Volunteering Opportunities & Sustainable Initiatives

We encourage students to take part in volunteering initiatives while they are in London. Below are examples of some of the organisations you can volunteer with.

The Arc Community Centre, Islington
The Arc holds a variety of classes, workshops and events aimed at engaging with members of the local and wider community from all age groups and backgrounds.  To attend their classes or volunteer at the centre visit their website here.

Save the Children: help out in a local charity shop
To find your local Save the Children charity shop click here.

Donate clothes to Help Refugees
Donate your unwanted clothes to this young grassroots collective, that tries to create a more dynamic form of aid in Calais and Greece. For more information click here.

Ronald McDonald House Charity: Cooking for families who have children in hospital.
SU London will be collaborating with CEA Study abroad and leading a third trip this semester to Ronald McDonald House. Our next visit will be on Wednesday 1st November.

Green Gym
Want to improve your health and well-being but not too keen on running machines and lycra? Green Gym inspires you to improve your health and the environment at the same time. Experienced leaders guide you through a range of practical projects, giving you the opportunity to tackle physical jobs in the outdoors – improving your strength and stamina, boosting your practical skills and confidence and benefitting your local green spaces.

E5 Bakehouse’s Just Bread scheme
Buy bread and support refugees with E5 Bakehouse’s Just Bread scheme. Every Tuesday morning for the last month, eight refugee women have been joining the team at e5 on a unique bread making course. The Just Bread program, funded by The Refugee Council, was created to support the therapeutic needs of refugee women, whilst enabling them to learn new baking skills and ultimately paving the way to regular employment in this country.  Together with weekly bread making classes here at the bakery, participants also receive on-going employment support, English classes and other training opportunities to ensure they have a real chance of finding employment and building a future for themselves in the UK.

North London Cares
North London Cares is a community network of young professionals and older neighbours offering one another a little extra time, practical help, social connection and human companionship.Their work tackles the growing problem of isolation and loneliness in our capital city, to help improve the confidence, resilience, skills and connections of all participants so that old and young can better navigate a rapidly changing modern world, and to bring people together across long-standing social and generational divides.

Good Deed Dating
Good Deed Dating: Blending good deeds with great dates, bringing together kind-hearted single people to engage in volunteering activities whilst meeting new like-minded companions. Planting the seed of a common goal and letting relationships develop.

Food Cycle
Food Cycle: A national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. To learn more about the volunteering opportunities click here.

Be Enriched Food Projects
Volunteer with Be Enriched food projects at the Battersea Canteen, cooking up a feast every Tuesday from 6.30pm at the London Cooking Project, 1 Ethelburga Street in Battersea.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army work with some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities; including homeless people, older people, unemployed people, those suffering from addictions, as well as victims of human trafficking and major emergencies. If you enjoy spending time with people and have some skills you’d like to share do get in contact.

Natural History Museum
Volunteer at the Natural History Museum for a day, giving you a genuine collections-based experience and supporting the museum’s work.

Westminster Chapel Food Bank
Volunteer at the Westminster Chapel Food bank, which provides three days’-worth of nutritionally balanced (non-perishable) food to residents in the Borough of Westminster experiencing financial crisis, through a voucher scheme.

Unseen Tours
Take an Unseen tour, led by people who are or have been homeless, gaining a unique insight of the city.

Trees for Cities
Volunteer for Trees for cities, planting urban trees to tackle air pollution, bringing local people together and inspiring health and well-being.

Active 360
Volunteer for Active 360, who run river clean-ups through their Paddle & Pick scheme.

Buy your clothes from TRAID charity shops: stores that fund sustainable fashion by increasing clothes reuse across the UK and reducing waste, carbon emissions and consumption.

Happy Café
Visit London’s first Happy Cafe, aiming to improve happiness and wellbeing in the city.

Students can volunteer just once a week with Akwaaba to aid in the Refugee Crisis. Each Sunday afternoon at Princess May Primary School, volunteers facilitate social activities from arts and crafts to choir workshops with refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants.

London Wildlife Trust

The London Wildlife Trust  is dedicated to protecting London’s wildlife and wild spaces. Volunteer at one-off events or on a regular basis to support nature and wildlife in London.

Volunteer Centre Camden

Volunteer Centre Camden lists volunteering opportunities in Camden, with the aim of increasing volunteering and improving life in Camden through active citizenship.

UCL Student Union

Click here to see the UCL Student Union’s list of one-off volunteering events.

Hands On London

Hands On London is a network that lists volunteering opportunities.


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.