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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

Queen Mary Students’ Union (QMSU) facilitates many ways for students to volunteer,  engaging with hundreds of community partners to coordinate and deliver opportunities.  

Community Volunteering

Over 800 students each year volunteer their time, skills and enthusiasm to their local communities by volunteering. The volunteering service, QMSU Volunteering, have hundreds of charities and non-profit organisations registered in order to provide a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved in. 

Find out more about registering your organisation and opportunities on the QMSU Volunteering website.

Community Sport Volunteering

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.  

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


Queen Mary students fundraise thousands of pounds on an annual basis for local, national and international charities and causes. The QMSU Raise and Give (RAG) fundraising activities are student-led, with students organising a wide variety of events to raise funds. 

Find out more about this years’ work and how to become a chosen charity here.

Student Societies

There are hundreds of student societies for Queen Mary students to be a part of, from academic to faith groups, campaigning to music groups, and political to social groups.  Many groups partner with local organisations to volunteer their time linking to their area of interest. 

You can search for a society to find out more about what they do and how you could connect with them.

Local Campaigns

Thousands of Queen Mary students are local residents in Tower Hamlets and the east London boroughs surrounding the Queen Mary campuses, so challenges affecting local residents also affect students. QMSU is involved in making change in the community in a number of different ways ranging from housing to road safety, zero tolerance and improving mental health. 

Connect with the Students’ Union Executive Officer team to find out more about campaign plans for this academic year.

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