Student Volunteering Week

Student Volunteering Week (SVW) is a nationwide celebration of student volunteering, which celebrated its 15th year this year! SVW brings together organisations from all sectors to promote and celebrate the volunteering efforts of students across the Universities and Colleges in the UK. This year, SCA is a part of SVW and has a range of exciting one-offs planned for our volunteers!  SVW 2016 is taking place this year from 22nd – 28th February 2016. Find out more about National Student Volunteering Week here.

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22nd February – 1st March

 Here at Student Community Action we have been getting ready for Student Volunteering Week, a national event where students across the country volunteer and make a difference in their local community. See what Durham and other universities have planned for this exciting week!

 Take a look at the schedule below, there’s bound to be something for you! If you’re interested in getting involved in any of the below events, drop us an email on or, for QC events, email

Everyone who volunteers in SVW will get a cake voucher for a free cake on Saturday 28th February at Afternoon Tea to say thanks for getting involved. T-shirts are available to buy for the measly cosy of £2 from the SCA office!

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Take a look at the schedule below, there’s bound to be something for you! If you’re interested in getting involved in any of the below events, drop us an email on or, for QC events, email

Saturday 21st February


Chinese New Year – Houghall, 11 – 1pm

We’re kicking off the celebrations a little bit early this year! Join us as we celebrate Chinese New Year (albeit a couple of days late!) for a chance to experience a different culture and welcome in a new year. Perfect if your New Year’s resolutions didn’t work out so well first time round! Email to get involved.

Sunday 22nd February


SVW “Live at the Riverside” Launch Event – Riverside Cafe, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Let’s start SVW with a bang! Come down to the Riverside cafe in the Student’s Union where we’ll give you a bit more information about what SVW 2015 has to offer and how you can get involved.  More coming soon – watch this space…

Monday 23rd February


Wheatley Hill Youth Club, 5.30 – 8pm

The youth club aims to provide a safe and fun evening for the children in an area with very few opportunities. Join us as we take part in a variety of different activities, from boxing lessons, dance lessons, drama, cooking and art sessions – and whatever else the children can dream up! To get involved in this project, email Angharad at


“Spring” Tea PartyWaterside Restaurant, 2.30 – 4.30pm

We know that, being a Northern university, we have to make sure that nobody misses out on tea, cake and biscuits, so we’re holding a tea party at QC!  Come along to this event for a chance to switch off from the stresses of university and have a good chat. If you’re a dab hand at baking, you could even bring along some of your own homemade goodies! Contact  


Tuesday 24th February


GOALS session – 7 – 9pm

GOALs runs informal weekly sessions involving activities and trips for adults
with learning disabilities, helping to widen the opportunities available to them. Even if it doesn’t seem like much, the time you give just chatting and getting to know our service users can really make a difference to their happiness and wellbeing. If you’d like to get involved in GOALS, email Katie at


*NEW PROJECT* English & Maths Tutoring10am – 1pm

Help local children brush up on their English and maths abilities in the new Staindrop school tutoring project . This will be a regular project and will take place at the school. Transport will be provided each week! If you would like to come along for our first session email

Cake Sale Waterside, 12 – 3pm

It’s cakes all around today! So if you’re at Queen’s and can’t make our cake sale outside the student’s union, have no fear – cake is at QC too! A great opportunity to get involved in SVW, whether you’re selling, baking or eating. If you’d like to help out, be it baking cakes or helping to sell, email Rebecca on

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Wednesday 25th February


Harry Potter party

This event was a fantastic success during SVW last year, so it’s back for 2015! In conjuction with Integrating Children, a small registered charity which works with disabled children and young people in the Durham City and Chester-le-Street area, we will be running a series of Harry Potter-themed craft activities with children from the local area. It is guaranteed to be a brilliant day for children and volunteers alike (who doesn’t love Harry Potter?!)

Computeas – Clayport library, 2 – 3.30pm

Computeas works with older people in Durham to help them to learn basic computer and internet skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To get involved in this project on a regular basis , email Jane and Julia at

Old Durham Gardens 1pm-3pm

Want an event that you can get stuck into? Well this is the one for you! Do your bit for the community by joining us as we tidy up the local area and make Durham dazzle. We recommend that you wrap up for this one!

Winter Warmer – St. Oswald’s, 1pm- 4.30pm

In conjunction with Age UK, we aim to involve the local community as much as possible, and these tea parties are a great opportunity for you to do your bit, while having a chat and a cuppa! If you have an hour or two spare, your company would make all the difference to these elderly people who can sometimes feel isolated in society. We run several one-off tea parties throughout the year, so keep an eye out for our emails if you can’t make this one!

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Harry Potter party – Heighington Room, Stephenson College, 3.30 – 5pm

This event was so successful last year that we’ve decided to run it TWICE, so that whether you’re at Queen’s or Durham you have the chance to get involved in this popular event. We will be running similar craft activities at both the Durham and QC session (you might even see the Sorting Hat!). Contact toget wizarding!

Thursday 26th February


Zambia Fun Run – Maiden Castle, 10.30 – 4pm

We’re looking for volunteers to help out with this fun run, which sees children from local schools running their socks off to raise money. You’ll be there to make sure the day goes smoothly and to keep the children a much-needed motivation boost as the day goes on. To get involved, email

Fairtrade Cake Sale Outside Student’s Union, 1 – 4pm 

Don’t deny it – everybody loves cake! We’ll be outside the Student’s Union selling yummy Fairtrade cakes, brownies and other goodies to raise money for a very worthy cause. Even if you don’t have time to get involved in one of our other activities during SVW, you can still make a difference! So if you’ve got a sweet tooth, pop down to see us – in this chilly weather, your company will make all the difference!
Email if you’d like to contribute to our cake sale.

Keenan House project – Keenan House, 5-7pm

Fancy learning a bit about what this project does? Come along to this session, where you can give it a go. Keenan House homework club helps primary school children – many of whom are not native speakers of English – with their schoolwork, as well as supervising a variety of recreational activities. To get involved with this project on a regular basis, email Francis and Magdolna on


Riverside Clear-up –  Meet at QC Sports Centre, 9.45am – 1pm

Last year’s Riverside clear up was a great success, and we’re hoping to do the same again this year. We’ll be litter-picking and giving the area a well-deserved clean up. Your hard work will most certainly be worth it – you might even find an eel, like we did last year!

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Friday 27th February


New Age KurlingMaiden Castle, 1.45pm – 2.45pm

Ever wanted to try Curling? Well, now you can, in the comfort of Maiden Castle, no ice required! Kurling – the indoor, ice-less version of Curling (see images!) –  will be held in conjunction with Team Durham and the Whitehouse Project. Join us and a group of individuals recovering from alcohol dependency as we participate in several games of Kurling. No skill is required, just come along if you fancy trying something new. If you’d like to know more about Kurling, email Lynn Preston (Team Durham) on

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“A Way Out” food parcels – Collection boxes around Campus/SCA office

A Way Out is an outreach and prevention charity, specialised in engaging vulnerable and hard  to reach women and young people using creative and innovative approaches to
educate, support and empower them to live safe, healthy and whole lives.  We are helping ‘A Way Out’ with their new ‘Donate An Egg’ campaign. They ask that students can donate chocolate Easter eggs that can be given to children and families who may not receive one otherwise. It’s a great time of year to be generous and brighten up the day for someone less
fortunate than ourselves. Alternatively, ‘A Way Out’ are always looking for food donations, for when struggling families really cannot afford to feed themselves, so please donate some non-perishable food items if you can! For more details email

SVW Awards night –Waterside Restaurant, 6 – 9pm

As the week draws to a close, we’re holding an Awards Night as a thank you for all of the time and hard work that our volunteers at QC have put in over the year and during SVW. We know what a committed bunch you are and we think you deserve to be celebrated. This promises to be a fantastic night, so we encourage all of you – Durham AND QC students – to come along. Expect red carpet style, photobooths,  glitzy drinks, tasty nibbles and 5-star entertainment. Look out for any committed volunteers during SVW – could they be in line for an award?

(NB – QC students ARE still eligible to win oSCArs!).


Saturday 28th February


Cemetery Tidy Up – 10.30am-12.30pm

Since the dawn of time man has been known to respect the dead- have you been doing this? Just on Stockton Road where most students pass every day, the cemetery needs your love and care. Contact Hannah for a ghoulish experience on

Afternoon Tea – Riverside Cafe, 1.30pm

What better way to end the week than with more cake? There’ll be no events running at Queen’s this weekend, but you’re more than welcome to come down to Durham and extend your SVW celebrations with us! We hope to see you there, as a chilled afternoon round-off to what is guaranteed to be a fantastic week.
If you’ve volunteered in one of our events, you can redeem your FREE cake voucher at this event!


Well, that’s the end of Student Volunteering Week 2015! We hope you find something in the schedule that interests you, so that you can do your bit for the community and spread the volunteering joy. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t make any of our events – even by spending 50p on a cake from one of our cake sales, you’re making a difference!

Happy volunteering!


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