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Staff Volunteering and Outreach

Volunteer with Us

Durham University offers all staff members the opportunity to volunteer for up to 5-days a year during work time, subject to line manager approval (pro-rata for part time members of staff). The Staff Volunteering and Outreach (SVO) Team facilitate opportunities and support members of staff who wish to engage with the University's employer-supported volunteering scheme and are always interested to hear from new potential community partners with opportunities to volunteer in the North East.

Why volunteer?

Our staff volunteer for many different reasons; some wish to utilise, support or develop their professional experience and skills, while others seek to become more involved in our local community and to 'give something back'. Volunteering enables Durham University staff to support local community organisations and other areas of the University, by sharing skills and knowledge and providing additional support to community groups.

The SVO team are here to enable staff to participate in volunteering; finding opportunities that are flexible in terms of commitment, which are normally the most successful for our volunteers.

While staff do have the opportunity to request up to 5-days a year for volunteering work, this is subject to line-manager approval, but the time can be taken as full days, half-days or a few hours here and there.

What can I do?

Team Challenges are one-off events, usually a day or half a day and involve a groups of staff members either from a particular department or from across the University who come together to complete a practical task. This may be outdoors, for example; gardening, for example supporting a community allotment and other outdoor maintenance, or indoors, for example; painting, store room sorting for charity shops, putting together information packs, or providing administrative support for a charitable organisation. Our community partners come up with all sorts of requests! If you are interested in setting up a Team Challenge for your department please get in touch with us. If you would like to learn more about the kinds of Team Challenges avialable, or join on a pre-existing day, take a look at the latest opportunities.

Individual volunteering. The types of individual roles available vary enormously. Some organisations seek volunteers with particular skills and experience to support their work; for example expertise in marketing, communications, finance, event planning, or research. Placements may be on-going requiring regular availability throughout the year, while other projects require a shorter but more intense period of commitment. Please take a look at the latest vacancies or get in touch to discuss your interests further and we will be willing to find suitable project partners. If you already volunteer, the Durham Staff Volunteering scheme can support your work, by enabling you to take time to attend meetings or particular events.

How to get involved

We request that all volunteers and Community Partners that wish to work with the Staff Volunteering and Outreach team register with us. Once registered, you will have the opportunity to log your volunteer hours with us. Alternatively, please get in touch with us by email or by telephone on 0191 334 2199 to discuss the opportunities that are available.

Register Your Interest as a Volunteer

Register your interest as a volunteer with the Durham University Staff Volunteering Scheme.

Log your Individual Volunteering.