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


1.Inductions and DBS
2.Student Volunteering Week 2019
4.Other Volunteering Opportunities
5.Inspiring Volunteering Story

1. Inductions and 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. See the dates below for upcoming inductions.

Tuesday 22nd Jan – 1:00pm – CG218
Friday 25th Jan – 1:00pm – PCL054
Monday 28th Jan – 2:00pm – PCL050
Thursday 31st Jan – 2:00pm – CG83

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.

* Please remember to bring in your DBS certificate to the SCA office once it has arrived! *
(PC012, Palatine Centre)

If you are still waiting to receive your certificate, we are aware that there is a backlog of DBS forms being processed by the government, so please be patient in waiting for your DBS certificate to arrive as it may take a little longer than expected. Regretfully, there is nothing we can do but wait for them to arrive.

DBS Identity Documents List

2. Student Volunteering Week 2019: 11th-17th January
Join thousands of students across the UK, and take part in Student Volunteering Week 2019!

To see all opportunities during the week, click ‘going’ on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/283914815813865/.

We are offering the chance to get involved with many one-off volunteering opportunities, as well as our existing regular projects. Volunteering is a great way of helping others in the community, making friends, is good for your mental health, and looks fantastic on CVs (don’t just take our word for it, see here – https://charityjob.wpengine.com/what-volunteering-reveals-about-you/).

So, what are you waiting for?

To find out more or register your interest in any of the opportunities advertised, email student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk. We can’t wait to have you on board!

3. Training

Nightline Active Listening Training – 29th Jan 6-7pm PCL050
Learn the skills from the Nightline training team on how to be an active listener! A useful opportunity to help you enhance your skills as a volunteer. Open to all students, but there are limited spaces.

Sign up here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/experiencedurham/studentvolunteering/one-offs/trn/activelistening/.

Mental Health Awareness Training – Wed 6th February 2-5pm, Room CLC406 (Derman Christopherson Room, top floor Calman)

Delivered by community training partner Wellbeing for Life, this course aims to improve awareness surrounding mental health and how to support people to improve their mental health. Open to all volunteers, but there are limited places.

Sign up here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/experiencedurham/studentvolunteering/one-offs/trn/mentalhealth/.

Any questions please email training.sca@durham.ac.uk.

Code Club Training – 23rd January 1:15pm-2:15pm ER151
Our very own Code Club is up and running this term! The new fantastic project leaders are keen to have as many volunteers as possible on board, so express your interest by emailing codeclub.sca@durham.ac.uk ASAP. Sessions will be held weekly on Thursdays at 18:30-19:30, in Elvet Riverside. There will also be other opportunities to deliver code club sessions in local schools, on Thursday afternoons.

Don’t worry if you have little or no experience of coding. Come along to learn the ropes from Anna from Code Club UK, and to find out more.

4. Other Volunteering Opportunities

Stray Aid Big Volunteering Day

Stray Aid (dog rescue kennels) are looking for volunteers to come and help them with a spruce up of the kennels! They need various tasks completing, including cleaning kennels, chopping wood for their new heating system (to keep the doggos warm over winter!) and interacting with the dogs. There will be a morning session (9:30-12:30) and an afternoon session (1:30-4). To sign up- email student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk by Monday 21st January. Open to all volunteers (not just dog-walking project ones).


5. Inspiring Volunteering Story

Here is a lovely and inspiring story about a woman’s sensitive and holistic approach to setting up a food bank in Morecombe to support her local community. Hope you enjoy reading it!



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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