Visit SCA’s website and social media for details of all opportunities:

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. CATSS Applications – Deadline Extended
5. One-off/Other Volunteering Opportunities
6. Events
7. Volunteering Spotlight – Lovely Lionmouth Afternoon
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 for the next 2 weeks are as follows:

  • Tuesday 6th Nov – 1-2pm – CM219
  • Friday 9th Nov – 1-2pm – CLC407
  • Tuesday 13th: 1-2pm, CM105
  • Friday 16th: 1-2pm, PCL054
  • Monday 19th: 1-2pm, CG83
  • Thursday 22nd: 1-2pm, CG218

No need to sign up to anything, just turn up!
2. Training
SCA are offering numerous training opportunities this term, including first aid, working with children, and dog-walking training. See the SCA website 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. (Please note the Intergenerational and Dementia Training has been postponed, new date to be confirmed).

*NEW!* Dog walking training – Tuesday 6th November, 6:15-7pm, CG91 (Chemistry)
Come along to this session if you want to volunteer on one of our popular dog-walking projects and haven’t yet attended a dog training/handling session. No need to sign up for anything, just turn up!
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 (PC012, 01913341208)

4. CATSS Applications – Deadline Extended

“Are you interested in volunteering with children? CATSS Primary (7-11year olds) and CATSS Secondary (11-13year olds) are unique projects which work to provide respite for disadvantaged children within the Durham area. We do this through the provision of a series of fun day trips and a residential during the Easter break. This project is so rewarding with the children all getting the opportunity to try new activities, meet friends from similar backgrounds and have an environment which nurtures them. As a volunteer on CATSS you get to develop your skills, make life long friends and be part of one of the most rewarding projects in Durham. Applications close 7th November at midnight. You can apply to either project or both. 
Best of luck in the application process. 
4. One-off/Other Volunteering Opportunities
  • Volunteer your views!
    Assist the University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies by sharing your views with them for a research project. They are interested to hear student volunteers’ views on Durham’s World Heritage Site. If you would like to take part in a short focus group please email student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk by Friday 9th November
  • Organic Permaculture Veggie Box Scheme Needs You! (6th Nov)
    Come and help finish off the season with planting, mulching, light weeding, drinking tea and eating biscuits! Find out about permaculture and our veggie box scheme and meet local folk with sustainable ethics at Abundant Earth (Cooke’s Wood, Broompark, Durham DH7 7RL). Tuesday 6th November 10-4pm come for any length of time, but text Beth 07719530472 to state when you are going.

  • Fruitful Durham (14th Nov)
    Help to clear space for a community venue on Wednesday 14th November, 1-4pm. Fruitful Durham make apple juice from apples from the orchard so there may be some opportunities for pressing too and a bonfire afterwards! Easy bus ride from Durham – Colliery Road, Bearpark, DH7 7AU. Email community.action@durham.ac.uk to get involved!

  • Durham City Youth Project Volunteering! (Wednesdays 5:30-7pm)
    Framwellgate Youth Project are looking for two volunteers to help out each week! The club is for children aged 7-12 and takes place on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm at Framwellgate Moor Community and Youth Association. If you would like to take up this regular volunteering opportunity, email community.action@durham.ac.uk.

  • Help out at SCA’s Christmas Charity Dog Show (16th Dec)
    This year, SCA’s annual dog show is taking place on Sunday the 16th of December. This is a wonderful opportunity for dog lovers to volunteer their time on the day to help the dog show run, raise money for charity, and see some pooches strut their stuff! If you would like to get involved, please email community.action@durham.ac.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.
6. Events
  • Third Sector Careers Forum (14th Nov, 1:30pm-4pm)
    Hear from five speakers working in a range of local, national and international charities. Find out how they made their way into the sector via graduate training programmes and alternative pathways, and get their advice on how you could create your own career in the third sector. Book your place here – www.dur.ac.uk/careers/students/employability/events/.
7. Volunteering Spotlight – Lovely Lionmouth Afternoon 
A huge well done to the group of volunteers who cleared a whole meadow, ready for regrowth, at the beautiful Lionmouth Rural Centre on Wednesday this week! 
The afternoon was a great success and one volunteer said – 
I had an amazing time at Lionmouth. It was therapeutic and I really felt productive because we could clearly see the effect of all our snipping. The staff and their dog were really lovely and they gave us all sorts of lovely goodies!”


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! 🌟
If you would like to opt out of this weekly email, please email – student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk or community.action@durham.ac.uk.

Leave a Reply