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King’s Volunteering

 

Volunteering is a great way to make a positive difference in the world. From supporting a charity's fundraising efforts to speaking with an isolated person on the phone, there are numerous ways that you can give back and meet the needs of King's diverse communities.

Volunteering also has numerous personal benefits, including:

  • Enhancing your university experience both as a student and member of staff
  • Improving wellbeing and reducing isolation
  • Learning new skills and developing existing skills 

Download our Volunteering Inspiration Pack (PDF 947KB) which includes tips and tricks, how to organise your own volunteering activities, and one-off informal volunteering if you're stuck for time! Hands On London have also created a bumper guide of organisations you can help easily in London. 

To discover ways to volunteer, see the opportunities further down this page.

Remember that the main priority when volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic should be to keep yourself and others safe. Before volunteering you should carefully read the government guidelines for wherever you are, and the information provided by the charity or community organisation you are volunteering with. Read the UK government’s guidelines on how to help safely.

Service Time - King's staff

As well as volunteering in your own time, everyone employed by King's can choose to spend up to three days per year (pro-rated) doing voluntary work for an external cause such as a charitable organisation, or within your community using Service Time (internal).

Volunteer through KCLSU

  • Students can browse volunteering opportunities through the KCLSU Volunteering Record. Here you can find a range of remote and in-person volunteering opportunities in the local community.
  • You can also stay up to date with new volunteering opportunities, news and events by signing up to the KCLSU newsletter and selecting your interests as ‘volunteering opportunities’.
  • Students at King's can log hours for any time spent volunteering to work towards a KCLSU Volunteering Award. Watch KCLSU's video on logging your volunteering hours to find out more.
  • If you know somebody who has made a contribution to society through volunteering, nominate them for KCLSU's Volunteer of the Month. You can nominate yourself, a friend or a student you know of that is doing something great in the community.

There are also many extra-curricular activities for students at King’s where you can meet new people, develop skills, gain experience and make a difference.

Explore and share 

    • Find out more about how our students, staff and alumni support our local, national and international communities by reading Our stories’.
    • If you have a story to share, or a query about volunteering, contact service@kcl.ac.uk
    • Let us know how you are making a difference by tagging @ServiceAtKings on Twitter and Instagram, and by using the hashtags #ServiceAtKings and #WeAreKings.

Charities, community organisations and social enterprises

  • If you would like to advertise your volunteering opportunities to King’s students and staff, please get in touch with service@kcl.ac.uk 
  • To see other ways King's can support you or your communities, such as free online sports classes, free legal advice and access to research, check out our #KingsLocal pages.
  • To learn more about how your data will be used by King’s Volunteering, read our data protection and privacy policy.