From helping the community through RAG and Volunteering to pursuing your interests through societies and sports clubs, Goodricke and YUSU offer many opportunities for you to make the most of your time at university.

Our Charity

St Nick’s is a charity focused on creating and maintaining sustainable environments for both humans
and wildlife creatures. Their base, which is not far from Goodricke, was once wasteland until they
revived it and turned it into a nature reserve. It is now buzzing with wildlife, plants, and insects,
which in turn help pollinate our surroundings.

Within the nature reserve, St. Nicks have built an Environment Centre in which they hold events,
activities, and a range of information to encourage the community towards practicing a more
sustainable lifestyle. The money Goodricke raises contributes towards the upkeep of the reserve,
and the various activities St. Nick’s offer to the community.

If St. Nick’s ethos interests you, you might like to get involved in their “Green Exercise” activities.
These are free events in association with York Mind to enable people to enjoy nature whilst
exercising. There are three forms of exercise to choose from: Cycling, Nordic Walking, and Mindful
Movement, so whatever your abilities, you can choose the right activity. They’re lead by experienced
instructors and run regularly! It sounds like a great way to release some stress and learn more about
the local wildlife. For more information, visit

RAG – Raising And Giving

The Goodricke RAG officers are Laura and Natalie and we organise fundraising events throughout
the year. This past year we have raised money through bake sales, raffles and tie dying t-shirts at
Goodfest. It’s been fantastic to see everyone chipping in to help their local charity, we are very
grateful! Keep an eye out for any future events and if you are interested in helping or have a
fundraising idea, email us at .


Joining a society is one of the best ways to get the most out of your university experience at York. They are not only groups, they are support networks bringing together like-minded people through a whole range of activities.

The Student’s Union has over 150 societies and there is something for everyone – from academic and subject based, to sport, to volunteering, politics, music or appreciation societies. So whatever you’re into, get involved!

Find out more on the YUSU website or if you want to get right to the list of societies you can find that here.


There are various volunteering activities with St. Nick’s which you can check out through their
website calendar. Although, St. Nicks organise a “Student Action Volunteering” session for university
students every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30. These sessions involve wildlife surveying, so not only are
you helping St. Nick’s track their inhabitants, you gain knowledge and experience of different wildlife
species. For more information on volunteering opportunities click here.

If you have any queries about volunteering opportunities, feel free to email .


Like sports?.. Well so do we! As well as the university wide sporting communities which can be found online or at freshers fair anything from Football to Quidditch to Pool to American Football, we also run college sports in association with the other colleges for sports with a large enough following!

The current college teams we have are:

  • Badminton
  • Darts
  • Football 1st
  • Football 2nd
  • Football 3rd
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Squash

If you are interested in joining any of these then you can either do so by emailing, at which point we’ll forward you to the right person, or by asking the sport stalls at freshers fairs.

Don’t fret if your sport of choice isn’t listed though, the university still has 66 other sports clubs within it which can be found here!