Get involved

Thousands of University of York students get involved in volunteering projects, activities, fundraising, committees, advocacy, placements and more each year. 

Explore all volunteering opportunities at York through YUSUCareers and your college

Students gave over 57000 hours last year. Find out more in our Impact report 2015 - 2016 (PDF  , 470kb)

In need of some inspiration? Hear about a diverse range of volunteering experiences from students at the University.

"As a student, it can sometimes be easy to get trapped in the ‘bubble’ of only interacting with other students, so to have the opportunity to meet other people who I usually wouldn’t come across is incredibly rewarding." Read more about Isabella's volunteering at Yourcafe - Isabella Dziedzicki - Yourcafe (PDF  , 249kb) 

More student volunteer stories 


YUSU Activities

There are plenty of ways to get involved in YUSU Volunteering or RAG (raising and giving) whether you have 1 hour or 1 week to give. 

You could join one of the 14 already established projects such as; Kids Camp a week-long residential activity holiday for children aged between 8 & 11 years, who are “desperately in need of a break",  Inkwell a creative writing project for primary school pupils or Minds in Motion, a community group set up to help support people with dementia and their carers.

So if you want to develop your own project or jump onto something established all you need to do to start is contact volunteering@yusu.org to find out more or have a chat to the YUSU Activities officer. 

Click: www.yusu.org/activities/volunteering

Tweet: @yusuactivities



Volunteering through Careers is structured through the following programmes. We advertise opportunities every term in Week 3 -5. 

York Students in Schools places over 700 students as classroom assistants each year, and has lots of project opportunities to work alongside employers to raise the aspirations of young people in York.

York Students in Communities  promotes a wide range of regular volunteer placements and projects in heritage, culture, conservation, public sector and charities each term. 

You can also find projects linked directly to your degree or alternatively, if you want to set-up your own initiative they can support you with funding of £500 up to £5000 through the University Community Fund





Colleges offer lots of fun opportunities for students to volunteer. Talk to your JCRC or the College tutors and staff to find out more!

Every college has a student committee, made up of volunteers who work together to run events, activities, campaigns and campaigns for the students in their college. Elections for student committees are usually held towards the end of the Autumn Term. 

Colleges rely on students volunteering as STYCs (Second and Third Year Contacts) to help new students to settle in, and most colleges also offer opportunities to volunteer as subject mentors. Some colleges run volunteering schemes in the local community, and all college committees fundraise for local charities through RAG. 

To find out what's happening in your college

What students say...

What Students Say...

Hear from students who have been involved in volunteering across the University of York.

Ellie Meagher - Youth Mentor Volunteer, The Island 

"It's great to meet the same person every week and plan new and exciting activities to do while knowing that you are supporting this vulnerable young person." 

Ellie Meagher, The Island (PDF  , 683kb)

Lizzy Doyle - York Students in Schools Placement

"I volunteer with a year three class mostly giving children one-to-one support with their reading."

Lizzy Doyle, York Students in Schools (PDF  , 240kb)

Josh Bew - YUSU sport session at SNAPPY

"It's always good to give something back to the community and even though it was just a couple of hours for us it made some of the kids days/weeks which is always nice to see."

Josh Bew, SNAPPY (PDF  , 252kb)

Jaime Bolzern - Sexpression

"In the future I'm going to be a medical doctor, and this kind of team work involving health promotion and community engagement is a great combination to guide my career and impress employers."

Jaime Bolzern, Sexpression (PDF  , 283kb)

Clare Hall - Theatre in Schools & Peacejam

"Taking part in ‘Theatres in Schools’, Peacejam and the Careers Department @WORK volunteering project, I’ve had such a diverse and exciting volunteering experience."

Clare Hall - Theatres in Schools and Peacejam (PDF  , 308kb)

Sam Crossley - York Community Consulting

"Don’t be worried about your lack of experience! Volunteering opportunities are there to give you that chance to try something new."

Sam Crossley - York Community Consulting (PDF  , 323kb)

Laura Nicklin - Derwent GCRC Chair

"Volunteering really does bring out the best of both worlds; you can improve your CV, whilst taking part in an enjoyable experience meeting a diverse range of people."

Laura Nicklin - Derwent GCRC Chair (PDF  , 244kb)

Apple Chew - Edible Uni & Green Impact

"If it is something you like doing, volunteering will not feel like a chore or burden. It is such a pleasurable experience to be able to help others and the local community, whilst doing something you really enjoy."

Apple Chew - Biotechnology (PDF  , 237kb)

Volunteering @York in the press

Are you a volunteer who would like to share your story? If so, share your experience of volunteering here!

Partner with us

Work with us

If you are a local volunteer organisation we can help you find student volunteers to support your organisation. Our aim is to bring together the community and the university, allowing a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, skills and experience.

What we do:

  • Termly recruitment campaigns for volunteer placements
  • Bespoke individual or team project based opportunities
  • Advertising of one off opportunities

Get in touch with us to discuss at volunteering@york.ac.uk

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