schools with their literacy (reading and writing). […]

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Calling all charities to get involved with the LSE

The LSE Volunteer Centre connect students with charities to help them find rewarding opportunities. Last year, roughly 40% of our students volunteered during their time at LSE and we aim to increase this number even further! Hence, we’re always on the lookout for new, interesting volunteering opportunities. So, how can you as a charity, get involved?

Upload your opportunities to […]

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LSE Volunteer Award Winners: ReachOut UK

Last week we interviewed Annie, LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019 and this week we’ve interviewed ReachOut UK, LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2019. They were nominated by one of their LSE student volunteers for their ongoing support for the people that volunteer with them. Read on to find out more about ReachOut UK..

What does ReachOut UK do?
ReachOut […]

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LSE Volunteer Award Winners: Annie Thomlinson

Back in April we hosted the LSE Volunteer Awards 2019, a lovely evening where we celebrated all of the amazing volunteering students have done over the academic year. The LSE Volunteer of the Year Award went to Annie Thomlinson and you can read her nomination here! Now that exams have finished, we thought we would catch her for a […]

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    Guest Blog by Octavia Foundation: the importance of befrienders

Guest Blog by Octavia Foundation: the importance of befrienders

Octavia Foundation aims to connect people affected by unemployment, ill health, social isolation or low incomes in central and west London with opportunities for positive personal change. As part of their work, they co-ordinate a Befriending service, intended to help reduce loneliness and isolation with the older people living in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. The service heavily relies […]

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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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    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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