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FAQ - UCL Students

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.  


What does volunteering involve?

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. 

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What is the time commitment?

At SABL, we are very flexible with the commitment you put in. We will let you know when a new session is available to sign up to, and you can choose which ones you want to come to. We normally ask our volunteers to sign up to at least 1 session per term. 

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How do I get involved?

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.

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Why should I volunteer?

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're flexible - you choose what you volunteer for and when;
  • You can improve key skills, like teaching, communication and teamwork (great for personal statements and CVs!);
  • Make a difference - you're teaching people how to save lives. Saving a human with so much potential: priceless.
  • Get support the whole way through your career with us.
  • Babies! We conduct a lot of our sessions at children's centres, so we often see the odd cute baby! 

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How do I sign up to volunteer at a session?

All of our sessions are listed on our events page. Select the date and session you want, and follow the links to sign up. You'll get a reminder email a few days before the session, and also a number to contact in case of an emergency. 

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Do I need to do anything to prepare for a session?

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:

  • Go over the PowerPoint and make sure you're prepared to present any part of it without looking at the slides too much. There are some suggested notes at the bottom of each slide in the "Notes" section. A link to the slides will be provided via email to you once you sign up.
  • We might hold a refresher session before a session to help you out. This will be communicated to you in an email.
  • Be organised - please arrive on time and prepared (e.g. bring an Oyster Card etc.), and let us know if you are running late.

We organise the baby manikins, certificates and everything else ourselves, so you don't need to worry about this. 

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Where should I meet you before a session?

We will let you know in an email a few days before a session, but it's normally in the foyer of the Lewis Building. You can meet us at the centre instead: please let us know if you intend to do this, and please be on time. 

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I need to leave early - is this possible?

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! 

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How do I get reimbursed for my travel expenses?

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. 

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Can I become a project leader?

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! 

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Do I have to be a medical student to volunteer?

Not at all - we will train and qualify you fully, so there are no prerequisites to volunteer with us.