SCA offers a range of student-led projects with children. They’re great fun, always full of energy, and a brilliant opportunity to help people develop at an early stage of their lives.
Children Achieving Through Student Support is an extremely worthwhile, challenging, yet rewarding, flagship project. CATSS provides a time of respite for 23 local children, aged 7-11, from hard to reach backgrounds. Through fortnightly training, you’ll provide the awesome experiences these children deserve, helping them to develop social skills and give them the time, space and fun every child needs! As well as gaining a range of certified training, as a volunteer, you’ll get the chance to lead a range of exciting activities. On our action packed three daytrips and weeklong residential, there will be activities such as wheelchair basketball, crafts, a trip to the farm and a day at the beach just to name a few!
You will be part of one great team of dedicated students, who become great friends, aiming to give these children an amazing week! CATSS is a life-changing project for all involved, children and volunteers alike.
Where? Around the Durham area
When? 2 day trips and weekly training in Epiphany term; residential week in Easter’ final day trip after exams
If you’re interested please look at the information pack found below, and contact Abby on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for the 2017/18 academic year have now closed.
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Established in 2014, Children Achieving Through Student Support Secondary aims to build on the successes of one of SCA’s flagship projects CATSS Primary. CATSS Secondary works with a group of young people aged 11-13 years who are from hard to reach backgrounds. CATSS volunteers give young people the chance to challenge themselves/ try new things, such as rock climbing or swimming and the project is packed full of activities, laughter and fun! We want to provide a team of positive adult role models and are looking for hard working, enthusiastic and willing volunteers. There is no specific need for prior experience and full training is provided. The project will run over two fun-filled day trips and an action packed week away in the local Durham area over Easter; aiming to provide a safe and encouraging environment for young people to develop their confidence as well as offering an opportunity for respite.
If you are interested, please look at the information pack found below and contact Grace at: email@example.com.
Applications for the 2017/18 academic year have now closed.
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Based in Durham city, this project works with children aged 0-5. Volunteers support regular staff with activities including games and general care of the young children, with all activities supervised by trained staff. Perfect for those interest in education or early years care, this project offers both enjoyment and valuable experience. Volunteers would be required for an hour or two each week or on a regular basis.
Where? Crossgate Centre, just outside Durham city centre.
When? A few hours per week.
Contact Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. This flexible volunteering opportunity allows you to have fun; develop transferable skills; and meet new people, while providing support that is greatly appreciated by the children and their families. In fact, all that’s missing from our project… is you!
When?Thursday evenings during term time 5pm-7pm
Where? Keenan House – a short, free bus ride from Durham
Contact Amy at email@example.com
The Thurston Drama and Art Project runs evening performing arts activities for children aged 8-15, giving them the opportunity to engage in drama when they may not get the chance to do so elsewhere. We’re looking for one main thing in our volunteers: enthusiasm! No past theatrical experience is required, but the skills you’ll develop with the project include leadership, confidence and problem-solving – along with many others!
Where? Bowburn Community Centre – transport provided.
When? Friday evenings, meet at 5:30pm at the bus stop outside the Palatine Centre to catch the free X12 bus – finishes at 9pm.
Contact Benjamin and Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org
This youth group has been created by, and for the young people aged 4-16 of Wheatley Hill with the help of Durham students. It aims to provide a safe and fun evening for the children in an area with very few opportunities. The activities on offer can be defined by you alongside the young people, and so far boxing lessons, dance lessons, drama, cooking and art sessions have been suggested! We hope to get many more activities going in the near future, to cater to as many of the children’s preferences as possible – but to do that, we need YOU!
Where? Around Durham – transport provided.
Contact Kat and Nicola at email@example.com
The holiday camps are a great opportunity for a project leader to organise activities and volunteers for a range of children over the school holidays. The camps will feature a range of activities including craft activities and games. This project is ideal for anyone looking for extra experience working with children in a fun and lively environment.
This is one of the projects run by Team Durham Community – follow THIS LINK to find out more about our other volunteer opportunities!
Contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s parties is a new project that works closely with the Integrating Children charity to organise a series of themed parties for children with disabilities. In the past we have done Harry Potter themed events and worked with University societies to create a fun, relaxed and enjoyable environment. Children’s parties are looking for volunteers who are interested in working with children, especially if you have fun ideas for parties and themes!
Contact Elinor and Katrina at email@example.com
The RDA project runs a weekly trip to Washington Riding Centre, a local specialist centre which provides therapeutic lessons for disabled riders. Our job is to support both the disabled riders and the riding centre, therefore our activities include feeding, grooming, tacking up, as well as leading the horses in lessons. The RDA project is perfect for horse-lovers who want to escape the Durham bubble for a few hours each week and don’t mind getting a bit mucky!
When? Saturdays or Sundays, 1-5pm
Where? The Riding School for Special People or Washington Riding Centre
How? Transport provided
Contact Janni & Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org
GOALs (Go Out And Live) is an initiative which runs weekly informal sessions involving activities and trips for young adults with learning difficulties, from the local area. These trips widen opportunities available to them and aim to improve the social skills and self-confidence of our service users. Volunteers normally spend the evening chatting and socialising with the service users in a range of different social settings and past sessions have included subsidized meals at restaurants, pub trips, ice skating, firework displays, movie and game nights. Weekly commitment is not essential, but regular participation would be lovely and any new ideas are always welcome!
Where? Various locations within walking distance of Durham City Centre
When? Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm
Contact Josh and Jack at email@example.com