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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Volunteering

Community

Give something back to the local community you'll call home while living in and around Durham.

35,000 hours

The total amount of time our students volunteered this year

Over 80 projects

Whatever your interest, you can get involved with a volunteering project or activity to suit you, including sport, conservation and outreach.

Develop your skills

Student volunteers benefit from outstanding training and can gain nationally accredited qualifications in volunteering.

Make a real difference - Student volunteering projects are student-led and community focused, allowing you to learn new skills and make a positive impact.

Student Community Action (SCA) 6th Form Tutoring Project

Student Community Action (SCA) 6th Form Tutoring Project

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Durham University students from (SCA) volunteer to tutor local 6th form students, working with them to offer help and support throughout their studies.

 

Student Volunteering

Every year our student volunteers work in local community projects through college initiatives and Student Community Action (SCA).. SCA runs 50 community, educational and recreational projects each year and offer additional support to many others.It is student-led and student-focused, matching volunteers to activities including sport, children's parties, conservation projects, and even prison visiting.
It is easy to volunteer; there are SCA Reps attached to each college and many colleges run their own specific volunteer projects. In return for giving your time, you'll get to learn new skills, meet new people and make new friends.
 

Be part of the community


Volunteering, getting involved in an outreach project can be a fun way to do get more involved in the local community. The variety of outreach projects you can take part in gives you great opportunities to gain work experience that can enhance your future career prospects.
And if you're interested in working with a community further afield, you might want to take the opportunity to travel and help communities across the world.
 

Help a new generation

Our Student Association Scheme offers opportunities to work with children in local schools, helping to raise their aspirations and achieve more. If you're interested in a career in teaching or working with young people, it's great way to gain experience in a classroom. If you choose to take part in the scheme, you receive full training and even get paid a bursary once you have completed a 15-day placement.
There are also opportunities to become a Durham Student Ambassador., working on a host of activities including one-to-one mentoring with other students, summer schools and University recruitment events.
 

Protect the environment

We are committed to maintaining and improving the quality of the environment. There are many student-run environmental initiatives that you can support by getting involved with projects ranging from local food production to wildlife preservation.
We also have our own environment office, Greenspace, which works with students in all colleges to undertake a range of initiatives including Environment Week, energy competitions and the Green Move Out Scheme.
Find out more or sign up to the environment bulletin via the Greenspace student webpages.
 
Join the volunteering movement with Student Community Action!

Join the volunteering movement with Student Community Action!

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With over 40 projects to get involved with, Student Community Action has a volunteering opportunity for everyone at Durham University. It's a great way to make friends, escape the Durham bubble and most importantly, give back to the local community. All volunteers are also given access to exclusive training programs throughout the year to develop new skills. To get involved or find out more, visit www.scadurham.ac.uk or email community.action@durham.ac.uk

Overseas projects

We have many links with charity and volunteering projects across the world. As a student you could get involved in charity projects overseas such as Project Sri Lanka and Project Thailand. 

Student volunteers are also involved in Sport Action Zambia which focuses on sports development and personal development through sports projects.