Education & Environment Projects

Education and Environment Projects

Education Projects

Maths Club

Want to inspire children and help them gain confidence in maths? Looking for valuable teaching experience?

Maths Club runs weekly lunchtime or after school clubs, using puzzles and games to help local primary school children enhance their maths skills in a fun environment. You don’t have to be an expert or have done this before!

Further Maths Club works with A Level Further Maths students to support and develop their abilities.This project takes just a couple of hours a week and looks great on your CV!

Volunteers go in pairs or small groups to both sessions and you can benefit just as much as the children do. To sum it up, Maths Club and Further Maths Club are exciting and worthwhile projects with visible results.

When?
Different times/dates available to volunteer throughout the week.

Flexible Commitment?
Yes.

Where?
Local primary schools in and around Durham.

Transport/Directions
The schools are accessible by foot or bus, and any necessary transport costs can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

To get involved please email - mathsclub.sca@durham.ac.uk

Brain Storm Science Club

Do you fancy being the next Brian Cox? Brain Storm Science Club runs ‘Science Fairs’ at local primary schools, where volunteers demonstrate experiments (e.g. baking soda volcanoes, DIY lava lamps) and educate the children on the concepts behind them. The project aims to remove the stigma that science is boring and promote STEM subjects to young children. The only requirements are that you are willing to volunteer a couple of hours a month, and bring your enthusiasm of science to the local schools!

When?
Volunteering in schools a few times a month.

Flexible commitment?
Yes.

Where?
Local primary schools in and around Durham.

Transport/Directions
The schools are accesible by foot or bus, and any necessary transport costs can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

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

MFL Primary

Volunteers work in local primary schools and help pupils to develop their speaking skills, confidence and love of languages. Activities include one-to-one tutoring, clubs at lunchtime or after school and taster sessions. The languages most in demand are French, Spanish and German. However, we are always keen to introduce other languages, so if you are proficient in any language then we’d be delighted to hear from you!

GCSE level is usually required (if unsure please get in touch).

When?
Various times/days throughout the week.

Flexible commitment?
Yes.

Where?
Local primary schools.

Transport/Directions
The schools are accessible by foot or bus, and any necessary transport costs can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

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

Scholars into Schools

Are you an international student who would like to visit local schools to share information about your home country, culture and language? Working closely with Durham County Council, Scholars in Schools sends international students into schools to teach primary and secondary students about countries outside of their borders, teaching mutual respect and tolerance of those of different practices, faiths and beliefs. Sessions can be about languages, daily life or anything else you can think of! The volunteering programme initially takes the form of a half day visit, typically as a mini cultural festival, however we will also be able to organise special events such as Chinese New Year activities.

When?
Wednesday 1-3pm

Flexible commitment?
Yes.

Where?
Various local schools and locations.

Transport/Directions
Locations are easily accessed by foot or bus, any necessary transport costs can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

Please email to get involved! scholar.sca@durham.ac.uk

Code Club

Volunteers help to run an after-school coding club in local primary schools to introduce children to a potentially new skill and develop their interest further. Coding training is available for volunteers.

Contact: codeclub.sca@durham.ac.uk

When?
Various weekly sessions.

Flexible Commitment?
Yes, you can teach Code Club sessions as frequently as you can, depending on your schedule.

Where?
Local primary schools in Durham.

Transport/Directions
Schools will be accessible by foot or bus, and any necessary transport costs can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes

Creche

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.

When?
A few hours per week.

Flexible?
(Information to be updated)

Where?
Crossgate Centre

Transport/Directions
Crossgate centre is easily accessible by foot, or if you need other transport to access the venue then DU Student Volunteering and Outreach can reimburse the costs.

DBS Required?
Yes.

Contact creche.sca@durham.ac.uk

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, DU Student Volunteering and Outreach can reimburse this.

DBS Required?
No.

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

CATSS Primary

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.

When?
2 day trips and weekly training in Epiphany term. A residential week in Easter and final day trip after exams.

Flexible?
No

Where?
Around the Durham area.

Travel/Directions
Transport for the day and residential trip will be provided by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes

If you’re interested please contact catss.sca@durham.ac.uk.

CATSS Secondary

Established in 2014, Children Achieving Through Student Support Secondary aims to build on the successes of one of DU Student Volunteering and Outreach’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.

When?
2 day trips and weekly training in Epiphany term. A residential week in Easter and final day trip after exams.

Flexible?
No

Where?
Around the Durham area.

Travel/Directions
Transport for the day and residential trip will be provided by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

If you are interested, please contact catsssecondary.sca@durham.ac.uk.

MFL Secondary

Interested in helping to promote languages in schools? The MFL Secondary Project runs weekly lunchtime and after school clubs for secondary school pupils, allowing them to discover a new side to language learning. Depending on arrangement between the schools and volunteers, sessions either build on the school curriculum through conversation clubs and help sessions, or avoid it entirely, giving pupils a chance to lean about a variety of different aspects relating to foreign cultures, such as food, music and traditions. The project is open to anyone interested in teaching any language; in the past volunteers have run clubs in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, with taster sessions in Arabic and Russian. New languages are always welcome! Volunteers typically work in pairs or small groups, and are usually free to plan their own sessions, particularly in beginner languages. It’s a perfect opportunity to meet with local pupils, try out new activities and just generally share your enthusiasm for language learning.

When?
Opportunities at different times/days throughout the week.

Flexible commitment?
Yes.

Where?
Local schools in and around Durham.

Transport/Directions
The schools are all accessible by foot or bus, any necessary transport costs can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

Contact mflsecondary.sca@durham.ac.uk

Cyber Champions

Cyber Champions is an established not-for-profit organisation that delivers digital literacy and e-safety workshops to school pupils. The project teaches pupils to be digitally savvy through best practices, in a world of continually evolving cyber threats. The project consists of 1 hour workshops being delivered by volunteers to a range of age groups. The project provides a baseline level of digital personal safety knowledge, both for the students and volunteers.

When?
Usually 2-3 times per term, whenever the schools request us.

Flexible commitment?
Yes.

Where?
Local primary schools.

Transport/Directions
The schools are accessible by foot or bus, any necessary transport costs can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

Contact Eloise at cyberchampions.sca@durham.ac.uk

One-to-One Tutoring

An incredibly popular and rewarding project, one-to-one tutoring pairs volunteers with pupils from local schools for weekly tutoring sessions. As well as greatly enhancing the pupils’ academic development, grades and aspirations, it gives both the pupils and volunteers greater confidence and skills. You will be allocated a suitable pupil according to your desired subject and level (usually GCSE or A-level), after which you can tailor sessions to the pupil’s needs and your own timetable.

When?
Mon-Thurs, 7pm-8pm.

Flexible Commitment?
No, you will usually be required to attend to tutor your same tutee at the same time every week.

Where?
University venues, usually Elvet Riverside.

Transport/Directions
University buildings are easily accessible on foot, any other transport requirements for accessibility can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

Sign ups for the next academic year 2019/20 will open around August time - please get in touch then to sign up to tutor.

Please contact student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk with any questions.

Sixth Form Tutoring

This project involves tutoring sixth form students at our nearby Durham Sixth Form Centre. Volunteers will be paired with students, teaching them a specific subject alongside helping to guide them through the UCAS process. Tutoring with us is very flexible and once you’re matched with a tutee you can arrange a time that works best for both of you. This is a great project which can be really fun!

When?
At the same time each week but volunteers can choose times.

Flexible commitment?
No, you are expected to attend every week to help your tutees at the agreed time.

Where?
Durham Sixth Form Centre.

Transport/Directions
Durham Sixth Form Centre is down by Freeman's Quay, in the centre of Durham easily accesible by foot. If other transport is required for accessibility purposes, this can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

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

Students 4 Students

Our aim is to educate young children and help them achieve their full potential, and empower young adults. We provide completely free one-to-one tutoring services from University students to primary school children in need. We’re committed to integrating communities and inspiring children, by Students, 4 Students. Join us to make a difference!

When?
Each week at an agreed time/day.

Flexible Commitment?
No.

Where?
In local Durham schools.

Transport/Directions
The schools are easily accesible by foot or bus, any necessary transport costs can be reimbursed by DU Student Volunteering and Outreach.

DBS Required?
Yes.

Please email chair.durham@students4students.org.uk to get involved!

Environment Projects

DU Student Volunteering and Outreach regularly offers opportunities to get involved with environment-focussed volunteering activities in and around Durham. Student volunteers often work with partners including: Wharton Park, Botanic Gardens, Old Durham Gardens, the Auckland Project, Durham City Council, Durham Wildlife Trust, and more.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and our weekly email for notifications of these opportunities.

If you have any ideas for new environmental volunteering opportunities or projects, please email education.sca@durham.ac.uk.