University of York Students' Union (YUSU)


Volunteering while you are at university makes you stand out in the job market. You will be seen as an interesting and well-rounded individual who has engaged fully, not only with your academic life at university, but also with the wider community and have made a positive impact on the people you work with. It shows that you are able to commit to a project, work with other people in both big and small groups, challenge yourself, learn new things and give something back. It enables you to set yourself apart from your peers by showing skills valued by employers. It’s also a great way to meet new people and it’s definitely fun!


Volunteering at YUSU is divided into different aspects:


These are long-term, sustainable, entirely student-led projects and run with support from the Activities Officer, Community and Wellbeing Officer and Student Opportunities Coordinator (Volunteering).

We have 15 volunteering projects at present that work in various fields. Please have a look at the projects page to get an idea of what each one does.

One-off Opportunities

As the title suggests, this is something that requires limited time commitment. These opportunities take place both on campus and out and are of a wide range. We currently have a few opportunities that students are able to access via ‘Give it a Go’. Have a look at the schedule for next term here.

College Volunteering

Most colleges at the University of York have volunteering opportunities for students. This changes every year and includes long-term projects and one-off events. The new Volunteering Officers for colleges have only just been elected and start next term. Watch this space for any developments!


The Volunteering Committee consists of one or two volunteering officers, college liaison officer, projects liaison officer, fundraising coordinator, events coordinator, social events coordinator and communications, PR and marketing coordinator. If you have any questions about volunteering, setting up a project or want to get onto the volunteer mailing list, please email



Getting involved in YUSU Volunteering couldn’t be simpler:

  • Have a look at the many projects we support, and see if there’s anything that interests you. You can get in touch directly with them for more information.
  • If you could like to be involved in college volunteering, get in touch with your College volunteering reps
  • Pop in to see our Activities Officer at the Student Centre to chat about what’s on that you can get take part in
  • Get in touch via to be put our volunteering mailing list to receive periodic e-mails detailing opportunities that might interest you
  • If you would like to set up a new project, contact the Student Opportunities Coordinator for Volunteering-


We’re currently in the planning process for National Student Volunteering Week 2016 which is the 22nd-28th of February. Keep an eye on this page for updates on our plans!