Lead a project

Projects we are currently recruiting project leaders for:

Durham Minds (Lizz and Hannah, mentalhealth.sca@durham.ac.uk)

We believe that communities should provide inclusive support to the mentally ill, and our project will achieve this through practical, fun activities and transformative listening-based projects. As a project leader, you will work with our partnership organisations to allow users to volunteer their time, friendship and skills to make a positive difference in people’s lives. 1 in 4 people suffer from mental ill health at some point in their life, yet there is still a strong social stigma surrounding these illnesses. This project will challenge and develop your perceptions, and allow you to interact with real people’s stories. We aim to channel this understanding into an awareness campaign, which will interact with the university and colleges by running informative fundraising nights.

English Corner (Katie and Marie – englishcorner.sca@durham.ac.uk)

English Corner offers a place for international students to meet up with fluent English-speaking volunteers to make friends, have fun, and learn about one another’s cultures whilst improving their confidence in English communication. Sessions are ran by the Project Leader and their volunteers, and have included trips to Beamish Museum, trips to Bells for traditional Fish and Chips, and sessions on the four unique countries that make up the United Kingdom – and you may even learn how to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!

Keenan House (Eleanor and Becky, keenan.sca@durham.ac.uk)

Good with kids? Enjoy learning about other cultures? Want to influence the future of an expanding project? Then the homework club at Keenan House could be for you! We help primary school children- many of whom are not native speakers of English- with their schoolwork, as well as supervising a variety of recreational activities. As a Project Leader, you would supervise sessions to ensure that all the children finished their homework, before running some games for the kids to play afterward! The project traditionally finishes with a party to celebrate the year, or a trip to the cinema to expand the children’s knowledge of English.

Primary Teaching Assistants (Hassan, primaryschools.sca@durham.ac.uk)

This project allows you to volunteer as a teaching assistant with a year group of your choice, supporting the teacher with classroom activities. You may also help provide much needed one-to-one and small group support that greatly enhances the children’s learning. A range of primary schools are available in the area depending on age group choice, travel time and transport availability (travel costs are reimbursed). Fantastic for those interested in working with children, this is a popular project that provides great experience and enjoyment, as well as making a real difference to the children’s learning. With over 30 active volunteers, your job as a Project Leader is to match volunteers to schools depending on demand and availability to ensure this popular project continues to make a real difference!

Science Club (Jenny and Josh, scienceclub.sca@durham.ac.uk)

Passionate about Science? Enjoy working with kids? This is the project for you! Science Club involves running sessions after school to engage kids in science, using experiments and games to make science fun! As a Project Leader, you can plan sessions and experiments that both volunteers and children will love, run your own club, and arrange for more clubs to run across County Durham!


To apply for any of the roles, please read through the roles and responsibility of project leader, fill out the application form, and return to community.action@durham.ac.uk ASAP

Roles and Responsibilities of Project Leaders

Good Luck!

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