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Staff Volunteering - October newsletter

(20 October 2017)

Have you seen the Staff Volunteering monthly newsletter? It’s filled with loads of current opportunities between now and Christmas. From gardening to painting, crafts to warehouse sorting, we have opportunities for everyone. If you or your department are interested in volunteering, please email If you have a particular charity in mind which isn’t advertised in the newsletter, do get in touch as we would be happy to arrange a volunteering day for you. If you would like to be added to the newsletter mailing list, please email

Welcome to October’s newsletter! Below is a list of the current individual and group opportunities with a few new opportunities added in. If you or your department are interested in volunteering with us over the next academic term then please register your interest or email and we’ll endeavour to help you to get out and volunteer.

As always, if you have a particular area of interest or charity in mind that isn’t listed below, just get in touch and we will be happy to arrange a date for you. More organisations and descriptions can be found here.

Team Days

Durham Wildlife Trust: The task will be clearing the woodland edge trees to try and create a more diverse habitat between the grassland and the woodland.

  • Monday 6 November
  • 9.30am - 3pm

Durham (Chester-le-Street) Foodbank: A morning of sorting and packing donations.

  • Friday 8 December
  • 9.30am - 1.30pm
  • 8-10 volunteers

Durham Cathedral: Tasks might include willow screening, weeding, litter picking and tree planting.

  • Friday 24 November (10am - 1pm)
  • Up to 15 volunteers

St Cuthbert’s Hospice: Helping sort the winter stock for the shops and assisting with stock sorting, pricing and packaging for the Chester-le-Street shop which is currently undergoing a refit at the Meadowfield Warehouse/Furniture store.

  • Flexible dates
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Up to 10 volunteers

RT Projects: 3 tasks: upcycle plastic bottles into collection boxes using papier mache, organise and package the mosaic tile collection and to upcycle old newspapers into carrier bags.

  • Mondays (all day), Wednesday (am) and Friday (pm)
  • Flexible times
  • Up to 8 volunteers

WillowBurn Hospice: Preparing paper baubles for their Tree of Remembrance, wrapping and preparing Christmas merchandise for various events, and arranging gifts for their Ladies Day.

  • Flexible dates and times
  • Any size group

Daisy Chain: Opportunities at both the superstore (sorting donations) and at the farm (painting, gardening, outdoor maintenance).

  • Flexible dates and times
  • They are looking for volunteers for the superstore the w/c 13th November
  • 8 – 10 volunteers

DASH (Durham Action on Single Housing): A number of properties need painting (walls, ceilings and doors) and plant beds and the car park need tidying up at the new office accommodation.

  • Flexible dates and times
  • Around 6 volunteers per task


Individual Volunteering Opportunities

Celebrate Science: This year’s festival will run from Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th October. Celebrate Science brings together exhibitors and displays from across the university to showcase science to children in a fun and engaging way. More information can be found here:

The festival is looking for volunteers to help welcome visitors, hand out leaflets and answer queries, marshalling duties and recording the number of visitors attending. Shifts are split into morning and afternoon but you can volunteer for as many shifts as you like! If interested, please email Poppy Gilmore via

Lumiere Festival*: The light festival is running 16th – 19th November and is looking for volunteers to welcome visitors to the city, direct people to different installations, tell people about the artwork and help run the Festival Visitor Hub. For more information and to sign up visit

Beyond Boundaries: Student Community Action (SCA) are looking for willing drivers to transport their volunteers to and from the Beyond Boundaries site on the 15 November and 21 February. There is also scope for staff to volunteer alongside the students. More information about Beyond Boundaries can be found here:

*Please note that these events are on weekends/some of the days are on weekends.

Volunteering is becoming an increasingly important aspect of University work therefore it’s vital that we are able to keep a record of all staff volunteering. All Team Challenge volunteering is already captured on our database but we would ask all staff who undertake individual volunteering in work time to ensure that they continue to log their hours via the Staff Volunteering website ( please. This will ensure we always have an up to date picture of all volunteering ongoing.

If you have any queries or would just like to discuss volunteering in general please do get in touch and we will do our best to assist you.

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