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Durham University

Staff Volunteering and Outreach

Postgraduate Volunteering

Experience Durham offers a range of volunteering opportunities for postgraduate students. You could volunteer on an ongoing project, which will require a commitment throughout the year, or a one-off Team Challenge day. If you would like to be involved, please contact: or visit:

Project Based Volunteering

One-to-One Tutoring

GCSE and AS/A-level pupils from local schools are paired with appropriate students to help with their academic development in tutor sessions. This is an opportunity to improve grades and raise confidence and aspirations of secondary school pupils in the local community. Once matched , sessions can be tailored to their needs. Sessions are 7-8pm on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday in Elvet Riverside.

NEPACS- Working with Prisoners' Families

NEPACS aims to support prisoners, their families and the community. Volunteers are able to work within either the visitors’ centre at local prisons or, after attaining prison clearance, within the prison itself in the tea bar or crèche.
HMP Durham and HMP Low Newton, flexible days and times.

Keenan House- International Homework Club

Keenan House accommodates international families studying or working in Durham. The homework club provides help to children from all over the world, from a variety of countries and cultures.
Keenan House, is a short bus ride from Durham. Sessions are weekly, on a Monday Evening

Scholars into Schools

Working closely with Durham County Council, this project encourages international students to go into local schools and talk about their home culture. Sessions can be about languages, daily life or anything else you can think of! Location and commitment varies.

Team Challenge Volunteering

RT Projects

RT Projects is a local charity who provide various forms of therapy and support sessions, primarily based around art, to people suffering from mental health conditions. A typical volunteer day would include an art therapy taster session, some practical or admin jobs and a chance to meet the clients at the centre.

Stockton Road Cemetery & Old Durham Gardens

Based close to University grounds, these sites are regular spots for volunteers. Both need ongoing maintenance; at Stockton Road the mission is to provide a wildlife haven, and Old Durham Gardens to restore a popular 17th Century garden retreat.

Postgraduate Project Talks

The project involves postgrad students delivering talks about their research at local community events, run by organisations that regularly seek guest speakers. It aims to enable students to practice their presentation skills, especially to non-specialist audiences.