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Student volunteering successes

(13 January 2020)

We have a very active and engaged student volunteer community, and during Michaelmas Term alone we inducted over 1,000 new volunteers.

Over 1,700 volunteers gave over 7,400 hours of their time to help local causes and develop their own skills.

Our students volunteered on 33 ongoing projects and lots one-off activities, including litter picks at local beaches and other environmental activities. 

Michaelmas Term highlights

Highlights from Michaelmas Term include Go Volunteer Week in November. Over five days, 56 students volunteered 124 hours stress-busting with teenagers and adults with learning difficulties, running a coding club for primary school students, helping stray animals and lots more.

Our one-to-one tutoring project was a great success and over 80 local school pupils received weekly tutoring sessions from students. 

Festive highlights

We had some festive highlights too. Our students joined with the Alington House Visually Impaired Group to decorate a beautiful tree for the Elvet Church Christmas Tree Festival and students donated over 320kg of food, which equates to 403 meals, to the Chester-le-Street Foodbank as part of our Beyond Food Christmas Donation drive.

A Santa v. Elves Football match was held in support of Participation Football, which helps Durham residents improve their physical and mental well-being by focusing on positive health choices and clean living.

Volunteers also raised almost £500 to support our projects through hot chocolate sales, a Christmas quiz and a raffle to win a cake baked by our very own Henry from the Great British Bakeoff. 

Get involved

Our Student Volunteering and Community Outreach team has lots of new and exciting opportunities planned for Epiphany Term and there are so many ways you can get involved. If you'd like to know more, visit the team in the Experience Durham office (Palatine Centre) or read our volunteering webpages.


Find out more

Find Durham University Student Volunteering and Outreach on Facebook and Twitter

Read more about volunteering opportunities

Watch our Student Community Action video