Volunteering is about choosing to give your time, energy and skills to something that matters to you. YUSU Volunteering supports and runs a variety of volunteering opportunities at York. These range from regular projects where you can form long-term relationships and watch programmes grow, to engaging and exciting one off opportunities that are aimed at benefiting the local community and students, in and around York.
There are a number of ways you can get involved, from volunteering with one of our student-led projects, giving an hour of your time with our one-off opportunities, volunteering for your college charity partner or volunteering with our careers and placements team.
YUSU Volunteering Projects
Our student-led projects work with children deliver volunteering programmes within schools and the local York community, covering a range of key areas such as children and young people, the arts and health and wellbeing.
You can sign up to our projects online by purchasing a ‘free membership’ and any student can get involved. Although a project may have guidelines in place that requires a volunteer to attend training or obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which can be obtained for free with YUSU.
Search through our projects below, and follow the page links to find out more about what the projects offer, and how to get involved.
Start your own Project
Can’t see something in the list below that you’d like to get involved in? Then start your own! If you’re thinking about ratifying a student group under YUSU, there are a few steps you’ll need to complete. Ratifying brings you a whole host of benefits, including access to financial aid, a free presence at Freshers’ Fair, a spot on the YUSU website, and dedicated staff support for your operational management - but we hold our groups to a very high standard, so you’ll need to be sure it’s the right thing for your group. Your application will be reviewed and voted on by Volunteering Committee. Once you have their approval, you’ll have to complete some documentation before you are formally ratified. Read through our Guide to Starting a New Project to get started, and complete the application form.
Want to find other ways to get involved in volunteering? Check out the university's opportunities here.
Volunteering Committee is chaired by the elected Volunteering Officer, and is made up of a range of student representatives from all years and faculties, each responsible for a different aspect of volunteering at York, who help to provide the most fulfilling and impactful volunteering opportunities to students at York, represent all volunteers, supporting them to improve their volunteer experience and choose whether to ratify new volunteering projects.
The 2019-2020 Volunteering Committee are:
- YUSU Activities Officer: Ollie Martin
- YUSU Volunteering Officer: Christopher Oldnall and Will Wilson
- Press and Publicity Coordinator: Sally Deacon
- Secretary and Treasurer: Catherine Morris
- Careers Contact: VACANT
- Colleges Coordinator: Henrietta Catley
- Student Groups Liaison: VACANT
- Community Liaison: Isobel Standen
- Events Coordinator: Hope Shooter
- Internal Events Liaison: Joel Beardmore
- External Events Liaison: Laura Jackson
For more information on Volunteering Committee, or to apply for the vacant roles, please email [email protected]
Volunteering Resource Hub
We want our student leaders to be as informed as possible, so we created the Volunteering Resource Hub to help answer all your questions about running your student group. From finance queries to health and safety concerns, if you have a question the Resource Hub is the best place to start.
DBS Checks and Training for Volunteers
Some of our YUSU projects re quire volunteers to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check covering children and young people or vulnerable adults.
DBS drop-ins take place in Autumn Term every Thursday 2pm-4pm in YUSU. Check our guidance on if you need a DBS Check to volunteer with a certain project and guidance on any documentation you may require here. If you have any questions regarding training or DBS checks, please contact [email protected]
"I have loved my time doing MEG, not only does it show you the power of music on members of the local community, it helps you love music even more! MEG has been such a huge influence during my university time that it has convinced me to train to be a primary teacher next year."
Music Education Group Volunteer
“Nightsafe volunteering is a very rewarding experience. For me, Nightsafe really helped build my confidence and has given me the opportunity to learn new skills, meet some great people, and become part of a project and team that I can be proud of for the rest of my life.”
Nightsafe Team Leader
“Joining OpenMinds is one of the most positive things I have done at University. I feel as though I am making a real difference in mental health education in the local area, which is something I believe to be truly important. Taking on a more active role has given me the opportunity to work with people who share my passion and also want to make a difference. I am so thankful for the experience.”
OpenMinds Committee Member
"Joining Tea and Coffee Club was the best decision since starting studying at the University of York"
Tea and Coffee Club Volunteer
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