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!



Hi, we're Alice and Jasmine, your YUSU Volunteering Officers for 2017/18! Our job is to handle all of the volunteering opportunities within YUSU, whilst also working with Careers, the University, and Colleges. We have 16 student-led Volunteering projects and we put on one off events - MAD (Make A Difference) days, as well as advertising external volunteering opportunities to students. We are always keen to match students with these opportunities and are also open to new ideas.  

Each year, National Student Volunteering Week falls in Spring Term. We work alongside the national team to create volunteering opportunities for students to get involved in - please get in touch if you'd like to find out more.

Your YUSU Volunteering Committee 2017/18:

Charlotte Nicoll - Treasurer

Robyn Trowsdale - Secretary

Bea Watson - Projects Liaison Officer

Alice Hunter - Colleges Liaison Officer

Holly Elgood-Curtis - PR and Marketing Coordinator

Jack Rewcroft - Events Coordinator

Tierney Holloway - Events Coordinator

Hannah Land - Social Events Coordinator

Contact Details:

E: volunteering@yusu.org



YUSU’s Student Opportunities are announcing the Dame Judi Dench Volunteering Cup for 2017! The cup will go to the College that, over the course of the JCRC/CSA’s year in office, has consistently displayed the strongest vision for, commitment to, and involvement in volunteering and fundraising.

Every college is eligible to apply for the award. Applications will open in the autumn term when the committee has had ample time to develop their RAG and volunteering opportunities and to raise their RAG total for the year; applications will then be reviewed by a panel of Sabbatical Officers and members of staff. The winners will then be announced in the Spring Term, coinciding with National Student Volunteering Week 2018.

You should start volunteering and fundraising in your College now; you have an entire year to ensure that you can submit the best application possible and give your College the chance to be the champions of 2017!


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


Thank you to everyone who took part in National Student Volunteering Week 2017. Keep an eye on this page for updates on National Student Volunteering week 2018!