Welcome to Student Community Action, the home of student volunteering at Durham University! We’re here to respond to the needs of the local community, and to offer volunteering opportunities to our students. We are open to all students, get involved as a volunteer or help in the running of the organisation – both undergraduates and postgraduates, full time and part time are welcome!


We’re proud to be a student-led, community-focused organisation. Established in 1989, we aim to support the local community, and offer a unique volunteering experience to Durham students. It’s easy to get involved, whether participating in a project as a volunteer or leader, standing for election to the exec, or representing SCA Volunteering in your college.

Overseen by a student executive committee working alongside permanent staff and based in the Palatine Centre, SCA has long been at the centre of the Durham student experience.

We work within Durham’s colleges, organising events and fundraising. Our College Ambassadors promote SCA and provide a point of contact between their respective college and SCA’s central team.

We also offer an exciting calendar of major fundraising events, including jazz nights and wine tasting evenings. Our annual Durham Volunteering Awards ceremony recognises and celebrates the commitment made by Durham students to the local community.

You can look at all our projects that we have on offer and drop us an email if you have any queries.