You might try dropping Dr Ian Howard
of The UK Cybernetics Club
an email, as I'm sure he could give you a pointer, judging from what he wrote at the site...
I am setting up a learning center for robotics in merseyside (uk) for students to get hands on on robots and to build and program one of their own. (my emphasis)
I don't know when
he wrote it, or if his email: greek76(at)siteuk(dot).freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk) is still valid, but at least seems very local to you.
Approach him politely (but don't grovel), show your interest and ask if you could get in on the game (whether you're a student or not).
Then you might wanna take a peek at UK Robot Group
And that's just 2 options (amazing what a spare minute and a search engine can do) there's more UK clubs to find, but I'll leave that to you, as you obviously need some practice searching the web