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Student Volunteering‌

Every year, thousands of University of York students volunteer to support a cause they care about, build their skills and discover the City of York. Roles are available each semester with varying levels of commitment, so you can find an opportunity to suit you and your timetable. So what are you waiting for? Seize the year - volunteer!

Any undergraduate or postgraduate student can get involved. See all of our current opportunities on Handshake and help make a difference during your time at York. 

Not sure what you'd like to do? Read more about each of our volunteering programmes below.

York Students in Schools 

Inspire young people and gain classroom experience by volunteering in schools or running your own school workshops.

‌Community Projects

Join a team project to support a community partner to look at a local challenge, such as environmental sustainability. Teams might be to help with some research, deliver an event or create a resource.

YUSU Volunteering

Join one of 20 student-led projects, give volunteering a go with microvolunteering or fundraising with RAG.

Charity Volunteering

Each semester we promote roles with charities across York, for causes such as sustainability, heritage, health and wellbeing.

Fund your idea

The University Community Fund offers grants of £500 to £5000, plus support, to make your ideas for student and community initiatives happen. Open to staff and students all year round. 

Staff volunteering 

Member of University staff? Get involved with the employee-volunteering charity York Cares.

Volunteering updates

Sign up to our mailing list in Handshake to find out more about our opportunities, when to apply and hear from other students who have volunteered and made a difference in the community. 

Please note that we strongly encourage our student volunteers to complete regular lateral flow tests and follow the latest university guidance for returning to campus.

Contact us


Twitter/ Instagram: @UoYVolunteering 

Blog: 5 reasons to volunteer this semesterhow volunteering can enhance your wellbeingmeet the Volunteering Team

Information on volunteering and visas for International Students

Volunteer rights and responsibilities

Information to advertise for volunteers

Looking to make the most of your volunteering experience in your CV or interviews? Watch our video about the CAR technique or visit the applications pages for more help.