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Our Student-Led Volunteering scheme exists to give you the chance to turn your bright ideas into projects that have a real impact on the lives of other Londoners. We provide staff support, project management training, and you can apply for up to £750 to help with running costs. Your ideas don’t have to be fully worked out – we can help with that bit too.

Last year, over 60 different UCL student teams set up and ran their own community projects – from sports activities in schools, first aid training for parents on low incomes, a clothing bank for people experiencing homelessness, and a play scheme for young children in hospital.

Getting Started

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We also provide training to help you get the most out of the experience of running your own project. This two hour workshop covers project planning, evaluation, building links with community organisations, recruiting & managing volunteers, and safe volunteering.


You can apply for up to £750 to run your project - in addition, your travel costs (and those of your volunteers) will be covered by the Volunteering Service.

For Current Project Leaders

You can access the Student-Led Project platform here.

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What students say about Student-Led Volunteering

“I’d always had big volunteering dreams, but I never could have realised them without the support of the VSU. Thank you for helping me bring smiles to so many children and UCL volunteers and giving me the confidence to believe my dreams could become reality!”
Jess French, Roots & Shoots Project

“My planning and organization skills were greatly improved! I have also gained invaluable knowledge and patience on working with teenagers!”
Khafil Animashaun, Book Club

“Leading the Language Skills Pool Project allowed me to join my passion for languages with a wonderful opportunity to help local communities. It is definitely worth all the effort!”
Kasia Leszczynska, Language Skills Pool