Division Head : Sophie Watts

Hiya Everyone,

My name is Sophie and I am thrilled to be head of the CCA Homeless Division this year. I am a second year Geographer and have really enjoyed getting stuck in with CCA as well as Castle Hockey and DU debating. I had never volunteered before coming to university, but felt that CCA was a brilliant environment to start!

At Castle, the homeless division tries to support Durham’s homeless community by working closely with the Salvation Army. During the week, students volunteer in Sanctuary 21, where they prepare and serve warm food and drink in the café. At the weekends, students also organise and run a weekly evening meal, with food kindly donated by local restaurants, shops, supermarkets and cafes. During Michaelmas term we run a homelessness awareness campaign week. During this week we make up shelter packs to distribute throughout the harsh winter months and collect sanitary items for homeless and vulnerable women.

We are always looking for new enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to help out regularly in the café or offer their time more sporadically at our weekly weekend meals. The amount of time you choose to commit to volunteering it entirely up to you! Volunteering with this division is both highly rewarding and very enjoyable. It also gives students the opportunity to make new friends from Castle and engage with people from the local community.

Please note that due to Covid-19, engaging with this division will be different compared with previous years, due to government restrictions and social distancing. However, the division has plenty of new initiatives to ensure students at castle continue to support Durham’s homeless community, including regular collections for the local foodbank.

Please contact The Head of the Homelessness Division, Sophie on the email address – cca.homelessness@durham.ac.uk