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Student Community Action is a student volunteering group at Durham University.If you want to find out more about us go to our Welcome page.

If you are a student and want to get involved we have a whole host of Projects

Check out the Experience Durham page for more volunteering opportunities

If you are a member of the community and want to find out more about our projects which may be of interest to you or people you know find out in Information for the Local Community

Take a look at our video to meet some of our student volunteers!

Interesting Fact! The Times Higher Student Experience Survey showed Durham as number one for extracurricular activities and Societies in 2014.

CATSS Applications 2017/18 Deadline Extended!

CATSS is one of SCA’s flagship projects. Students take up to 24 disadvantaged children aged 7-11 (Primary) and up to 18 aged 11-13 (Secondary), from hard to reach backgrounds, on day trips and a residential trip away full of activities, fun and lots of laughter!
CATSS creates a safe and fun environment, giving children the opportunity to develop their confidence, make friends, and benefit from positive role models. We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help us give these children their childhoods back!
Want to apply?
Please email Hannah with a completed application form (see below) on community.action@durham.ac.uk. The deadline is 11pm on 6th November 2017, which needs to be sent back to community.action@durham.ac.uk, to make sure you have a chance to get short listed for interview!

For more information please look at the CATSS Information Booklet here:

CATSS Information Booklet 2017/18

CATSS Application Form 2017/2018

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SCA Freshers’ Fairs

FRESHERS’ FAIRS: WEDNESDAY 4TH (10AM-6PM) AND THURSDAY 5TH (1PM-6PM) OCTOBER @ ELVET RIVERSIDE 1

INDUCTIONS: 9TH, 10TH, 11TH  AND 18TH OCTOBER (7-8PM) @ ELVET RIVERSIDE

The Fresher’s Fairs will take place on the 4th October and 5th October. The SCA executive committee and SCA project leaders will be there to provide you with all the information you will need to get involved, boost your CV and meet new people.

The volunteer inductions this year will run on the 9th, 10th, 11th and 18th October – get these in your diaries! You need to attend an induction before you can volunteer. These sessions will provide you with the necessary training in adult and child safeguarding and social media policy along with giving you the opportunity to sign up to our volunteer database and get DBS checks started. Please note that you need three forms of ID for a DBS check from the list attached. Bring these along to the inductions to get a head start on your DBS application.

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Applications for our CATSS Primary and CATSS Secondary Project Leaders are now open!

Children Achieving Through Student Support is an extremely worthwhile, challenging and rewarding flagship project of SCA Volunteering. CATSS provides a time of respite for local primary and secondary school children from disadvantaged backgrounds. In a team you will plan and run action-packed day trips and a weeklong residential for these children. There are loads of activities such as wheelchair basketball, crafts, sports and    a trip to a farm and an activity centre.

Please look at the information pack found below, and then you will need to fill in the application form and return it to Luke at community.action@durham.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 12th May.

CATSS Leadership Team Application Form 2017-18

CATSS Project Leaders Information 2017-18

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Your chance to work for SCA!

Would you like to work for Durham University’s largest volunteer organisation? This might be your chance!

SCA Volunteering has re-opened applications for the sabbatical role of SCA Queens Officer! Please see the job description for more information about the role HERE.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Applications should be submitted by email to katie.j.stobbs@durham.ac.uk

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.

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Student Volunteering Week 2017 is here!

Student Volunteering Week (SVW) 2017 is just around the corner! On Monday 20th February, students across the country will be volunteering and helping their local communities and Durham is not missing out!

Click here for the SVW2017 schedule of all the volunteering opportunities we are running for SVW, including the annual Harry Potter children’s party; a visit to Washington Stables to help with horse riding for the disabled and even a visit to a farm in North Yorkshire!HP party durham 1

Some of our projects are also running a “Give it a Go” sessions for the week! From an informal chat with adults at GOALS, to running drama activities for kids in our Thurston Drama Project, there is something for everyone to get involved in!

All you need to do to get involved in our sessions is make sure you sign up to our database, and then use this link (https://www.dur.ac.uk/experiencedurham/studentvolunteering/one-offs/ss/) to sign up for as many sessions as you want! We do have a maximum capacity on some activities, so make sure you sign up quickly to volunteer!

CATSS Applications are LIVE!

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CATSS Applications are now open! CATSS (Children Achieving Through Student Support)

Do YOU have what it takes to help us change the lives of these children forever? CATSS takes children aged 6-11 for Primary, and 11-13 for Secondary, from hard to reach backgrounds, on a week-long activity holiday as well as days out!

Attached below is the CATSS application form for both projects

Please email to:

Primary school aged project: catss.sca@durham.ac.uk

Secondary school aged project: catsssecondary.sca@durham.ac.uk 

Or alternatively hand in to the SCA office, PC12 in the Palatine Centre

If you want to be considered for both projects, please email your application form to both projects.

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Experience Durham Freshers Fairs!!

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This years Experience Durham fairs will be on Tuesday 4th October (13:00-18:00) and Wednesday 5th October (10:00-16:00)! Meet our Project Leaders, our Exec and our Staff! All of our SCA Volunteering projects will be there on the day, and with a range of different projects from Residential camps for kids, Dog Walking, Teaching Assistants, Language classes and many more, you do not want to miss out! Find out more on our Facebook Event HERE

We are also holding a Queens Campus SCA Volunteering Freshers Fair on the 6th October 16:00-18:00 in the Holliday building, room A011. For more information, check out our Facebook Event HERE

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14 days until Freshers Week!!

With only 14 days to go, and 15 days until our first Experience Durham Freshers Fair of the year, we in the office have had an exciting delivery…. Our Project Leader, Staff and Exec sweaters!! Look out for these around campus! We are very excited to meet all the new students, and say hello to all those returning! 14388779_1417274291622902_808657413_n 14397229_1417274351622896_6024923_n

32 days to go!

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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!

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