STUDENTS are helping out with dozens of community activities next week as part of a national volunteering drive.

Durham students will be helping out at 38 sessions across the county, including a spring-themed children’s party and Olympic sports day with disabled adults at Pelton Community Centre.

Residents are invited to a tea party at St Oswald’s Church Hall, in Church Street, Durham, on Wednesday, February 21, between 2pm and 4pm, which will also include live jazz and swing dancing.

Members of the community are also invited to a “Computeas” workshop, aimed at helping people learn basic computer and internet skills, on the same day, between 2pm and 3.30pm at Clayport Library, Durham.

Student Community Action (SCA), the university’s largest volunteering organisation, is offering events from next Monday, February 19 to Sunday, February 25.

Each year around 1,000 students volunteer in the community, giving around 25,000 hours of time to local projects.