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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. Goodwill Week
  2. Inductions & DBS Checks
  3. One-Off/Other Volunteering Opportunities
  4. Christmas Clothing & Gift Collections
  5. Other Events


  1. Goodwill Week Volunteering Opportunities: 3rd-9th December
    The festive season is upon us, and so is our Goodwill Week – the perfect way to do your bit for the local community and spread Christmas cheer. If you would like to get involved with any of the opportunities below, you must express your interest by emailing student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk. Click ‘going’ on our Facebook event to stay up to date on all the opportunities – https://www.facebook.com/events/1303188223157719/.

    Monday 3rd December
    SCA Hot Chocolate and Cake Stand @ DSU, 2-5pm
    – come and see us outside the SU (by Kingsgate Bridge) and buy a hot chocolate and cake (baked by our wonderful Free Cakes for Kids volunteers) to help raise funds for all our important projects. Encourage your friends to come along and hear about our volunteering opportunities.

    Chance to Try Tutoring! ALL WEEK – Our 6th Form Tutoring Project are inviting one extra volunteer along to each tutoring session during Goodwill Week, so you can try out one of SCA’s educational projects and see if it might be for you! Sessions are held at Durham 6th Form, down by Freeman’s Quay in town.

    Tuesday 4th December
    Galley’s Gill Conservation Volunteering, 10.30-3pma day out in Sunderland (transport provided), involving vegetation management and tree felling to open up areas for the benefit of both visitors and a great variety of insects, birds and animals. In collaboration with the organisation OASES.

    Wednesday 5th December (International Volunteer Day!)
    DASH Edible Garden Volunteering, 1-4pm – Help to clear the ground and plant an edible garden at DASH’s (housing charity which tackles homelessness) site in Gilesgate. Transport costs will be reimbursed.

    Children’s Christmas Party Prep, 2-5pm – Come along to a session of decoration making to assist with preparations for our Children’s Parties project’s first party of the year. It will be held in ER144, feel free to attend for the whole session or just drop in.

    SCA Hot Chocolate and Cake Stand @ DSU, 2-5pm – come and see us outside the SU (by Kingsgate Bridge) and buy a hot chocolate and cake, baked by volunteers from Durham Minds, to help raise funds for their fantastic student mental health initiatives. Encourage your friends to come along and hear about our volunteering opportunities.

    Thursday 6th December
    No events today  – time for all our wonderfully hardworking volunteers to take a rest!

    Friday 7th December
    Age UK Knitting Circle, 10am-12noon – Join North Road’s Age UK knitting group, to learn how to knit and create hats for smoothie bottles in order to raise funds for Age UK. 68 North Road, DH1 4SQ.

    Saturday 8th December
    Seaham Nursery Garden Volunteering and Beach Clean, 10am-2pm – build some lovely raised beds at Seaview School and then do a beach clean in the afternoon! You will go with two members of the SCA Exec by bus (bus leaving Durham Bus Station at 8:40am) and return to Durham mid-afternoon. In collaboration with OASES.

    Sunday 9th December
    Extra Children’s Christmas Party Prep, 2pm – If you would like to help set up for the party on Sunday, come along from 2pm to Waddington Street Church Hall to lend a hand.


  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 final inductions of the term are as follows:

  • Tuesday 4th December – 12-1pm (PCL050)
  • Friday 7th December – 12-1pm (PCL054)

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 (contact details at the bottom of this email).


  1. One-Off/Other Volunteering Opportunities
  • Durham City Youth Project
    This youth club are looking for 2 people who would like to volunteer for a junior youth club for 7-12 year olds on Wednesdays 5.30-7pm. You will need to get the X12 bus to Framwellgate Moor – you can get it from the science site or from the bus station. If you keep the bus tickets, we can reimburse you! You will need to have attended an induction session and applied for a DBS check before then (see point 2, above). Email student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk to get involved!
  • AYCC Youth Club
    AYCC are looking for lots of volunteers for various sessions that take place on all weekday evenings at various times between 3-9pm. There is a wide range of activities going on, such as sports and crafts. These sessions will start on the week beginning 21st January. We are asking potential volunteers to go and have a look round the youth club and have a chat about what they would like to get involved in on 12th December 2-4.30pm. This will be a drop in session, so you don’t have to be there for all of it. You will also need to have attended an induction session and filled in a DBS form before you start to volunteer, so it is the perfect time to sort this before the holidays. Email student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk to get involved!


  1. Christmas Clothing & Gift Collections
  • 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. Other Events
  • Durham Market Stall Opportunity
    Durham Markets are offering the opportunity for one stall at the monthly Saturday (outdoor) markets to a student cause/charity, to raise awareness or fundraise. If you would like to raise awareness/money etc. for your project, contact Colin at colin@durhammarkets.co.uk.
  • 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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