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Durham University

Experience Durham

Student Volunteering

Students have endless opportunities to get involved with volunteering activities both within their colleges and at a wider University level. Information about University level opportunities are detailed below.

Student Community Action - Click here for our website

SCA is a student-led, community-focused organisation. We’re here to respond to the needs of the local community, and to offer unique volunteer opportunities to Durham students. There are a whole host of things to get involved in whether you want to work with children, adults or animals! SCA runs residential trips with children referred through social services, does dog walking for local residents, computer classes for the elderly, works with local schools and prisons and much more. We also run projects supporting other students within our own community; these promote mental wellbeing and keeping safe. There are around 40 different projects, which are open to all students and more details about each of them can be found on our website.

Volunteers are welcome to join SCA projects throughout the year and there are always one-off opportunities to get involved with so you can give volunteering a try. All SCA projects are based in the wider Durham area. The work of our volunteers is supported by student project leaders, a student executive commitee and four members of staff.

For more information visit our website, or if you have a specific question email

Team Durham Community Outreach - Click here for our website

Team Durham Community bring the sport into volunteering! To get involved you don’t necessarily need to be good at sport just willing to get involved and get the local community more active. Volunteer in schools delivering sports classes, work with adults in rehabilitation, with learning disabilities or with mobility issues. The programme covers all ages and abilities so if you are a trained tennis coach or just want go on a walk there is something for everyone.

Team Durham offers students the opportunity to volunteer internationally during the summer as part of the Sport in Action Zambia project. In partnership with a selection of UK Universities the partnership selects and trains specialist sports and media students who travel to the Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. They spend their time working with local volunteers, organising and delivering school PE lessons, community sports programmes and health awareness workshops within some of the most deprived areas of the city. For more information about volunteering opportunities with the Team Durham Community Outreach team contact