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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

Stockton Road Cemetery

Ongoing tasks including clearing graves, grass cutting, planting bulbs and removing brambles and ivy.

When: Flexible dates and times | Any group size

Where: Stockton Road Cemetery, opposite the Palatine

Durham Foodbank

A morning or sorting donations and making up food parcels.

When: Fridays | 09:30 - 13:30 | 8-10 volunteers

Where: Evangel Church, Chester-le-Street

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

DASH (Durham Action on Single Housing)

A number of properties need painting (walls, ceilings and doors); new head office needs painting.

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


Painting and gardening opportunities at the new site.

When: Flexible dates and times; from 5th March | up to 6 volunteers

Where: St Peter's Court, Sacriston

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

Building a raised path at Portrack Marsh to replace the old boardwalk which was flooded out a couple of years ago; bramble bashing at Maze Park - to be done before the start of March.

When: Flexible dates and times | Varying group sizes

Where: Stockton

Ushaw College

Lots of opportunities including planting bulbs, wildflowers and shrubs (Spring time); digging out some ponds to make a dam (late Spring time).

When: Thursdays | Flexible times and volunteer groups

Where: Ushaw College