Fundraising and Volunteering are two fantastic ways to feel part of the York community, get involved and give back. Thousands of students get involved in fundraising and volunteering on campus and in the local community each Year at York.
YUSU Volunteering and RAG are different to other student groups as students do not have to pay any joining fees, but can instead get involved with a free membership that is open to all!
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 within schools or the community with Careers and Placements.
Got a question about volunteering?
Get in touch with:
- Fundraising and Volunteering Coordinator, Jasmine Pledger ([email protected])
- Student Activities Officer, Ollie Martin ([email protected])
- Volunteering Officer, Hayley Callaway ([email protected])
- Volunteering Resource Hub
Student-led Volunteering Projects
Please note: Some of these opportunities may currently be suspended or operating in different ways due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Our 18 student-led projects, carry out voluntary activity within the local York Community and beyond. Such projects vary, delivering activities, workshops and skills sessions within local schools, providing peer-to-peer support, tackling environmental issues, reducing social isolation, raising awareness of health issues and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Search the projects below and follow the page links to find out more about what they 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 made up of a range of student representatives. The committee is appointed to help provide the most fulfilling and impactful volunteering opportunities to students at York, represent and supporting all volunteers, and ratifying new volunteering projects.
Some of our YUSU projects require volunteers to have a Disclosure and Barring Service Check before getting involved.
BS Checking is available through YUSU, check out the guidance below:
- YUSU DBS Guidance
- Projects which require DBS Checks
- DBS Guidance for International Students
- DBS Checking FAQ’s
- DBS Privacy Statement
Please note: Countersigning DBS Checks is currently suspended by YUSU until further notice.
- 741 students got involved in YUSU Student-Led Projects and one-off activities
- 11716 hours were volunteered by students
- 25 one-off opportunities were held for students to get involved in
- Over £120,000 was raised for Charity Partners by our students!
"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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