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Experience Durham

Student Volunteering and Outreach

Students have endless opportunties 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

SCA is a long-standing organisation that involves more than 400 students from across the University in over 40 different voluntary projects. Whether you enjoy working with children, helping the elderly, being outdoors or supporting those with disabilities, SCA will have a project for you. Many of the SCA projects are student-led so you may find yourself starting as a volunteer but then progressing to lead the project! Other projects work in close partnerships with a wide variety of local community organisations.

Volunteers are welcome to join SCA projects throughout the year and there are always one-off opportunities, including Tea Parties or perhaps a litter pick to get involved with so you can give volunteering a try.  All SCA projects are based in the North East and there are SCA Staff based at both Durham and Queen's Campus. For more information contact or for Queen's Campus based projects email

Team Durham Community Outreach

Team Durham Community Outreach offers a range of both sport and non-sport based volunteering opportunities. Projects are wide ranging and are supported by a team of staff, but they always require enthusiastic and committed volunteers. Over the last year Team Durham Community Outreach have organised sports sessions for vulnerable adults, continued the DU SHINE (Durham University strengthening the hearts in the North East) project, which aims to increase physical activity participation in those aged 40-70, delivered sporting activities for people with learning disabilities and worked with young offenders. Student volunteers supported the delivery of a summer sports programme for young people and the 'Second Chance' debating project, which involves service users of The Cyrenians went from strength-to-strength. Team Durham worked with the Durham Young Apprentice programme and involved 20 young people in the organisation of several large sports events.

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 xxxxx

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