If you are a student at UCL (including a volunteer with us), then this is the FAQ for you! If you're in the wrong place, go back to the main page.
Once you're signed up to our mailing list, we will email you to fill out an application form: the best 12 or so will be accepted to volunteer with us. Once accepted, you'll need to come to a training session (from 1-4 days depending on our trainer), where you will be trained and assessed by the RLSS to become a community instructor. You'll also get your DBS Check form filled out. When that's all done, you're ready to volunteer!
You'll be teaching a group of 10-20 people (on average) each time, alongside a couple of other of our volunteers. We typically run around 10-20 sessions a year all over London, and each one will last around 2 hours (or less). These are mainly between November and April, leaving some time after that for you to concentrate on your exams.
Applications to volunteer normally open at around mid-October, and close at the end of October. The best way to know if we're still recruiting is to email us and subscribe to our mailing list. If applications are closed, then we can put you down on our mailing list for next year's prospective volunteers. You can also join our Facebook page from our homepage.
Our volunteers find the experience very rewarding, and we're all a friendly bunch of people! Just a few reasons why you should volunteer with us:
We want our sessions to be as good and informative as possible for our attendees, so we do ask you to prepare to a certain extent before a session. Here's what you can do:
No problem. Just let us know in advance. We do, however, request that every volunteer contacts us once they get to their destination if they leave before we arrive back at UCL. This is for your own safety, and you are our responsibility while volunteering with us!
You can claim your travel costs at the VSU. You will need to go to the first floor of the Lewis Building to the Volunteering Services Unit (VSU), and say that you are from Save a Baby's Life and wish to be reimbursed for your travel costs. You will need with you your UCL ID and a printout of your journey history or the travel ticket you used on the day. It might also be useful to have your bank details handy just in case they want to know where to transfer the money. The document containing all the details is here.
Keeping our project alive is very important, so project leaders play a vital role. They organise the project, feed back to the RLSS and the VSU, and complete administrative work. Being a leader is rewarding and can help you develop key skills. To become a project leader, keep an eye out for an email towards the end of the academic year. You'll need to undergo a few hours of training, and also come to a handover session. You'll get plenty of support, so don't worry!
Not at all - we will train and qualify you fully, so there are no prerequisites to volunteer with us.