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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Seeing all the Christmas lights spring up around town has made me super-hyped for Christmas this year. With all the cheesy Christmas songs constantly stuck in my head, I can’t think of what better way to unleash that festive feeling than by going to as many Student Community Action (SCA) Christmas events as possible!

There are loads of SCA Volunteering events taking place over the next few weeks in both Durham and at Queens Campus, Stockton. For students who have never volunteered for a SCA project, Christmas is a perfect time to start getting involved. What’s so brilliant about volunteering is that you can help others enjoy Christmas just as much as you do! Here are details of how, where and when you Durham students are volunteering this Christmas …

sca-jazz-wineJazz and Wine Fundraising Evening
Monday 5th December
SCA is hosting a fantastic evening of music, food and wine at St. Chad’s College, Durham. The event will raise money for SCA’s projects so we would love as many students to come along as possible whether you volunteer regularly, occasionally or have never been involved with SCA before. If summatives are getting you down, or you just need warming up with a nice glass of mulled wine on a cold December evening, then this is the event for you! Tickets are just £6, including entertainment, a glass of mulled wine or non-alcoholic alternative, and a cheeseboard. All profits will go to fund SCA projects. Tickets can be bought at the SCA office in the Palatine Centre. Let’s kick off this Christmas in style!


Cash for Kids Mission Christmas
45,000 children in the North East wake up on Christmas morning to no present from Santa. We’re asking students to buy an extra present that we can give to a local disadvantaged child to make their Christmas morning special. Donate new, unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people, aged 0-18 years, to the SCA Office in the Palatine Centre (PCL012) Durham, or the Sports Centre at Queen’s Campus. Let’s make Christmas magical for every child!

sca-food-driveChristmas Food Drive
This year, SCA Volunteering and Staff Volunteering are joining forces to support Durham Food Bank and Durham Dogs Trust. We’re asking any staff or students who might have a spare pack of mince pies after a Christmas social to donate them to this collection. Especially anyone who is missing their dog while they are away at university and might want to help a playful puppy nearby?
You can bring in yummy Christmas treats into the SCA Office from Monday 5 – Thursday 8 December. Be a secret Santa gift giver for the local area! 

sca-xmas-dog-showDog Show
Saturday 17 December, 9am-4pm,
Maiden Castle Sports Centre, Durham
Love dogs? Love Christmas? Then this is the perfect place for you! We are having a family friendly Dog Show and Christmas Fair so furry friends can join in the celebrations. Bring your dog along to take part and see the most fabulously dressed Christmas dogs in Durham!


Queen’s Campus, Stockton Events

Christmas Fair at Beyond Boundaries
We have joined up with Beyond Boundaries, a farm in the beautiful Yorkshire Moors which supports adults with mental and physical disabilities to help at their Christmas Fair, where you can enjoy browsing Christmas gifts.

sca-xmas-kids-partyChildren’s Christmas  Party
Wednesday 7 December, 4pm-6pm

The Queen’s SCA Volunteering Events Committee have organised a Christmas Party for local children at Stephenson College’s Meeting Room in Stevo Central. The party is for local children aged
Students who want to help out or fancy playing pin the nose on Rudolf and decorating Christmas biscuits with the kids can email Mia on

sca-xmas-tea-partyChristmas Tea Party
Wednesday 7 December, 12:30pm-3pm,
Rochester Court Care Home, Stockton

You’re never too old to enjoy Christmas, so we are holding a Christmas tea party for older members of the community. at from next! Come and join in the festivities, mince pie munching and carolling by emailing Natalie on

sca-a-way-outA Way Out Christmas Wrapping
The charity ‘A Way Out’ need our help to do some Christmas present wrapping and food hamper making for vulnerable people in the local community! Who doesn’t enjoy some Christmas present wrapping?
We are inviting students to volunteer to help out over 3 days at the end of term: Monday 12th , Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th December.
It is taking place in the ‘A Way Out’ office in Stockton which is a 10 minute walk from Queen’s Campus in the last week of term. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided.

Please email Niamh on if you are interested!

Ben Leigh

My name is Ben Leigh and I’m a second-year Geography student at Van Mildert. This year I am the Recreational Chair for Student Community Action (SCA) Volunteering which means I get involved with all the fun projects SCA runs for children and young people in County Durham. I find volunteering the perfect way to take a break from work, escape the Durham bubble and give something back to the community. SCA Volunteering is made up of loads of student-led projects and there is something for everyone!
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