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Staff Volunteering and Outreach

Team Challenge Vacancies

Team Challenges are a great way of helping community organisations with a particular problem, rallying together a team of volunteers to really bring light to the saying "many hands make light work". Whilst the majority of our Team Challenges are arranged on request from a department or group, the Open Challenges listed below are open to any individuals wishing to volunteer. They're a great opportunity to meet and work with people from across the University as well as elsewhere. If you're looking for more of a continuous opportunity or a smaller scale activity, please see our individual opportunities or external opportunities.

The Open Challenges listed below are arranged throughout the year, and are designed so that they appeal to a wide range of staff. If you would like to take part in any of the below, please fill in our registration of interest form

If your department or a group of colleagues is interested in arranging a Team Challenge, please get in touch with us to see what is currently available, or take a look on our community partners page which will be updated with opportunities. It is possible to tailor a challenge to your needs and interests and we are always happy to try different activities and work with new organisations.

Open Challenges

Durham Wildlife Trust

The task will be to clear the woodland edge trees to try and create a more diverse habitat between the grassland and the woodland.

When: Monday 6th November | 09:30 - 15:00

Where: Rainton Meadows

Durham Foodbank

A morning or sorting donations and making up food parcels.

When: Friday 8th December (or any Friday) | 09:30 - 13:30 | 8-10 volunteers

Where: Evangel Church, Chester-le-Street

Durham Cathedral

Outdoor tasks including willow screening, weeding, litter picking and tree planting.

When: Friday 24th November | 10:00 - 13:00 | up to 15 volunteers

Where: Durham Cathedral grounds/river banks

St Cuthbert's Hospice

Helping sort, price and package donations at the Meadowfield warehouse store.

When: Flexible dates | 10:00 - 15:00 | up to 10 volunteers

Where: Meadowfield

RT Projects

Three tasks: upcycle plastic bottles into collection boxes using papier mache; organise and package the mosaic tile collection; and upcycle old newspapers into carrier bags.

When: Mondays (all day), Wednesdays (am), Fridays (pm) | Flexible times | up to 8 volunteers

Where: Gilesgate

Willow Burn Hospice

Preparing paper baubles for their Tree of Remembrance, wrapping and preparing Christmas merchandise for various events, and arranging gifts for their Ladies Day.

When: Flexible dates and times

Where: In-house

DASH (Durham Action on Single Housing)

A number of properties need painting (walls, ceilings and doors); plant beds and the car park need tidying up at the new office accommodation.

When: Flexible dates and times | around 6 volunteers per task

Where: Dragonville

Daisy Chain

Opportunities at both the superstore (sorting donations) and at the farm (painting, gardening, general maintenance)

When: Flexible dates and times | 8-10 volunteers

Where: Stockton

Stray Aid

The first Tuesday afternoon of every month, there is the opportunity for groups of 5 staff to walk the dogs from their centre close to Coxhoe or in Hardwick Park. Currently awaiting dates for the New Year.

When: First Tuesday of every month (awaiting new dates) | 13:00 - 15:00 | 5 volunteers

Where: Coxhoe