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Other Student Volunteering Groups

Other Student Volunteering Groups

Students are involved in volunteering across the university beyond DUSVO and college volunteering. We’re proud to be working with a variety of student groups who are making an effort to make a difference. Find out more about them below!

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Calling anyone who likes exciting science experiments and wants to inspire the next generation of scientists. We are a STEM outreach scheme funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and deliver exciting hands-on science sessions to children aged 7-14 across County Durham. The ChemSG scheme specifically targets local groups of Brownies, Guides, Scouts and Cubs, either inviting the groups into the department or visiting them at their meeting places. Volunteers are needed to help organise and deliver sessions.

Find ChemSG on our volunteering platform.

Contact ChemSG at [email protected]


Creative, Culture, and Heritage Engagement

Welcoming thousand of visitors each year acorss our our venues including the Oriental Museum, Palace Greeen Library, Museum of Archaeology and Durham Castle, we run a varied engagement programme from family activities to lectures to creative workshops and projects. Volunteers can get involved and contribute to this the work in many different ways, from engaging with visitors in the galleries, to supporting the work of our learning and egnagement team.

We are looking for volunteers who have a passion for museums and culture and who love working with people. There are openings for volunteers who want to work with us to deliver our learning and engagement programme, helping with school visits and running family activities and support event and festival delivery. These volunteering opportunities are popular and in high demand so please be aware that we cannot accept every volunteer that applies. We do, however, seek to ensure that each volunteer has the best possible experience in their placement.

Find Creative, Culture, and Heritage Engagement on our volunteering platform.

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DST (Durham Student Theatre) Outreach

Durham Student Theatre run two outreach project to support the arts in local schools. Every year, students visit two schools to run theatre workshops, culminating in performances by the pupils.

Find DST Outreach on our volunteering platform.

For more information please contact [email protected]

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DUSAGG (Durham University Scout and Guide Group)

Durham University Scout and Guide Group (DUSAGG) provide a place for students from Scouting and Guiding to come together and socialise. We provide socials, camps, hikes, and help coordinate volunteering efforts in the local community, encouraging our members to get involved with Scout and Guide groups within Durham.

We facilitate students to log their volunteering hours through Durham University Student Volunteering and Outreach (DUSVO), with current and past DUSAGG members playing a foundational role within Scouting in Durham City and District. Throughout each academic year, we organise a multitude of successful events. Most notably, our award winning annual event, Midnight Madness, provided the opportunity for over 150 Explorers and Rangers across the county to partake in an overnight challenge hike in 2024. Two of our other most locally renowned events, Indoor and Outdoor, enable young people to participate in a variety of physical and mental challenges. Both events have received a SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation) commendation for Best Activity, and were attended by nine groups in the local area. In the forthcoming academic year, we aim to continue the running of our pre-existing events, while simultaneously working collaboratively with Durham University to coordinate their new Scout and Guide Initiative.

Find DUSAGG on our volunteering platform.

For more information please contact [email protected]


DU Solar Car

We are Durham University Solar Car, a student-led motorsport team based in the Department of Engineering.

Through our volunteering opportunities at local schools, community groups and conferences, we aim to promote engineering and sustainable solutions.

Find DU Solar Car on our volunteering platform. 

For more information please contact [email protected]

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We have been working towards making the University sustainable for many years. In 2009, our Environmental Sustainability Strategy was named Greenspace.​ Greenspace aims to support all members of the University community to live and work more sustainably. The University’s Energy and Sustainability Team deliver Greenspace, which promotes all of the University’s Environmental Policies, Plans and Procedures. We coordinate environmental initiatives across the University with the help of our Environment Champions, Student Representatives and Steering Groups.

Find Greenspace on our volunteering platform.

Contact greenspace at [email protected]

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Launchpad (DU Charity Fashion Show)

As DUCFS looks to the future through this year’s campaign, we are excited to announce our new community focused outreach organization – DUCFS Launchpad. Grounded in DUCFS creative philanthropic objectives, Launchpad aims to provide a creative springboard for individuals across the North East, through several outreach projects, towards a brighter future.

Through a range of creative programmes, funded by 5% of the DUCFS total, DUCFS Launchpad aims to develop key practical life skills that can be taken into the wider community and professional creative workplace, while building strong bonds with our local community. Launchpad is structured around four pillars reflecting incremental parts of DUCFS: Music, Creative arts, Photography and Community. From September we are excited to be launching our first projects under these themes.

15 adolescents from the local area are excited to embark on our 10 week DJ program commencing in September, with the opportunity to perform at a DUCFS event at the end. Over the subsequent 6 months we hope to hold 4 cycles of our DJ school, supporting 60 local children in pursuing a career in music, opening up opportunities previously unavailable to them.

We are also proud to be partnering with local charity RTprojects who strive tackle suicide within the North East through creative arts. Finally, Launchpad Community works with several local community outreach groups on smaller projects. Previously we have ran two successful food and clothing drives to support several homeless groups and refugee communities in the North East.

Find DUCFS’ DJ Project on our volunteering platform.

Contact them at [email protected]

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Sexpression:UK is a near-peer independent UK charity with the goal of empowering young people to make decisions about relationships and sex by running informal and comprehensive RSHE in the community.

Find Sexpression on our volunteering platform.

Contact Sexpression at [email protected]

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Student Community Wardens

We are the Student Community Wardens, and our job is to help with community relations and make living out a smoother process for students.

Our opportunities will include volunteering in areas of recycling, sustainability and community relations and overall helping us to prevent a possible divide between students and non-students within Durham.

Find Student Community Wardens on our volunteering platform.