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There are lots of volunteering opportunities during your time at York St John University. Find volunteering roles or book an appointment with the Volunteering Coordinator on Handshake.

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Volunteering in the local community

Volunteer your time while studying at university to make a difference while developing your skills and experience.

By volunteering, you will:

  • Build your transferable skills, such as communication and organisation
  • Gain experience that you can use in job applications and interviews
  • Network within the industry you are interested in
  • Demonstrate your motivation and initiative to future employers
  • Meet new people
  • Make a difference to the local community

The Volunteering team at York St John University work with charities across York and are here to help you find a volunteering opportunity to suit you.

You can view volunteering opportunities on Handshake, our online careers portal. You can also request appointments with the Volunteering Coordinator through Handshake.

If you are interested in international volunteering opportunities, find out more on the Global Opportunities page.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

At York St John University, we offer the chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award helps you build skills and experience to stand out to future employers.

The Award has three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. At York St John, we offer you the opportunity to take part in the Silver or Gold Award. You do not need to have taken part in the Award before, or have done the previous Award level to move onto the next.

If you would like to find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, please contact the Volunteering Coordinator or make an appointment on Handshake.


If you would like to ask any questions about volunteering or find out more, please make an appointment with the Volunteering Coordinator through Handshake, or email us on