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Careers and placements


You can get involved in lots of volunteering opportunities during your time at York St John University.

A full list of volunteering opportunities is available on our careers portal, LaunchPad Online.

Opportunity Fund

The YSJ Opportunity Fund provides students with the chance to participate in voluntary work either in the UK or overseas with a registered charity.

The scholarship of up to £500 is available to all current York St John University students for voluntary work taking place before September 2020. The opportunity cannot be part of your course or be credit bearing in any way, the opportunity has to be additional to your course.

Successful applicants will receive 50% of the award at the start of the project and the remaining 50% upon completion. The charity will be required to confirm that you have completed the work to a satisfactory standard. On completion of the opportunity, you must provide at least a 500 word case study along with photos, in order to promote the benefits of volunteering.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20 March 2020. 

Apply for opportunity fund

For more information contact

Examples of student volunteering projects

Students from York St John University are currently involved in a varied range of projects. If you would like to find out more about getting involved contact

Local projects include: 

  • The Forget Me Not Project (Dementia Friends): Dementia Friend Champions run information sessions on campus at York St John University, in the York community and with local employers.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: We offer the Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. You do not need to have completed the Bronze level before taking part.

International projects include: 

  • Think Pacific: Volunteer in Fiji and experience the unique culture, customs and way of life of the incredible South Pacific islands. You can join a traditional village, become a member of a Fijian family and work as a team to contribute to education, youth and sports development projects.
  • International Service: Volunteer overseas to help women, children, young people and people with disabilities access their rights in developing countries across the world.
  • East African Playgrounds: Volunteer in Uganda to develop children’s learning opportunities by building playgrounds and running arts and play sessions.
  • Challenges Abroad: Choose from a range of volunteering opportunities to engage with local communities and make a lasting impact overseas.

Volunteer with Converge

Converge was established by York St John University to offer good quality courses to local people who use mental health services.

The success of Converge relies on the involvement of York St John University students. There are 3 main ways in which a student can get involved in Converge:

  • As a student participant
    Modelling ideal student behaviour by taking part in the workshop alongside Converge Students as a community of learners. This includes fully participating in all of the activities, being attentive, supporting Converge Students to engage fully in the session, supporting the tutor where needed, and being a friendly and approachable person. This role may also involve providing individual support.

  • As a co-facilitator
    Using the skills you are learning on your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, we will support you to put that into practice as you co-facilitate one of our courses. These have often been used as placements or assessment moments for YSJ students. You will be able to work with a course, alongside a tutor, and build up to you facilitating part of the course. For example, if you are on the Drama: Education and Community BA (Hons) then you might consider transferring those skills by facilitating part of our Introduction to Theatre Course. This can work in all of our courses.

  • As a workshop facilitator
    This role is to take charge of running and planning one or more sessions. If you have a particular skill that you feel you could teach over a 4 to 10 week period, let us know and we can discuss the possibility of you running your own course for us.

If you would like to be involved as a volunteer contact


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