Individual Volunteer Vacancies
Below are opportunities offered by some of partners that the Staff Volunteering & Outreach team currently work with. Please register your interest if you would like further information about these opportunities.
Current Trustee Vacancies
DASH (Durham Action on Single Housing) and Old Durham Gardens both have vacancies for trustees. Trustees use their skills and knowledge to help guide the direction of the charity and make a lasting difference. If interested please email Trevor Atkinson (DASH) via email@example.com and Chris Lee (Old Durham Gardens) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Palace Green Library
Due to the high visitor numbers, the library is looking for staff to volunteer and invigilate at their exhibitions, specifically the new exhibitions entitled Between Worlds: Folklore and Fairy Tales from Northern Britain and Hell, Heaven and Hope: a journey through life and the afterlife with Dante. Tasks will include visitor engagement, questionnaires, and observations for data gathering as well as invigilating. Volunteers are needed Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 but half day slots are available. If interested, please contact email@example.com
Where: Palace Green Library
FACT is looking for volunteers to help at one of their Sunderland shops every Wednesday or every other Wednesday. They will have two shops for around 4/5 months and need support to run both stores. If interested, please email Marshall Lawson via Marshall.Lawson@fact-cancersupport.co.uk
Durham Business Ambassadors
Working with the Durham Education Business Partnership, volunteer Business Ambassadors are sought to help deliver career and enterprise sessions in primary and secondary schools across County Durham. Find out more from Business Ambassador volunteer, Jen Barton.
When: Flexible - 2-3 sessions per academic year and half-day training sessions are available throughout the year
Where: Throughout County Durham
Many schools throughout the North East are seeking School Governors. In partnership with SGOSS we are seeking staff members who are interested in becoming governors. Volunteers do not need any previous experience. Meetings usually take place once or twice per school term, in the late afternoon and early evening.
When:Weekday afternoon meetings, once or twice per term
Many charities throughout the North East are seeking trustees to join their board in a variety of capacities. Whilst volunteers do not need any previous experience, it is advised that you have an interest/passion for the organisation. If you require training or further information, the SVO Team will endeavour to coordinate this with CAVOS. See current vacancies and opportunities here.
Wildlife monitor with Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Seasonal)
Volunteers are needed to monitor nest-boxes which have been hung around University woodland. Other monitoring tasks available include: mammal cameras, moth traps and general monitoring.
When: Flexible -although suggested as lunch time walk.
Where: Great High Woods
Drug Testing and Research with the Loop
The Loop specialise in drug awareness and harm reduction, and work on the ground throughout the summer at various festivals in the UK and abroad. They are looking for volunteers to help to research drug use at festivals, and those with experience or interest in drug testing to assist in testing substances of concern. They also have opportunities for general welfare at festivals.
When: A number of dates over the summer/ ongoing
Where: Various sites across UK & Europe (expenses paid)
Contact: Fiona Measham
Durham Pointers were set up in 2012 to provide a welcoming, information and mobile signposting service to visitors of Durham City. They cover special events such as University Open Days and the Christmas Fayre. They are looking for more volunteers to improve and extend their services.
When: Flexible 2 hour sessions (including weekends)
Where: Durham City
Contact: Colin Wilkes
Northumbria Blood Bikes is a charity which uses volunteers on specially adapted motorcycles to transport blood and other urgent medical supplies around NHS organisations in the North East, and the Great North Air Ambulance 365 days of the year. They are looking for volunteers to perform two key tasks; coordinators to work out of hours, from home, to take calls from hospitals and people to undertake fundraising activities. In some cases, formal 1-hour training sessions, then work shadowing by a volunteer is necessary to start.
When: Coordinators - any time which you can commit to during our operating hours, Fundraisers - weekends or supermarket collections on working days
Where: Coordinators - from home, Fundraisers - Region Wide
Contact: Graham Moor
Below are volunteering opportunities organised by external organisations who would like a helping hand. They have not necessarily been through the same procedures (health & safety etc.) as our other opportunities, and as such the University renounces responsibility for the task.
Community Peer Mentor
The Community Peer Mentors project is the initiative of the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington. The project is to support people who feel vulnerable or isolated owing to anti-social behaviour, neighbourly disputes or as victims of crime. Mentors work in pairs to engage with clients over 10-12 sessions; after which there is a review. For more information on the scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Aycliffe Parishs
The Great Aycliffe Parish website (https://parishofgreataycliffe.co.uk/) is in need of a complete overhaul. They have many areas of concern including switching to other web design options. For more information, contact email@example.com or you can speak directly with James Walsh, a member of the Parish of Great Aycliffe PCC (James.Walsh@sunderland.ac.uk)
Code Club Programming Teacher
Code Club is a nationwide network of free, volunteer-led, after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The projects teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. The clubs start with Scratch then move onto HTML & CSS and Python.
When: One hour a week, during school term (min. commitment 1 term)
Where: Various schools across the North-East.
County Durham Talking Newspaper
CDTN are looking for volunteers in a range of roles including fundraisers, a recording technician familiar with Adobe Audition, assistant editors with a background/interest in news, teaching, writing or similar and a part-time administrator for Mondays and/or Fridays (preferably living near Meadowfield).
Workers' Educational Association
The Workers’ Educational Association provides adult education in a huge array of subjects. The WEA Durham branch is currently looking for someone who would like to help manage their social media publicity. The team is small, friendly and industrious.
Where: from home, optional meetings in Durham and Chester-le-Street
Contact: Alice McCreadie
The Wynyard Planetarium is located in the Wynyard Park near to Thorpe Thewles, north of Stockton. The plantarium has an observatory located next to it with a range of telescopes used to show the night sky to the public after planetarium events. Volunteers are needed to help out during school information sessions. An interest/ experience in science outreach would be preferred, but basic training can be provided.
Offer a free online library for people who struggle with ordinary books, for reasons such as blindness or visual impairment, dyslexia, or a physical disability.Working from home, you will help add books to this online library which provides books in a flexible format to support readers who need books in an accessible format. This involves editing, styling and formatting MS Word files. All the training you need for this can be done at home via email.
Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society (KOAS) carries out public outreach in the sciences of astronomy and cosmology, enabling people from all walks of life and levels of interest to access the visual splendour of our universe. Visitors have the opportunity to use a superb array of telescopes and instrumentation, and receive expert tuition in astronomy in our observatory in Kielder Forest which has the most light-pollution-free skies in England. KOAS relies on well-trained volunteers to deliver its program to the public. Some volunteers act as helpers to greet, serve refreshments and generally look after guests, others guide guests around the observatory talking to them about the telescopes and answering their questions. Others may wish to help visitors observe astronomical objects. There are also opportunities to give talks to the visitors themselves. Whatever your preference, KOAS provides training - a degree in astrophysics is not required!
Below are opportunities to volunteer at weekends and evenings outside of work time. Please note that TOIL cannot be claimed under the Staff Volunteering Scheme for any volunteering undertaken in your own time.
Veterans at Ease
Veterans at Ease are running a number of tombolas over the next couple of weeks and are looking for some assistance.
16th - 19th November: helping at a tombola during Lumiere, 16:00 - 22:00. Helpers will receive a Gold Pass ticket.
18th - 19th November: a tombola at Beamish Hall Hotel
SHAID Derwentside Cree Men's Group support
SHAID (Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside) are looking for volunteers to support group sessions and outings for the men's group, which aims to promote positive mental health and reduced isolation in men of all ages. There is scope to be involved in a range of activities such as photography, guitar, cookery and archery.
When: regular weekly/monthly sessions
Where: Wear Road Community House, Stanley
Contact: Audrey Taylor Williams
The Woodcraft Folk
The Woodcraft Folk is an educational movement for young people, designed to help develop their self-confidence and activity in society, based on equality, friendship, peace and co-operation. Activities include arts and crafts, nature walks and cooperative games. Volunteers are sought to help run the group night on Thursdays and work in other areas – such as group administration, communications, and applying for funding.
When: Thursday evenings from 6.15pm-7.45pm
Where: Framwellgate Youth and Community Centre
Contact: Marita Grimwood
Durham City Scout Leaders
Durham City District Scouts runs eight scout groups and three Explorer Scout units in Framwellgate Moor, Belmont, Waterhouses, Neville’s Cross, Old Elvet, Brandon, Coxhoe and Gilesgate. They are always looking for new Scout Leaders, who are supported by a well-developed in house training scheme.
When: Generally one evening a week - night depends on section and location
Where: Durham City
If you already volunteer with an organisation and would like to undertake further volunteering activity with them as part of the Staff Volunteering scheme, you can register your organisation and log your hours.
To get updates on more local volunteering opportunities such as these, you may wish to sign up to a volunteer organisation such as: Do-it (volunteer database), ivo (volunteering social network), Charity Job (voluntary and paid third sector jobs), County Durham Sport (sport volunteering).