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Welcome to all our new and returning volunteers! We have loads of exciting volunteering opportunities this term, so see below to get involved.

If you would like to sign up to a particular project or want to find out about how to get involved, all of the project email addresses can be found on our website, www.scadurham.org.uk.
1. Inductions
2. Training
3. DBS Checks
4. New Events Coordinator – Naomi Green
5. One-off/Other Volunteering Opportunities
6. Events
1. Inductions
If you missed our initial induction sessions – not to worry! We will be holding more induction sessions each week so that everyone has a chance to get involved. The inductions next week are as follows:
  • October 22nd | 1-2pm | CG218
  • October 25th | 1-2pm | CG83
2. Training
SCA are offering numerous training opportunities this term, including first aid, working with children, and dog-walking training. Check the training poster (below) to see if any training sessions are relevant to your project! To book a place on a training session you must sign up via the relevant links on the ‘Events’ page on the SCA website, or email training.sca@durham.ac.uk
3. DBS Checks
If you are volunteering on a project that works with children, you will need a DBS check. You can apply for a DBS if you bring the correct documentation to an induction! The list below shows what you need to bring, and you also need to know your national insurance number (but we don’t need proof of this number). If you are unsure if you need a DBS check or whether you already have a valid certificate, please contact your project leader or contact us in the office (contact details at the bottom of this email). 

4. New Events Coordinator
You all voted, and the results have determined your new events coordinator! Very warm welcome to our newest member of the SCA Student Executive Committee, Naomi Green. Her email is events.sca@durham.ac.uk.
5. One-off/Other Volunteering Opportunities
  • Beyond Food College Ambassadors Needed
    One of our wonderful community projects, Beyond Food, are looking for college ambassadors to assist with their local food collections and other work! This is a very flexible role, involving organising food collection points in college and general promotion of the project’s cause. (Ambassadors have already been recruited for John’s and Cuth’s, but you can still volunteer if you are from one of these colleges).
    College Ambassador Application Form
    College Ambassador Role Description
  • LionMouth Rural Centre Volunteering  
    The lovely LionMouth Rural Centre are looking for up to 15 volunteers to help them maintain their ancient meadow on the afternoon of Wedesday 31st October! Please email student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk if you would like to attend. 
  • Students4Students
    Did you know that 1.2 million children will leave primary schools by 2020 not being able to read? Did you know that it is estimated that more than 617 million – or 6/10 – children and adolescents of primary and lower secondary school age do not achieve minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics? Want to get involved in combatting these issues and make a difference in your local primary school? Then volunteer with Students4Students (S4S). S4S aims to educate primary school children – who aren’t quite reaching their potential in class – with one-to-one hourly tutoring sessions taken by university and sixth form students each week. Through this, we will be able to equip students heading in years 5 and 6 with the confidence and capability they need in order to reach their potential and excel beyond it. This is the link to apply to get involved at your universityhttps://www.students4students.org.uk/get-involved-as-a-tutor
    If you want to find out more about this opportunity, the charity or other ways to get involved, please email – recruitment.durham@students4students.org.uk
  • County Durham Motor Neurone Disease Association
    Motor neurone disease kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis. The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning. The County Durham MNDA is looking for volunteers to support their social activities for those living with MND in the local area. If you are interested, please contact katie.j.stobbs@durham.ac.uk.

  • World Transplant Games 2019
    The Games will see around 3000 visitors from 70 countries come to Newcastle, Gateshead. Competitors aged from 4 to over 80 will all have had life-saving organ or tissue transplants. There will be events for living donors and donor families, as well as a number of social and cultural events. They will need volunteers to help with the games. The type of roles available will include:
    translators, general event volunteers, social event volunteers, sport specific volunteers, communications andbranding volunteers, registration volunteers
    More information is available on the Gateshead Council website – https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/9438/World-Transplant-Games-2019
    Further information on the specific volunteer roles available through the Games can be found here – https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/9450/World-Transplant-Games-2019-volunteer-roles


6. Events

  • Calm to the Core Events
    A series of free themed drop-in classes to help you understand the link between mind and body and to develop the skills to manage your mood using movement and breath. Perfect opportunity to wind down from your busy uni and volunteering life! Organised by the University Counselling Service and Experience Durham.
    Calm to the Core poster Michaelmas 2018


As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email, phone or call into the office if you have any questions. 
🌟Happy Volunteering! 🌟
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