32 days to go!


It is the 1st September today, and that means it is only 32 days until term starts at Durham University! To celebrate, we challenge you to get your aprons on and release the inner Mary Berry in you with our project of the week… 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. The cakes are baked by volunteers in the child’s favourite theme or style. So if you’re a keen baker and just can’t eat anymore, get in touch!

Contact Ellen and Olivia at cakesforkids.sca@durham.ac.uk to get your bake on!

fcfk bake sale

Work in the world of volunteering

Are you still unsure about what you want to do after graduation? Three exciting jobs have opened within student volunteering! All jobs are fixed term for 1 year and commence Summer 2016. Click on the job titles below to view a full description.

SCA Durham Officer 2016

SCA Queen’s Campus 2016

SVO Sabbatical post 2016

Applications deadline has been extended to THURSDAY 3RD MARCH 2016

Applications should include an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you would like to be offered the post and what skills and experience you possess to allow you to succeed in the role.

Send any questions and email applications regarding the SCA roles to Rebecca (rebecca.byrne@durham.ac.uk)

Send any questions and email applications regarding the SVO role to Andy (a.j.cattermole@durham.ac.uk)


We’ve started the countdown to fresher’s week and with only 9 days to go we’re looking forward to meeting more volunteers (old and new!) and excited to see what you all get up to with SCA 2015/16…


Volunteer in Durham Prison

If you are interested in supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners and are interested in working either directly with prisoners or with their families why not volunteer with SCA and Team Durham Community. If you are interested in finding out more about our opportunities come to our information session any time between 2pm-4pm on Monday 1st June in W205 (in the Geography building). Alternatively email community.action@durham.ac.uk to register your interest and find out more.

Prison advert big

Work for SCA

The job of Queen’s campus officer is now open! This is a one year role working for SCA, starting in the Summer. The role is based in Queen’s campus 4 days a week and Durham one day a week in term time and in Durham Campus during holidays. The role is gives recent graduates a chance to develop volunteer management and a great opportunity for event planning including planning training for over 800 volunteers each year.Deadline for applications is 9am, Friday 5th  June. Interviews will take place Monday 15th June. If you have any questions email rebecca.byrne@durham.ac.uk

SCA Queen’s Campus 2015

oSCArs 2015

The oSCArs is a chance to celebrate all the volunteering which has taken place this year.

oSCArs 2015 will take place on Wednesday 10th June 2015 in Castle Great Hall. It is open to all volunteers, ambassadors, project leaders and anyone who has had anything to do with SCA in the passed year. The dress code is formal with a hint of blue. The evening will consist of a sparkling reception, an wards ceromony with free wine, followes by a ceilidh.

Reserve your place by emailing Kathryn at events.sca@durham.ac.uk

Don’t forget to nominate for a volunteer for an award by 22nd May. You can nominate as many volunteers as you think deserve an award. Just email events.sca@durham.ac.uk with your nomination and why you think they deserve an award.
Golden Oldie
Shiny Newbie
College Ambassador
Project Leader- Community
Project Leader-Education
Project Leader-Queen’s Campus
Star Volunteer

Student Volunteering Week 2015

SCA would like to invite you to take part in Student Volunteering Week 2015

23rd February – 1st March

Student Volunteering Week (SVW) brings together organisations from all sectors to promote and celebrate the volunteering efforts of students across the universities and colleges in the UK.

SCA is a part of SVW again this year, and we have a fantastic range of exciting events planned for our volunteers! This includes special one-off events and insights into to some of our existing projects.

Interested? Fantastic! Take a look at our schedule and how you can get involved here

Alternatively, come along to our LIVE AT THE RIVERSIDE Launch Event where you can hear all about what the week will bring and also be thoroughly entertained by our offerings of music, comedy and even a raffle. We know – we spoil you.

For more information, drop us an email on community.action@durham.ac.uk , message us on Facebook or Tweet us, or, if you’re in the area, pop into the office.


Job roles for the Durham Officer and Queen’s Campus Officer are now open! These
are year roles working for SCA, starting in the Summer. Deadline for applications is 9am, Friday 27th February. Interviews will take place 4th-6th March. If you have any questions email rebecca.byrne@durham.ac.uk

SCA Durham Officer 2015

SCA Queen’s Campus 2015

Experience Durham also have 2 other exciting fixed-term posts both starting in the summer. One with the Staff Volunteering team (contact a.j.cattermole@durham.ac.uk for more info) and the other in Alumni Development, Fundraising and Sponsorship  (contact chantelle.cummings@durham.ac.uk for more info)

Alumni development, fundraising, sponsorship job 2015-16

SVO Sabbatical post 2015