Volunteering

Live London Locally

At SU London we encourage students to engage with local volunteering opportunities and sustainable initiatives. London is really just a network of villages, each with their own ecosystem and volunteering within these communities offers students a chance to connect with locals and see a side of London that they may not otherwise be exposed to. If you are interested in any of the opportunities below please contact Olivia Compton, the Community Engagement Officer: ofcompto@syr.edu.

NB: short-term immigration rules require that students do not take employment, including paid or unpaid (scheduled) work. For more information please speak with Olivia in the Program Office.

Spring 2017 Volunteering Schedule: One-off opportunities

Week 3
Friday 2nd Feb: Amurt UK event, come and meet the Amurt UK volunteers involved in the feeding program. Open house with vegan pizza served from 7pm. 3a Cazenove road, N16 6PA.

Week 4 
Volunteer at the upcoming LGBT Festival – Unnatural Acts 2017, Omnibus SW4 0QW. Wednesday 8th February/ Thursday 9th at 6.30pm or Friday 10th February at 8.30pm. Hosting a wide range of performances to celebrate 50 Years since the Sexual Offences Act of 1967. Volunteers needed- ushers and front of house.

Week 5
Volunteer as an underground station collector on the 14th February for the charity Action on Hearing Loss, the largest charity confronting deafness and hearing loss in the UK. Our friend Jennifer, the Senior Fundraising Events Executive for the charity grew up in Syracuse and would love SU London students to take part in her events.

Week 6
Volunteer for the Spring Social Development project, 25th Feb 9.30am-1.30pm.
This project uses creative workshops to support people of all abilities and ages to discover and develop their potential. Two volunteers are paired with a person with a learning disability or autism and together they take part in a wide range of activities. No previous experience necessary but volunteers must attend two training days, more information on the website.

Week 7
Take part in the  Broadgate Tower sponsored stair climb, organised by the UK charity Action on Hearing Loss, climbing to the top of London’s impressive Broadgate Tower. Thirty-five floors and 877 steps will earn you both a panoramic view of London and a reception to celebrate your accomplishment. Saturday 4th March, central London.

Week 8
Volunteer at  Muscle Hill Soup Kitchen, which serves food to those in need five days a week. Please note that you have to register and met the team before you volunteer.

Week 9
If you are passionate about re-use, arts and craft and education Work and Play Scrapstore are looking for volunteers. At the Scrapstore things are made from scrap materials instead of being thrown out. Visit the website for more details.

Week 10
Volunteer at Winter Wellbeing festival organised by local charity Manor Gardens Welfare Trust, on the 20th March between 12.30 and 4pm. The event is on International Happiness Day, to ‘blow away the winter blues and learn all about the opportunities there are in Islington to feel good and have fun’. There will be a wide range of interactive information stalls plus and taster sessions of Zumba, yoga, a choir workshop, massage, poetry and music. Volunteer as a steward, serving refreshments, a photographer or an entertainment crew coordinator- making sure the performers know when their slot is.

Week 11
Volunteer on the 27th March at FCV’s  Lunch club for the Elderly: a befriending project running from 9.30am-2.30pm. Volunteers can help out in many ways including befriending an elderly person, setting up and helping with food preparation.  Vibast Community Centre, 163 Old Street London. 

Week 12
Join other volunteers gardening with Bankside Open Space Trust on the 4th April from 10am-1pm. Red Cross Garden, 50 Redcross Way, London SE1 1HA

Week 13
Volunteer as an underground station collector on the 11th April for the charity Action on Hearing Loss, the largest charity confronting deafness and hearing loss in the UK. Vauxhall station.

Walk with March for Science London on the 22nd April to celebrate and raise awareness for the accomplishments and impact of science over the years. Registration is free!

Week 14: 
London Marathon volunteering at cheer points: 23rd April. Volunteer with UK charity Action on Hearing Loss at their cheer points, encouraging their team on while soaking up the incredible atmosphere.

Week 15: 
Volunteer at the Notre Dam Refugee Centre, a charity that provides support for refugees and asylum seekers so that they can play a full role in society and achieve a better quality of life.

For more information on other volunteering opportunities sustainable initiatives click here.