run your own student-led volunteering project with the volunteering office!

student-led volunteering projects put you in charge.

  • do you have the passion and drive to make positive changes?
  • have you spotted a problem in your local community that seems to go unnoticed?
  • did you know that the Skills Development Office funds students to run their own volunteering projects?

our Skills Development team wants to help you!


'what's it all about?'

student-led projects can be whatever you want! if you have a certain group of people you'd like to help; an environmental issue you'd like to tackle; or you'd just like to share your talents with the world- there's an opportunity for anything.

running your own project is a great way to tackle a community issue close to your heart, whilst inspiring others to get involved. when you take charge of a project you will also excercise additional project management skills. from design, to time management, to volunteer recruitment, they're all going to look great on your CV. it's a win-win!


'I don't know how!'

don't worry if you are not sure if you know how to run your own volunteering opportunity, anyone can be a student leader and the Student Opportunities Office will support you from start to finish. we will provide you with training, advice and funding to enable you to get your idea off the ground. you also have the entirety of your time at Kingston University to complete the project, and the Skills Development Team will work with you to plan everything around your timetable and free time. 


'what if I can't think of a good idea?'

don't worry! have a look at some past projects and see if any of them inspire you.

you can also read about some of their experiences here!

previous students have:

- run art, drumming, IT and cultural Caribbean activities for young people.

- knitted hats for premature babies in local hospitals and made bunting for community festivals. 

- written a booklet on LGBT issues to raise awareness in schools.

- created a cookbook for carers.

- led drama workshops and created a christmas pantomime with MIND.

- taught Taekwondo, American Football and Rugby to young carers.

- Thames River clean (we pulled out 108 trollies from the river!).

- taught mindfulness in schools. 

still not sure? you can also book an informal chat with a team member, who can help you with developing a community issue you are passionate about into a fully fledged project. 


'I'm interested!'

to get started email a Volunteering Project Proposal form to, with your project idea! Samantha, our Skills Development Coordinator, will then book a time with you to chat about making your project a reality.