Community projects are voluntary, team based and open to all University of York students. Build experience and gain new skills while giving back to the community.

Community projects offer a great opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams to tackle real-world challenges for local organisations, with a wide range of themes and topics. Each project will support a community partner such as a school, museum or charity on a specific brief they have set to tackle a local challenge. Teams might conduct research, deliver an event or create a resource to make a positive impact in the community.

Projects are open to students from any academic discipline. No previous experience or specific knowledge is needed - just enthusiasm!


  • Develop your skills and build on your strengths
  • Gain experience and build your CV
  • Make a positive social impact in the local community

What's involved?

  • You will liaise with the project partners, learn about key issues in the community and how you can use your knowledge and skills to make a positive difference. 
  • You will receive training in project management, project planning, and reflection skills, and work with experts to develop the specific skills needed to tackle your project. 
  • You will work on your project with a small team of four to six students. There may be multiple teams per project.
  • The commitment is approximately 30 hours in total over the project period, but this is flexible.
  • Would you like to create value for the community as part of your course? Have a look at the York Interdisciplinary Modules, such as the Sustainability Clinic.

See our current community project opportunities

Student experiences

"Researching Sustainable Tourism for the Howardian Hills AONB was a unique project to be part of. It has improved my confidence, my ability to present research and time management massively. It was fun to work in a team to do something completely different to my course, and learn more about the area." Community project volunteer

"Being part of the Food & The City Project and working with the City of York Council to tackle food insecurity issues in York was an amazing experience. It was great being able to research something that is so important in today's society. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about the challenges in the local community, and how the city is trying to help." Community project volunteer

Find out about our other volunteering programmes