YUSU Volunteering provides quality opportunities for students to volunteer, encounter new experiences, develop skills and make a difference to the community, both locally and within the university. We have a range of opportunities available through our 16 student-led volunteering projects, one-off events with charities and other voluntary organisations. There is something to suit all interests and time commitments with chances to work with people in big and small groups, challenge yourself and learn new things. Browse through the opportunities below, find something that appeals to you and get in touch!

There are different avenues through which you can volunteer with YUSU:


Volunteering at YUSU is divided into different aspects:


These are long-term, entirely student-led projects that run with support from the Activities Officer, Community and Wellbeing Officer and Student Opportunities Coordinator (Volunteering & RAG). We have 16 volunteering projects currently that provide a diverse range of opportunities which fit into four broad categories- Children and Young People, Conservation and the Arts, Older People and Campaigns, Welfare and Community.

One-off Opportunities

We appreciate that sometimes your schedule is so busy that a long-term volunteering opportunity is not Have only a limited time to volunteer? Not to worry, we have plenty of opportunities available to suit your schedule. Have a look at our Give it a Go schedule and come along to the sessions on there, or get in touch with the Volunteering Officers, Ellie and Hannah (volunteering@yusu.org), to sign up to their mailing list.

This year, we are looking for ‘RAGlets’- volunteers who are interested in volunteering at fundraising events. You can help just on the day, or you can help the RAG committee in the organising of events. Get in touch with your RAG Officer, Roz Walton (rag@yusu.org) to sign up to the mailing list.

College Volunteering

Most colleges at the University of York provide volunteering opportunities for their students, either through projects that each college committee sets up, or through their local charity partner. This changes year on year, so please get in touch with your college to find out more!


The Volunteering committee consists of 10 students, including the Volunteering Officers, and the Student Activities Officer. If you have any questions about volunteering, setting up a project or want to sign up to the mailing list, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

E: volunteering@yusu.org




Getting involved in YUSU Volunteering couldn’t be simpler:

  • Have a look at the many projects we support, and see if there’s anything that interests you. You can get in touch directly with them for more information.
  • If you could like to be involved in college volunteering, get in touch with your College volunteering reps
  • Pop in to see our Activities Officer at the Student Centre to chat about what’s on that you can get take part in
  • Get in touch via volunteering@yusu.org to be put our volunteering mailing list to receive periodic e-mails detailing opportunities that might interest you
  • If you would like to set up a new project, contact the Student Opportunities Coordinator for Volunteering- s.blyth-bristow@yusu.org


We’re currently in the planning process for National Student Volunteering Week 2017 which is week 7 of spring term. Keep an eye on this page for updates on our plans!