We have a wide range of volunteering projects avialable. Click below to find out more.
- Edible Uni
- Open Minds
- Tea and Coffee Club
- Teddy Bear Hospital
- Theatre in Schools
- Viva Voce
Babylon sends student volunteers into schools to promote language learning and share cultures with 7-11 year olds in local York schools. We run languages sessions in the form of small group sessions during school, lunchtime clubs and after school clubs. This year we are really excited to continue on the success of our first cultural workshop! If you have a GCSE in a language or would like to share your culture then please get in touch and we’ll help you get involved!
A student/staff project turning unused green spaces on campus into edible gardens for all to enjoy at the University of York.
We are a group of volunteers making the university a bit more fruitful one raspberry at a time. Whether you're an expert or a beginner everyone is welcome. So come on down, join us and enjoy the therapeutic experience that is gardening. We'll provide all the tools, you just have to be there.
Please join us even if it’s only for half an hour! You will be amazed to find how calming and stress-releasing gardening is. No experience needed. Tools and gloves provided.
How to get involved:
- Every Wednesday 2-4pm.
- Location: varies every week. We have plots in Alcuin, James, Derwent,Halifax and Goodricke. Please check our Facebook / weekly email updates.
Inkwell is project which allows students to help children develop their literacy and creative writing skills through a number of different workshops and afterschool sessions, in a fun and informal way. Our main objective at Inkwell is to foster a love of learning and writing in as many children as possible in a way that is tonnes of fun for both the children and the volunteer. Opportunities to help out with Inkwell are varied and can be as flexible as you would like; from one off classroom assistant roles at our library sessions, to helping out weekly in-school sessions or even mucking in and helping us make the various resources we need to keep the project running (cardboard painting galore!). This project is fantastic for anyone looking to devote time to a scheme that really benefits the community and is ideal for students looking to enjoy creative and fun out-of- studies activities and/or gain experience working with children.
About Us: KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) is a sports and activity session for children with disabilities where children and volunteers participate in playground classics, sports and parachute games to name a few.
New Members: New volunteers are always welcome, however you will need a DBS Certificate, which can be organised by YUSU. As well as meeting on Sundays we also have inclusive socials throughout the year with meals, movies and games to get involved with.
Get Involved: Sessions run between 1-2pm on Sundays in the Dance Hall, upstairs in the Sports Centre located in James College.
Working alongside Anthony Nolan, we help recruit people to their register, helping to link potential donors with people who desperately need a stem cell transplant. York Marrow started in the York base of the Hull York Medical School, but is now growing across the University of York, and is just one of the Marrow groups that have been working tirelessly since 1998, in 44 different universities across the UK.
Minds in Motion is an award winning community group run by students at the University of York to help support people with dementia and their carers. There are three main projects within Minds in Motion: activity sessions run at two care homes, Harmony Café and Life Stories.
During term time, we hold weekly voluntary sessions with the residents at Ebor Court and Red Lodge. During these sessions we run various activities including: Arts and Crafts, Reminiscence, Physical Activity, Singing, Gardening and Interactive Music. The workshops run 1.15pm - 2pm every Monday and Wednesday and taxis are pre-booked for volunteers from the university.
Harmony Café is a dementia friendly café run monthly by student volunteers on a Saturday afternoon at St Aelred’s Community Centre. The café aims to provide a comfortable and friendly environment for people with dementia and their carers. As well as offering a range of activities such musical entertainment, a buffet and a raffle, Harmony Café provides an opportunity for people to socialise and gain support. The café runs for two hours and is an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon whether volunteering or attending as a guest.
The Music Education Group (MEG) is an entirely student led voluntary organisation that delivers musical workshops in schools, care homes, sheltered accommodation and the York Teaching Hospital on a weekly basis during term time. You do not need any musical training to volunteer with us, just enthusiasm and willingness to learn and take part! It is the perfect way to gain more experience in a leadership/teaching role across the field of community arts.
Our workshops change on a weekly basis so keep up to date on our volunteers page (link below) and come along whenever you are available! We have anything from 2 to 10 different workshops taking place every week in term time so there are plenty of different times and workshops to choose from.
How to get involved:
Our committee meet on Mondays 1-2pm in the Music Department every week. If you’d like to find out more or become more involved, do pop along to a meeting, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nightline is a confidential listening service run by students, for students, of The University of York and York St. John. We also offer free sexual health supplies and information on a number of topics.
We’re always looking for new volunteers to join us here at York Nightline. There are two ways you can volunteer for us. The first is by training to be a York Nightliner, which will enable you to take calls in our flat in Heslington. Alternatively you can get involved by becoming a Friend of Nightline, where you’ll assist our Public Faces in promoting the service and organising fundraising events.
It doesn’t matter whether you are male or female, arts or science degree, or whether you’ve got any experience in active listening – all we look for is commitment and enthusiasm for providing the service.
NightSafe provide immediate support and signposting to vulnerable students on each YUSU club night, as well as various special events throughout the year. NightSafe volunteers work in groups of three and patrol the city centre, working with venue managers, security staff and the emergency services. Each group is made up of one Team Leader and two ordinary volunteers who wear hi-vis uniforms and are equipped with CCTV and a radio for maximum security.
Volunteer recruitment takes place at the end of spring term and training occurs in week 0 of the autumn term, ready for the new academic year. Volunteers will receive training on first aid (either First Aid at Work or Emergency First Aid at Work), active listening, conflict management, drug and alcohol awareness, rape and domestic violence, effective communication, and homelessness. There are numerous support systems in place to help volunteers.
In 2016 OpenMinds won a Love York Award for best volunteering project. We are part of a national organisation aiming to reduce the stigma and increase awareness of mental health conditions, working with psychiatrists to deliver training to student volunteers, enabling them to go into local schools and deliver educational, interactive workshops to KS3&4 pupils. Volunteers will undergo training from professionals about mental health disorders, teaching, and classroom skills, also designing workshop plans to share their new knowledge in secondary schools.
Volunteers will need to obtain a DBS certificate and complete an online safeguarding children tutorial. This process will be explained in detail during the training sessions. Our sessions will run every other week on Monday evenings and will be no longer than 2 hours.
How to get involved:
- Crash course training sessions will take place every other Monday evening 6-8. These are compulsory to attend.
- School sessions will take place in term 2 and 3 after training has finished.
- To get involved please email us or message us on facebook.
- We are holding an introductory session where you can learn more about the project on the Monday of week 3, please like us on Facebook for more information.
Sexpression:UK is a student organisation that empowers young people to make decisions about sex and relationships by running informal and comprehensive sex and relationship sessions in the community.
We aim for a society in which young people are able to access reliable information about relationships, sex and sexuality; where youth are free from STIs, and unwanted pregnancy; and where they are empowered to make individual, informed decisions regarding their bodies and their health.
As well as our sessions in schools, we hold regular socials throughout the year so our volunteers can get to know each other and the committee. We also run a campaign each term which we encourage volunteers who are waiting on DBS checks to get involved with. Past campaigns have included supporting AIDS awareness week and raising awareness about sexual health across campus
SKIP HYMS is a branch of the national charity sends students out to volunteer in Tanzania every summer. We work alongside MYODA, a non governmental organisation to improve awareness of children's disability, increase local knowledge of HIV/AIDS and improve access to healthcare and education to all children in the area. Students have the opportunity to teach in a nursery, secondary schools and at HIV and disability seminars in the community.
Tea and Coffee Club is a student-run Volunteering Project aimed for elderly residents in and around York. We hold a weekly one-hour ‘tea and coffee morning’ each week, to have a natter between ourselves and our visitors, have a cuppa, and some biscuits. It is as much for us, as it is for them; we love hearing their stories each week, and they enjoy having some company and getting out of the house (as many of them are not very mobile). At the end of each term, we take our visitors out, or hold an event/party. In addition, we hold monthly trips to Lamel Beeches, a care home very near to the university, where we do a very similar thing, but simply for those not able to travel to us by the van that we provide.
Here at the tea and coffee club we are a friendly bunch who enjoy sitting down once a week with a great group of York's elderly folks who are in need of a bit of company and some good fun. This project offers a wonderful opportunity to get involved with your local community, and make a difference to those who are part of the project. So please come along, even if only for some tea, biscuits and great conversation!
How to get involved:
We meet once a week in Derwent SCR on a Thursday at 11:00 - 12:00 and also have monthly trips to Lamel Beeches, details of which our Community Coordinator will email out each month. We hold a fundraiser each term which is a great opportunity to get involved in the community as well as the University’s volunteering week which is an excellent way to take part in the volunteering community of York and the university.
Teddy Bear Hospital is a student-led volunteering project that works with children aged 5-7 in local primary schools to enable children to feel more comfortable around healthcare professionals. The children participate in a number of ‘stations’ in small groups which address health education themes such as hand washing, healthy eating and healthy bones and organs.
From the academic year 2016/17, Teddy Bear Hospital will be open to all healthcare students.
We are Theatre in Schools, and we run creative drama-based workshops for children in primary schools. Our volunteers have the opportunity to collaborate on and deliver programmes exploring exciting themes ranging from dinosaurs to superheroes, and assist with script-writing, prop making and playing drama games! Our workshops culminate in a final showcase which the kids perform for their parents. These workshops are a lot of fun to plan out and deliver and improve children’s self-confidence, team-work and expression. Volunteering with us is a great way to gain experience of working with children and offers an enjoyable and rewarding way to give back to the community. Previous volunteers have used this experience on their CVs to successfully pursue careers in education and public engagement. If you are interested in teaching, performing arts, writing scripts, making props or just playing fun drama games, please get in touch! Absolutely anyone can get involved: you don’t need any prior experience as we prioritise enthusiasm over acting skills.
To find out more, come and join us for one of our weekly committee sessions during the term. We usually hold our meetings at the ‘Cosy Time’ cafe on Fossgate, so if you enjoy a good conversation and bubble tea, come in for a chat! You can also pop into one of our two additional campus meetings per term, which will be announced on our social media. If you’re keen to start right away, we run events on campus throughout the term and our school workshops begin Week 7 of Autumn Term, on Mondays and Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm. We will support all of our volunteers in completing the mandatory DBS check and safeguarding certificate.
New for 2015! Viva Voce (meaning “word of mouth”) is a free audio magazine for young visually impaired adults. Our articles are read aloud and then posted online for young people to listen to. This is a unique project to get involved with as most audio magazines don’t target younger audiences. We however want to change this and create something for young visually impaired people to use and enjoy. We work closely with the York Blind and Partially Sighted Society and have links with other national visually impaired groups and charities.
There is lots to get involved with within the project, including editing, writing and recording articles and places on our committee. This is a great opportunity to gain some excellent journalism experience. We are also unique in the flexibility granted to our writers. Our articles also cover a wide range of topics: from opinion pieces to film reviews.