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Enabling our volunteers to make a difference

(26 February 2019)

Student volunteers on our Generations Together friendship project

Our student volunteering programmes have been praised in an independent assessment, receiving Investing in Volunteers UK Quality status for the third time.

What do student volunteers do?

Our Volunteering and Outreach programmes are student-led and community-focused, offering opportunities that are open to all students. We run over 80 projects involving more than 2,000 students covering: social inclusion, complex needs, education, sport and physical activity, the environment and global citizenship.

We provide our student volunteers with opportunities for training and to gain nationally-accredited qualifications in volunteering.

What’s Investing in Volunteers (IiV)?

It’s the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.

Durham University Student Volunteering was first recognised in 2012 and has been continually reaccredited ever since. This is our third consecutive award.

An IiV assessor interviewed volunteering staff and 80 student volunteers over a week and assessed volunteer management practices, opportunities and training.

‘Valuing volunteering and volunteers’

Quentin Sloper, Director of Experience Durham, which includes staff and student volunteering, said: “We’re very pleased to receive this accreditation again. We’re the only UK university to be accredited for both staff and student volunteering, which shows how highly we value volunteering and also how committed our staff and students are to making a positive impact within the community.”