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    Welcome to all students from David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager!

Welcome to all students from David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager!

Welcome to LSE or welcome back!

I’m David and I’m the Volunteer Centre Manager, here at LSE. Our job is to help you find rewarding volunteering opportunities for causes you are passionate about, during your time at LSE.

We have a really diverse number of opportunities available to students and there are currently 180+ opportunities on LSE CareerHub, our online vacancy board. […]

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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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Guest Blog: LSE Alumni Rosanna Hutchings

We’ve often raved about one of our amazing charity partners, the Literacy Pirates, so we were delighted to find out that they had recruited an LSE alumni as one of the Volunteer Coordinators! Since completing her masters (MSc Gender, Media & Culture, 2016),  Rosanna Hutchings has had a wealth of experience both in her career and her volunteering activities. […]

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10 tips for recruiting volunteers on campus

Over the course of the 2019/20 academic year the LSE Volunteer Centre be inviting around 100 charities on to campus to recruit students volunteers and many more organisations will be heading to universities across the country trying to sign students up to their causes. We spoke to representatives across the Student Volunteering Network to see what top tips we […]

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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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6 things we learned from our student volunteering research

We’ve just released the results of our annual student volunteering survey and annual partner survey. 1,889 students and 32 charity partners 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 […]

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    Do good, feel good: takeaways from the Student Volunteering Network Conference

Do good, feel good: takeaways from the Student Volunteering Network Conference

Last week, the LSE Volunteer Centre attended the Student Volunteering Network Conference 2019 in Manchester, which was hosted in conjunction with NUS. The agenda included training sessions, workshops and breakout discussions on topics such as ‘Volunteering Festivals’ and the ‘Welcome Refugees Project’. One particular session that caught our attention was delivered by Jo & Shaunagh from the volunteering service […]

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LSE Award Winner: Regina Legarte

So we’ve heard from LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019, Annie and LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year, ReachOut! We’d also like to shine a spotlight on Outstanding Contribution to the LSE Community award winner Regina Legarte. We caught up with her recently to find out more about her volunteering roles within LSE and in London. Regina volunteered with […]

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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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The Value of Volunteering during your PhD

Finding time to volunteer can be challenging, especially if you are a PhD student. Whilst it’s important to note that volunteering is not for everyone, maybe due to personal responsibilities, family or financial constraints, it can be a very enriching and rewarding experience for doctoral students.

Here Hannah Cottrell, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, shares some of […]

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    Guest blog by Ellen O’Doherty: volunteering with SmartWorks

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 Blog by Tiffany Hoi-Lun Yau: One-off volunteering

Tiffany (BSc in Management, 2018 and MSc in Accounting and Finance, 2019) has attended multiple one-off volunteering sessions during her time at LSE! Read on to find out about her experience at two of the sessions…
I signed up for the volunteering sessions since the sense of satisfaction and achievement from helping people in need has always been rewarding. Besides […]

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    Guest blog by Samantha Brooks-Hutchinson: Volunteering with Ham House

Guest blog by Samantha Brooks-Hutchinson: Volunteering with Ham House

During the year, the LSE Volunteer Centre runs a one-off volunteering programme, which allows students to volunteer who might not have a lot of time or want to try it for the first time! Samantha (Msc Accounting and Finance, 2019) joined us at Ham House to help wrap up gifts for the local primary school children. Read on to […]

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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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