Projects in the Community

Explore volunteering opportunities with local organisations

At the moment, York St John University students can get involved in the following projects:

Inspiring Minds

If you're considering a career in teaching but would like some experience first, you should definitely apply to the Inspiring Minds project. The aim of the project is to work with a local Primary School to deliver a series of interactive, engaging lessons to a group of primary aged children. There are two modules you can choose to teach: Myths and Legends (arts module), and Healthy Humans (sports module). We are looking for students from all degrees, as you will each bring a different aspect to the project. This project is not only valuable work experience to enhance your CV, but will also give you the opportunity to try out a new area of work and amplify your skillset.

The closing date has now passed. We will re-open applications in September 2018.

Healthy Humans Inspiring Minds Students 2013-14

 Inspiring Minds logo

The Forget Me Not Project

Public awareness of dementia is high but understanding about it is still very poor. Fear of dementia also remains high; there is a reluctance to seek help and few people understand that it is possible to live well with dementia. In addition, there is limited understanding of the fact that dementia can affect people in many different age groups.

We are looking for inspiring students to become Dementia Friends Champions. As a Champion, you will run Friends’ information sessions on campus at York St John University, in the York community and with local employers. You will contribute to Dementia Friends by sharing your stories about your information sessions and what is working well. You will also work as a team with other Dementia Friends Champions in York St John University and spread the word about Dementia Friends.

If you're enthusiastic to work with others and keen to spread public awareness about dementia, you can find out more information on how to apply on the Jobs and Opportunities site, or email

York Railway to Greenway

York Greenways exists to protect and enhance the ecology of the accessible traffic-free routes from York into the surrounding countryside. Our vision is a network of green corridors leading to places of interest or refreshment, encouraging York’s residents and visitors to explore and value the biodiversity and heritage in and around the city.

By running this as a project through the Volunteering team at York St John University, we aim to encourage students to get involved and take a lead with the project.

There will be two projects run through York St John University. The Research & History project will require students to utilise the skills they have acquired during their degree and apply them in order to collect archive material. You can apply through Jobs and Opportunities.

The Schools Programme will be for those wanting to gain experience in working with children in a classroom environment and outdoors. You can apply through Jobs and Opportunities.

For more information about the project, and how to apply, go to our Jobs and Opportunities site, or email

Oxfam Project

The aim of this project is to encourage a team of volunteers to take the lead and get the work experience they need for life after university. The Oxfam shop on Goodramgate is full of opportunities to try out an area of work, such as retail, business, customer service, amongst others.

This project would require you to work on the online shop chiefly, but there is scope for work in other areas in the shop too, so don't be afraid to take this project where you want it to go!

For more information about the project, and how to apply, go to our Jobs and Opportunities site, or email

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