Community Projects

Community Projects

With SCA, you can get involved in a number of student-led projects with adults. They’re a great way to interact with other generations and people from different backgrounds: they can offer lasting friendships and valuable life experience.

Adults in the Community

English Corner

We offer 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. Meeting weekly, volunteers take part in discussions and language games. The project is a great opportunity for both language and international students to practice their language skills, as well as other students wanting to brush up on speaking and listening in a foreign language. There will be plenty of fun activities planned, such as film nights and themed socials, so come along, whether you want to help or to learn!

When?
Wednesdays, 6.30-7.30pm.

Flexible Commitment?
Yes.

Where?
The Law School (PCL050).

Transport/Directions
The Law School is easily accessible by foot. If you require other transport for accessibility reasons, SCA can reimburse this.

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email englishcorner.sca@durham.ac.uk

Durham Minds

We believe that communities should provide inclusive support to individuals struggling with their mental health, and our project achieves this through practical, fun activities and transformative listening-based projects. Through our partnership organisations, you will be able to volunteer your time, friendship and skills to make a positive difference in these 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 challenges and develops public perceptions, and allows you to interact with real people’s stories. We channel this understanding into awareness campaigns, which interact with the university and colleges by running informative fundraising nights.

The Durham Minds project offers many volunteering opportunities and will include regular socials for all volunteers, so we can share our experiences in a relaxed setting.

When?
Set times when we visit our community partners, the R T Project, St Margaret's Centre and Waddington Street Centre, exact times will be confirmed soon!

Flexible Commitment?
Some activities are flexible and some are less flexible, get in contact to find out more!

Where? At our partners' community centres, R T Project, St Margaret’s Centre and Waddington Street Centre. Other opportunities may be available to get involved with around Durham.

Transport/Directions?
Your project leader will advise you which bus to get to the community partners, and SCA will reimburse the costs for you! Some venues may be in walking distance.

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email mentalhealth.sca@durham.ac.uk

Computeas

We help older people in Durham to learn basic computer and internet skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The content of each session varies, as does the skill-level and experience of participants. However, volunteers only need the basic IT skills that all of us students take for granted. Step-by-step explanatory sheets are provided to help with teaching people how to do things such as send e-mails or shop online. There is no fixed programme; volunteers and participants can decide to work together on whatever they wish. Sessions also include plenty of chatting and free biscuits, enabling relationships to be built across the generations.

When?
Wednesdays 2-3.30pm, every two weeks.

Flexible Commitment?
Yes, come along and volunteer when you can!

Where?
Durham Clayport Library.

Transport/directions
The library is in the city centre, opposite the Gala Theatre and Cinema. You can walk or get a bus there easily! SCA will reimburse any necessary travel costs.

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email computeas.sca@durham.ac.uk

Generations Together

The aim of Generations Together is to alleviate the loneliness and isolation elderly people in our community sometimes feel. Two or three volunteers are paired up with one elderly resident to visit their home on a weekly or fortnightly basis, to offer friendly conversation and companionship. On occasions, volunteers might help with small tasks, such as doing some gardening or cleaning. If you are not able to do this on a regular basis, there are other ways to get involved, as every term different social events are organised, such as tea parties or trips to the theatre.

When?
At a time that suits both you and the person you are visiting!

Flexible?
Our home visits are weekly or fortnightly, but if you can't commit to this we have more flexible opportunities too!

Where?
Around Durham City Centre.

Transport/Directions
Volunteers visit local people by foot or bus, bus costs can be reimbursed by SCA!

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email generations.sca@durham.ac.uk

NEPACS (North East Prison After Care Society)

NEPACS offers practical and emotional support to people visiting prisons in the North East of England. NEPACS can only recruit students who have the same day available for the whole academic year and those who are looking for a longer term opportunity. We recruit student volunteers between April-October each year, and then student recruitment is put on hold from November-March. So if you are interested in this project, you’ll need to get your application in soon!

If you are interested in applying you can download an expression of interest form from the website at http://www.nepacs.co.uk/page/volunteer-opportunities

DASH

DASH (Durham Action on Single Housing) is a local charity that provides accommodation with support to people who are homeless or are about to become homeless, in particular, vulnerable women. Volunteers help with practical sessions such as cooking or make-up lessons. The charity also wants to provide residents with the opportunity to visit places in the region as a social, recreational and learning experience. This will include visits to museums, galleries, the theatre, country parks and local events and activities which you can help raise money for. See the website for more information:https://www.dashorg.co.uk/

When?
Volunteer with DASH whenever you can, at a time that suits you.

Flexible?
Yes!

Where?
DASH office - Dragonville Ind Pk/Dragon Lane, Durham, DH1 2XW

Travel/Directions
You can walk up to the office or there are many buses which go up into Gilesgate very close to DASH's office. Bus costs can be reimbursed by SCA.

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email dash.sca@durham.ac.uk.

Beyond Food

The Beyond Food project works with Trussell Trust’s Durham food bank to provide food parcels for disadvantaged families in the east of Durham. The food collection boxes are placed in colleges and the project leaders arrange for pickup and collection by the Trussell Trust’s Durham Foodbank.

When?
There are usually opportunities to food bank sorting every week. Other activities are also regularly available.

Flexible?
Yes. You can attend foodbank sessions (usually 1-4hours) when you can, or join in with other campaigns etc.

Where?
The foodbank we work with is in Chester-le-Street, but there may be opportunities to volunteer around Durham too.

Transport/Directions
Chester-le-Street is easily reached by train in about 10 minutes. Any transport costs can be reimbursed by SCA.

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email beyondfood.sca@durham.ac.uk

Tea Parties

You are warmly invited for a cuppa, cake and a chat with some of Durham’s residents aged over 55. Tea parties are hosted twice to three times a term in St. Oswalds Church Hall (near the Science Site). During each session we include entertainment alongside food; favourites have included bingo and a visit from Swing Dance Society, although a good natter is often just as nice.

When? 
Two to three times a term. Tea Parties will last a few hours.

Flexible?
Yes, help organise and attend tea parties when you can!

Where?
St Oswald's Church Hall.

Travel/Directions
The venue is easy to reach by foot, it is near the science site!

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email teaparties.sca@durham.ac.uk

Otters Swim Club

At Otters we volunteer with an external swim club working with both adults and children with various mobility and learning difficulties. The work we do fun as well as rewarding, as we play a range of games during each session. If you feel like coming down for a splash please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

When?
Mondays 6pm-7pm.

Flexible?
Weekly or every other week attendance is required.

Where?
Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre.

Travel/Directions
The leisure centre is easily accessible by foot, it is near the Gala Theatre and Cinema. If any bus travel is required for you to access the venue, SCA can reimburse this cost.

DBS Required?
Yes.

To get involved please email otter.club@durham.ac.uk

Alington House

We work with visually impaired individuals to provide entertainment and companionship, helping to run sessions for up to 20 adults ranging from ages 20-92! Sessions are run on a Monday (11am-1pm) and whilst the majority of activities such as baking or karaoke are held at Alington House, we have taken part in trips to places such as a recording studio.

When?
Mondays from 11am-1pm.

Flexible?
(Information to be updated shortly)

Where?
Alington House on the Bailey, near the Cathedral.

Travel/Directions
Alington House is easily accessible by foot, but if you require any transport to access the venue, SCA can reimburse this.

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email alingtonhouse.sca@durham.ac.uk

Beyond Boundaries

Volunteers have the opportunity to support physically and mentally disabled adults through conservation work on Fowl Green Farm.

When?
Fortnightly, Wednesday afternoons 2-6pm.

Flexible Commitment?
Yes

Where?
Fowl Green Farm, North Yorkshire

Transport/Directions
Transport provided, you will be driven to the farm by a member of SCA staff.

DBS Needed?
No.

Animal Projects

Dog Walking

There are two different opportunities for dog walking within the project:

Residential Dog Walking –

This project coordinates dog-walkers for residents who may not be able to walk their dogs regularly, whether this is due to illness, operations, from being housebound or working full-time. Most walkers walk once a week. Volunteers can state their preference of type/size of dog. If you miss your pet or just want to get some fresh air in our beautiful surroundings, this flexible project is perfect for you!

SAD Kennels Walking –

This project involves volunteering at the Deerness stray action kennels near Durham, walking dogs who are waiting to be rehomed.

SCA Dog Show - 

There will also be the opportunity to be involved with a charity dog show on the 16th of December 2018.

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When?
Residential dog walking is a weekly at a time that suits you and the dog owner, you will probably be required to walk the dog for around 30 minutes at least.
Kennel volunteering is 9:30am-11am at Dearness and 10am-3pm at Stray Aid, Mon-Fri! How many hours you want to volunteer for is flexible.

Flexible Commitment?
Residential dog walking is a weekly commitment and is not flexible.
Kennel volunteering is flexible.
The Dog Show is a one-off event on the 16th of December 2018, up to you whether you would like to get involved!

Where?
Residential Dog Walking takes place in the local area, near dog owners' homes.
Kennel volunteering takes place at Dearness Kennels and Stray Aid Kennels in Durham.
The Dog Show in December will take place at Maiden Castle Sports Centre.

Transport/Directions
You will travel to and from local dog owners' homes for residential dog walking, we can help advise you on transport options if you need!
Transport to the kennels and back will be arranged by or reimbursed by SCA.
You will need to make your own way to Maiden Castle for the Dog Show.

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email dogwalking.sca@durham.ac.uk

Children in the Community

Free Cakes for Kids

Free Cakes for Kids is a community service for families who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child, due to a lack of funds or time. All the cakes are baked by volunteers and decorated in line with the child’s favourite theme or style. So if you’re a keen baker and just can’t eat anymore, please get in touch!

When?
Whenever service users in the community request a cake!

Flexible?
Yes, just respond to an email sent out by the project leader if you are able to help make a cake!

Where?
You can bake a cake at home and simply drop it at an agreed location, usually at the SCA office in the Palatine Centre at the University Science Site.

Transport/Directions
Not applicable for this project.

DBS Required?
No.

To get involved please email cakesforkids.sca@durham.ac.uk