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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. Investing in Volunteer Interviews
  2. Inductions & DBS Checks
  3. Claiming Back Expenses (bus tickets etc.)
  4. One-Off/Other Volunteering Opportunities
  5. Christmas Clothing & Gift Collections
  6. Code Club Project Leader Opportunity
  7. Other Events


  1. Investing in Volunteer Interviews – help us by sharing your views!

Student Community Action has Investing in Volunteers status, which is a nationally accredited benchmark of excellence for volunteering programmes. Every 3 years, we are assessed to show that we continue to run a quality volunteering programme for all of our students and to showcase all of the improvements we have made over the last 3 years. As part of this process, the assessor would like to speak to a wide range of our student volunteers, as your feedback is the most crucial, because after all you are the driving force behind our projects! The interviews are very informal and will be a group session with fellow volunteers. They should take 20-30 minutes maximum (dependent on the group size). You don’t have to prepare anything for the interview, just turn up and bring your thoughts! Please sign up to an interview slot here-



  1. Inductions & DBS

You must attend an induction session before you start volunteering. We hold induction sessions each week so that everyone has a chance to get involved with volunteering throughout the year. The upcoming inductions are as follows:


  • Tuesday 27th Nov – 1-2pm, W414 (Geography Building, Opposite Bill Bryson Library)
  • Friday 30th Nov – 1-2pm, PCL054 (Palatine Centre)
  • Tuesday 4th December – 12-1pm (Room tbc)
  • Friday 7th December – 12-1pm (Room tbc)

No need to sign up to anything, just turn up!

If you are volunteering on a project that works with children, you will need a DBS check. 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). You can bring along your documents to complete a DBS form in our office anytime, or at an induction if you are already intending to attend one of those.

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 in the Palatine Centre, 0191 334 1208.

DBS Identity Documents List


  1. Claiming Back Expenses
    If you spend any volunteering-related money, whether it be on bus tickets, craft or baking materials, or anything else, you should claim it back! We don’t want you to be out of pocket for your volunteering. Please bring in your relevant bus ticket or VAT receipt, and we will give you a quick form for you to fill out to get your money back.


  1. One-Off/Other Volunteering Opportunities
  • Goodwill Week – Loads of Volunteering Opportunities! (3rd-9th December)
    For one week in December we are hosting lots of volunteering opportunities, as part of existing projects and as one-offs, to encourage all kinds of seasonal goodwill! Think knitting with AGE UK, beach cleaning in Seaham, hot chocolate sales, and preparing a children’s Christmas party – keep your eyes peeled for full calendar of events to be released soon.
  • Cathedral Patrol Volunteer Role
    This is a new volunteer role assisting the Cathedral Porter Team. The role would include being the eyes and ears of the Cathedral and its environs, including inside buildings and outside in the College, Palace Green and Woodlands and Riverbanks.  With hi-viz and a radio and preferably in pairs, you would patrol the site at different times of the day, using different routes, getting to know staff, volunteers and workings of the site.  Your role would be to observe and report (not intervene in) anything that looked remotely suspicious or unusual, supporting our counter terrorism awareness, vigilance and enhancing visibility as a deterrent.  Times and days can be entirely flexible.  If you might be interested and would like to talk to Andy about the role, please contact him on anydrew.parker@durhamcathedral.co.uk / 0191 338 7149.
  • FareShare Food Collection – Last Chance to Sign Up to Volunteer!
    Sign up here to choose a volunteering shift in your local Tesco in Durham (Market Place or Langley Moor) to be part of the UK’s largest food collection – https://fareshare.org.uk/tescofoodcollection/shift-signup/. The food collected is distributed to charities around the UK, to support those in food poverty.S
  • AGE UK Knitting Circle
    Want to learn how to knit and help a good cause? No knitting experience required as some of our elderly helpers are willing to teach you. Have a cuppa and a chat whilst knitting hats for innocent smoothies – Age UK receives 25p for each one that you make. Starting Friday 30th November 10am-12noon at 68 North Road.


  1. Christmas Collection Drives
  • Cash for Kids – Gift Collection
    Donate a gift and help to make Christmas morning special for a disadvantaged child in the North East.
    Cash for Kids’ ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal aims to raise money and donations for children in the North East who are at risk of not receiving a gift on Christmas Day. The appeal aims to collect gifts for over 48,000 children living in poverty in our region. Please donate new, unwrapped gifts of any value which would be suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years. Donations will be collected at the Careers & Enterprise office based in the Palatine Centre.
    Full information about the appeal can be found online at https://planetradio.co.uk/metro/charity/events/metro-mission-christmas/
  • North East Homeless – Clothing and Gift Collection
    Some of our students are organising a collection of Christmas gift items for homeless people in the North East, for the charity North East Homeless. Please bring the following items to the SCA office (PC012 in the Palatine Centre):
    Thermal hats and gloves, warm coats, brand new underwear for all sizes and genders (including bras), hand warmers, tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags, radios, torches, chocolate, drink sachets and flask cups.
  • DASH – Clothes Collection
    Our SCA DASH volunteers are helping local charity DASH with their clothes collection drive. Please bring donate any clothes that are in a good, wearable condition either to your DASH college collection on the 26th of November between 10-2pm, or bring them to the SCA office any time Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. If you have any questions please contact dash.sca@durham.ac.uk.


  1. Code Club Project Leader Opportunity
    Would you make a good project leader? If you have an interest in educational volunteering and think you have what it takes to run a successful project, then we can’t wait to hear from you! Code Club involves arranging opportunities for volunteers to go and teach basic coding in local schools. The project has lots of keen volunteers already, we just need someone to put the project into action! To apply, please email student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk detailing why you think you would be a great code club leader.


  1. Other
  • Make a Christmas Card for someone you love with Durham Minds!
    SCA Durham Minds is hosting a Christmas Card-making session at the DSU on 27th November (Tuesday). Amidst all the Christmas cheer, we’d especially like to take the time to remind ourselves there are some who are struggling and may be far away from loved ones. So this Christmas, we would like to invite everyone to join us in spreading some love through creative expression! For a minimum donation of £1, we’ll bring the art supplies and gingerbread cookies and you’ll get to discover your inner Picasso and hopefully take away a handmade card for someone you may know needs a bit of extra lovin’! Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/767323586945671/?active_tab=about
  • Santa vs Elves Football Friendly with Team Durham Project Participants
    The Santas vs Elves football match is an opportunity for students to engage with one of our weekly adult outreach session’s participants. We are looking for student volunteers to come along to make up one of the sides, that will play against our complex needs adults. There is a trophy to be won (and honour/pride!) but mainly it’s to have fun and encourage engagement during the festive period. Several of the participants are from ‘Changing Lives’, so if you want to bring along a donation for residents of the local hostel, that would be very much appreciated (see poster attached). The match will be held at Maiden Castle Sports Grounds on Thursday 13th December, 11am-12noon. If you would like to take part, please email lynn.preston@durham.ac.uk.

  • ‘Second Chance’ Debate (on Nuclear Weapons)
    On Friday 30th November at 6.30pm at the DUS debate chambers (on Palace Green), participants from Team Durham’s adults with complex needs group will be debating the subject of Nuclear weapons and whether the world would be a better place without them. The participants have attended 7 weekly educational sessions to hone their public speaking and debating skills, so it would be great for them to have lots of support! The event is open to all (not just DUS members) and would be a great chance for students to take-in this live debate (as well as the beautiful venue).


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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