Volunteering and RAG


Volunteering

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 and college events that are aimed at benefiting the local community and students, in and around York.


Join the committee

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 and college events that are aimed at benefiting the local community and students, in and around York.

Getting involved in YUSU Volunteering is an amazing and rewarding experience from which you will gain a huge sense of achievement, as well as countless new skills. You also get to meet loads of new people, make long-lasting friendships, and have loads of fun at the same time.

The Volunteering Committee are a dedicated group of students who are responsible for supporting, organising and promoting volunteering activity on campus.

Link to Volunteering application form here.

Link to Role Descriptions here.


Here at YUSU, you can get involved in volunteering in three ways:

1. Projects

Take a look at our student-led volunteering projects below, that work with children and young people, conservation, the arts and much more!

If you’d like to set up a new project, please take a look at the 'How to start a volunteering project' document here.

Want to find other ways to get involved in volunteering? Check out the university's opportunities here.


One-off opportunities

Tight on time but want to give back? Not to worry, we have plenty of one-off opportunities that occur throughout the year for you to get involved in. Check out our Give it a Go schedule or get in touch with your volunteering officer, Emily Johnsen at [email protected], to sign up to her 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!


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Raising and Giving (RAG)

YUSU RAG brings you fun, cross-campus, events and adventurous activities - in aid of good causes. Take a little time away from your studies: explore the secrets of student life in York on our Freshers' Week Scavenger Hunt, or sign up for our Charity Challenge Trek. Just taking part helps York students do their bit for the wider world. But that's not all you can do...


Join our committee

Raising and Giving (RAG) is a student-led fundraising body dedicated to promoting and engaging in fundraising at University for local, national and international charities and one-off appeals.

We are looking for students to join the RAG committee for 2019-2020. We have lots of exciting positions available that are there to give you the opportunity to do something to further your experience and even add to your employability. The roles will be challenging, fun and extremely satisfying as you help raise thousands of pounds for both local, national and international charities through a vast range of events and activities. You will have access to a range of training and development opportunities which will provide you with skills that employers look for.

Link to application form here. 

Link to Role Descriptions here.


Core Charities

We support a number of charities each year, and you get to choose our core charities! We have put charities through a rigorous application process and shortlisted six, and over Week 3, we had YOU vote on them! Our core charities for the year are:

 

Action Against Hunger's teams work in nearly 50 countries worldwide to carry out innovative, lifesaving programmes in nutrition, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene.

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At World Child Cancer, we work to ensure that every child, regardless of where they live, receives the best treatment to ensure a brighter future for them.  Our aim as a charity is to transform inequality in cancer treatment for children in the developing world. In low-income countries, survival rates for children with cancer are as low as 10 percent, compared to over 80 percent in high-income countries.
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Snappy is a York based charity working with young people and families who have disabilities. 265 families depend on snappy projects and they need help to keep going. Snappy volunteers have done many fundraisers but they still need help.

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We would love for you to support these charities through any fundraising events or challenges you want to run over the year! Email [email protected] if you're interested in doing so.


Join our team

We're always on the lookout for enthusiastic rag-lets to join our ranks. If you’re passionate about raising money for good causes and want to get involved, get in touch with Elina and Lucy at [email protected].


Go on a challenge

This year, YUSU RAG, the one-and-only group that brought you a BUNGEE JUMP over the campus lake, are bringing you FIVE challenges: