SCA is a student volunteering group at Durham University.

If you want to find out more about us go to our Welcome page.

If you are a student and want to get involved we have a whole host of Projects

Check out the Experience Durham page for more volunteering opportunities

If you are a member of the community and want to find out more about our projects which may be of interest to you or people you know find out in Information for the Local Community

Take a look at our video to meet some of our student volunteers!

Interesting Fact…The Times Higher Student Experience Survey showed Durham as number one for extracurricular activities and Societies in 2014.

Your chance to work for SCA!

Would you like to work for Durham University’s largest volunteer organisation? This might be your chance!

SCA Volunteering has re-opened applications for the sabbatical role of SCA Queens Officer! Please see the job description for more information about the role HERE.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Applications should be submitted by email to katie.j.stobbs@durham.ac.uk

Applications should include an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you would like to be offered the post and what skills and experience you possess to allow you to succeed in the role.




Student Volunteering Week 2017 is here!

Student Volunteering Week (SVW) 2017 is just around the corner! On Monday 20th February, students across the country will be volunteering and helping their local communities and Durham is not missing out!

Click here for the SVW2017 schedule of all the volunteering opportunities we are running for SVW, including the annual Harry Potter children’s party; a visit to Washington Stables to help with horse riding for the disabled and even a visit to a farm in North Yorkshire!HP party durham 1

Some of our projects are also running a “Give it a Go” sessions for the week! From an informal chat with adults at GOALS, to running drama activities for kids in our Thurston Drama Project, there is something for everyone to get involved in!

All you need to do to get involved in our sessions is make sure you sign up to our database, and then use this link (https://www.dur.ac.uk/experiencedurham/studentvolunteering/one-offs/ss/) to sign up for as many sessions as you want! We do have a maximum capacity on some activities, so make sure you sign up quickly to volunteer!

CATSS Applications are LIVE!


CATSS Applications are now open! CATSS (Children Achieving Through Student Support)

Do YOU have what it takes to help us change the lives of these children forever? CATSS takes children aged 6-11 for Primary, and 11-13 for Secondary, from hard to reach backgrounds, on a week-long activity holiday as well as days out!

Attached below is the CATSS application form for both projects

Please email to:

Primary school aged project: catss.sca@durham.ac.uk

Secondary school aged project: catsssecondary.sca@durham.ac.uk 

Or alternatively hand in to the SCA office, PC12 in the Palatine Centre

If you want to be considered for both projects, please email your application form to both projects.



Experience Durham Freshers Fairs!!


This years Experience Durham fairs will be on Tuesday 4th October (13:00-18:00) and Wednesday 5th October (10:00-16:00)! Meet our Project Leaders, our Exec and our Staff! All of our SCA Volunteering projects will be there on the day, and with a range of different projects from Residential camps for kids, Dog Walking, Teaching Assistants, Language classes and many more, you do not want to miss out! Find out more on our Facebook Event HERE

We are also holding a Queens Campus SCA Volunteering Freshers Fair on the 6th October 16:00-18:00 in the Holliday building, room A011. For more information, check out our Facebook Event HERE


14 days until Freshers Week!!

With only 14 days to go, and 15 days until our first Experience Durham Freshers Fair of the year, we in the office have had an exciting delivery…. Our Project Leader, Staff and Exec sweaters!! Look out for these around campus! We are very excited to meet all the new students, and say hello to all those returning! 14388779_1417274291622902_808657413_n 14397229_1417274351622896_6024923_n

32 days to go!


It is the 1st September today, and that means it is only 32 days until term starts at Durham University! To celebrate, we challenge you to get your aprons on and release the inner Mary Berry in you with our project of the week… Free Cakes for Kids!!

Free Cakes for Kids is a community service for families who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child. The cakes are baked by volunteers in the child’s favourite theme or style. So if you’re a keen baker and just can’t eat anymore, get in touch!

Contact Ellen and Olivia at cakesforkids.sca@durham.ac.uk to get your bake on!

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Work in the world of volunteering

Are you still unsure about what you want to do after graduation? Three exciting jobs have opened within student volunteering! All jobs are fixed term for 1 year and commence Summer 2016. Click on the job titles below to view a full description.

SCA Durham Officer 2016

SCA Queen’s Campus 2016

SVO Sabbatical post 2016

Applications deadline has been extended to THURSDAY 3RD MARCH 2016

Applications should include an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you would like to be offered the post and what skills and experience you possess to allow you to succeed in the role.

Send any questions and email applications regarding the SCA roles to Rebecca (rebecca.byrne@durham.ac.uk)

Send any questions and email applications regarding the SVO role to Andy (a.j.cattermole@durham.ac.uk)


We’ve started the countdown to fresher’s week and with only 9 days to go we’re looking forward to meeting more volunteers (old and new!) and excited to see what you all get up to with SCA 2015/16…