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Volunteering in the Community

Queen Mary students have been volunteering across London for the past 90 years. From the Queen Mary campuses in Tower Hamlets and beyond, students have had a tremendous direct impact locally. 

Today, Queen Mary students are encouraged to play an active role in their local community through their studies, and are offered many extra-cirricular opportunities to volunteer in the local area. 

Queen Mary Students' Union Volunteering Opportunities

The Students' Union offers a range of opportunities for students to gain new skills and experiences, meet new people, and make a positive difference. With a variety of one-off, short-term or ongoing opportunities to choose from, there is something to suit everyone.

There are a range of opportunities for students to volunteer in the local Tower Hamlets community and across London. All opportunities are provided by voluntary, charitable and not-for-profit organisations and there are plenty of roles to suit different interests and time commitments. Students can find and apply for opportunities directly via the Students’ Union’s website.

Students can also join student-led Volunteering Groups to volunteer alongside other Queen Mary students and help run activities in the local community.

All students who volunteer in these community volunteering activities can log their hours to receive Volunteering Hours Awards.

Community Foundation is a sports leadership and volunteering programme based in the Students' Union which trains student volunteers as coaches, referees and sports leaders. Students are then partnered with a number of local schools, sports clubs and sporting organisations to help deliver sport locally, resulting in more opportunities for our local communities to be active. In return for community outreach, our leaders benefit from a bespoke rewards package that includes certificates, clothing and funded qualifications.

Find out more about the programmes available and how to become a partner organisation on the Community Foundation website.

Students can get involved in supporting student-led RAG (Raise and Give) activity and help raise thousands of pounds for charity each year.

There are hundreds of student-led clubs and societies for Queen Mary students to choose from: from academic to faith groups, campaigning to music groups, and political to social groups. Many groups partner with local organisations to volunteer their time in their area of interest.

You can search clubs and societies to find out more about what they do and how to connect with them.

The Students’ Union supports students to run environmental campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness of issues, create change and develop skills. There are also opportunities for students to have a direct impact on the local environment through volunteering. Find out how to get involved on the Students’ Union website.

Queen Mary Student Volunteering Partnerships

Queen Mary has partnered with charities and community groups for students to develop skills whilst volunteering on specific projects. These include:

  • The Access Project: Queen Mary students volunteering with The Access Project tutor a local 14-16 year old from a disadvantaged background over an academic year, to help them fulfill their potential in their GCSEs.  
  • ReachOut Level Up ExperienceThe ReachOut Level Up Experience is a year-long volunteering scheme with our charity partner, ReachOutReachOut is a mentoring charity working with young people aged 9-16 in local disadvantaged areas, to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and attainment. This is achieved through one-to-one mentoring with students and team activities, to promote leadership, trust and responsibility. More details of the can be found on the ReachOut webpage 
  • Future Global Leaders ForumThe Future Global Leaders Forum enables students to experience leadership opportunities and make positive change across our campuses and in our local community. Projects with local non-profit organisations are accompanied by a programme of skills development sessions and work shadowing opportunties with local leaders.  Email the Programme Leader, Dr Rosemary Clyne for more details on how your organisation can be involved