With SCA, you can get involved in a number of student-led projects with adults. They’re a great way to interact with other generations and people from different backgrounds: they can offer lasting friendships and valuable life experience.
This project works with over 18s who have learning difficulties. It aims to improve their employability and social skills, and generally support them in going forward and achieving. Each week volunteers will organise and run an employability session, followed by a social event where both volunteers and service users can get to know each other and feel more confident in a social setting.
We’re looking for enthusiastic and supportive volunteers with great ideas to get this project up and running.
Where? Durham city
When? Week night
Computers & Tea
Volunteers help teach basic computer skills to local residents, particularly the elderly. We run a weekly session for programmes of approximately 5 weeks length, however volunteers can attend as many as they prefer. The sessions include breaks with tea and biscuits where volunteers and residents chat in a friendly environment. No advanced knowledge is necessary, so come and join us!
Where? Durham Clayport Library
When? Saturday mornings
Contact Chrissy and Rebecca at email@example.com
We offer a place for international students to meet up with fluent English- speaking volunteers to make friends, have fun, and learn about one another’s cultures whilst improving their confidence in English communication. Meeting weekly, volunteers take part in discussions and language games. The project is a great opportunity for both language and international students to practice their language skills, as well as other students wanting to brush up on speaking and listening in a foreign language. There will be fun activities planned, such as film nights and themed socials, so come along either to help or to learn!
Where? Palace Green
When? Mondays, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Generations together aims to alleviate the loneliness and isolation sometimes felt by older people in the local community. Two volunteers are paired with one elderly resident to visit their home on a weekly or fortnightly basis for conversation and companionship. Occasionally volunteers help with small tasks such as gardening or shopping, and the project hosts a Christmas party with tea and cake for both volunteers and residents.
Where? Durham City centre
When? Mutually convenient times
Contact Anna and Martha at email@example.com
GOALS Youth Group
GOALs runs informal weekly sessions involving activities and trips for adults with learning disabilities, helping to widen the opportunities available to them. Volunteers spend time chatting and relaxing with the service users, ensuring that they benefit from the wide variety of sessions that we run. Recent activities have included ice skating, baking and a fireworks display at Beamish. New ideas are always welcome, so we’d love to hear from you! Weekly commitment is not required but volunteers are asked to participate regularly.
Where? Vane Tempest Hall in Gilesgate
When? Fortnightly, on Mondays
Contact Helen, Ruth, Eisha and David at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mental Health Project aims to provide a community-based service which helps to support people affected by mental health issues. We provide a relaxed and informal environment for our volunteers and service users, with projects in three areas. Activities include arts and crafts, a choir, and an active listening and befriending service. No special experience is required, only friendliness and enthusiasm!
Where? Varied locations
Contact Hannah, Jasmin and Mia at email@example.com
NEPACS is an external organisation that runs the visitor centres at several prisons in the north east. Their aim is to build bridges between prisoners, their families and the community. Volunteers are able to work, for example, in the tea bar or youth room in the visitor centre or inside the prison. Volunteers will be working with a very welcoming and knowledgeable team of local volunteers. Places are limited, so we are looking for keen, friendly and reliable people to volunteer. Owing to the length of the DBS clearing process, the application deadline is mid -October.
Where? HMP Durham and HMP Low Newton
Contact Suzanne and Ee Ling at firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Chance uses sport as a vehicle to improve the social skills, physical health and general wellbeing of hard to reach community members. The project will focus upon local community members from disaffected backgrounds that currently engage with us through partner organisations such as The Cyrenians, County Durham Drug and Alcohol Services, NHS, DASS, and DRAW.
This project is looking for project leaders and volunteers to help it expand into new sports, as well as drama and games (in conjuction with Experience Durham)
Ideal for those that cannot commit to regular volunteering hours, this project works with local care homes, organisations and other SCA projects to host tea parties for elderly residents in Durham. Entertainment varies, and volunteers can decide their level of commitment and role – for example, from baking to just turning up and chatting! We’re particularly to keen to hear from those with ideas for how to reach even more elderly residents. The tea parties happen once or twice a term and everyone is welcome throughout the year, so please get in touch!
Where? St. Oswald’s Church Hall
When? 2 or 3 Wednesday afternoons per term