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Making a difference at King’s and beyond with volunteering

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King’s has a long history of making a significant contribution to society, driven by the ethos of knowledge with purpose. This means that, alongside delivering world-class education and research, we actively use our knowledge to make a difference in the world beyond King’s.

There are a range of opportunities for you to connect with and contribute to our local communities in London and societies around the world.

Volunteering in our communities

King’s Volunteering is your one-stop shop for discovering opportunities and building connections with people and organisations that are driving positive change locally, nationally and internationally. Develop your skills, tackle issues that are important to you and have fun through volunteering.

From one-off events to regular volunteering opportunities, there's something for everyone. You can do anything from supporting residents in Southwark as a digital ambassador, to delivering food parcels as a volunteer bike rider or acting as an online tutor for young people.

We all have our reasons to volunteer, whether it’s advocating for a social issue, gaining new skills, improving our wellbeing or meeting new people. Whatever your motivation, sign up to King’s Volunteering to connect, discover and make a difference.

Get involved in your students’ union

You can take part of a range of volunteering opportunities with KCLSU, from micro volunteering activities for 10 minutes in one of their cafes to launching large scale projects of your own.

Have a particular interest in a cause or issue? At KCLSU there are nearly 300 societies and student activity groups as well as student networks that combat oppression, discrimination, and inequality faced by students on a local and national level. Networks are representative communities who act as a platform to facilitate connection, collaboration and collective campaigning.

The union also runs the KCLSU Buddy Scheme, where trained student mentors are paired with first year Widening Participation students to offer them guidance and support.

Sign up to the KCLSU newsletter to keep up to date with upcoming opportunities to get involved.

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Have an idea that could change the world? Check out Policy idol

Policy Idol, from the Policy Institute at King’s, is an annual competition open to current students in which contestants pitch their policy ideas to a panel of judges from the worlds of politics, academia and industry.

The competition offers students a chance to win cash prizes and get advice, training and support from leading experts.

Sign up to the Policy Insititute's newsletter to keep up to date with events and opportunities.

Engage with local communities through King’s Civic Leadership Academy

King’s Civic Leadership Academy is a leadership development programme for second-year undergraduate students who are committed to creating a positive change in society.

The programme offers students a unique opportunity to work with community partners and charities to address some of London’s most complex issues in local communities. By becoming a Civic Scholar, students develop the skills and experience that will support them in becoming highly employable, civically minded and engaged citizens.

Learn more about becoming a King's Civic Scholar.

Studying Law? Gain practical experience with King’s Legal Clinic

King’s Legal Clinic aims to serve London with free legal advice and provides Law students with opportunities to work on live cases and to serve their community by promoting social and economic justice.

Students working under the supervision of qualified lawyers will interview clients, analyse their problems and research issues to develop skills and understanding of law in context.

Find out more about what students do and head to the King's Legal Clinic KEATS page to find out how you can get involved.