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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. DBS Checks
3. One-Off/Other Volunteering Opportunities
4. Events & Other Opportunities
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 upcoming inductions are as follows:
  • 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. 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 attached list 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.


3. One-Off/Other Volunteering Opportunities

  • DASH Clothing Collection – Volunteers Needed (26th Nov)
    As part of the SCA’s DASH project, a uni-wide clothes collection is being organised on the 26th November. Volunteers are required to collect donations and sort through them to make sure they are all of good/wearable quality. We are still looking for volunteers from the following colleges: Trevs, Josephine Butler, Van Mildert, Stephenson, Ustinov, John’s, Chad’s, Hatfield, Castle, John Snow.

  • Changing Lives Clothing Collection – Donate Now!
    Donate any old/unused coats, jumpers, winter socks or anything waterproof to help those without a home warm through the coming winter months. 
    Bring any donations to the SCA Office, PC012 in the Palatine Centre. The charity we are collecting for is Changing Lives –  https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/.
  • 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!

  • Craft a Christmas Tree for local festival – (By Fri 23rd Nov)
    The annual Festival of Christmas Trees is coming around again, and are welcoming any volunteers to create a christmas tree to submit to the festival. This might be a nice chance for some of you to get together, with your service users perhaps, to create something festive for the 23rd of November!  If you create one, we can arrange it to be delivered to the festival for you.

  • 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

  • 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 dogwalking.sca@durham.ac.uk.
4. Events & Other Adverts
  • 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/

  • Worthwhile – work in the social impact sector
    Worthwhile supports young people to pursue a career in social impact through a graduate scheme, training, recruitment services & our Worthwhile Community. 
    Applications for finalists wishing to start in 2019 are open now, apply by 1st of March 2019! A Durham alumna who’s been through the scheme is speaking at the Third Sector Carees Forum (above!). This would be a great opportunity to find out more about Worthwhile and ask any questions.
    Worthwhile Schemes


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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