INTROAPPROACHIMPACTSTORIESALUMNITHE FUTURE

We believe that every student should have the opportunity to participate in social action, positively impacting their community at university and beyond.

Working closely with university partners, we provide students with opportunities to take part in a wide range of social action activities.

In 2016-17, we continued to work towards our vision. Here are some of our key achievements:


We delivered high quality social action activities that developed students' skills and directly supported local communities.

2,322

students took part in our opportunities.


We worked with more students who have never taken part in social action than ever before.

36%

of student volunteers had not been involved in social action before.


We developed our programmes to meet the needs of tomorrow’s leaders.

94%

of students improved their ability to work with others to make change.

Why does this matter?

High quality student social action benefits these groups:

Students

develop skills including leadership and confidence. They gain frontline experience tackling social and environmental issues and professional experience working on projects or with organisations.

Communities

are able to engage with young people that have the time, energy and skills to make a positive impact in the local area.

Universities

benefit from an enhanced student experience, strengthened community relations and more employable graduates.

Why do we exist?

The demand for our work from young people, communities and policymakers is high.

As outlined by GuildHE and the NUS, universities have a responsibility and opportunity to develop active citizens. However, universities are not currently providing students with the breadth and quality of opportunities needed to make this happen.

We support universities to enhance the student experience and the wider community through key social action activities. Students and our partners benefit from our position as a national infrastructure organisation. We are experienced, driven and offer a cost-effective model. Our unique approach enables us to pursue our mission better than any other organisation.

Shanna’s Story

"Before joining Kingston Hub I didn’t know that I could create a programme tailored around social change. Then I continued to set up Empower, which enables student volunteers to work with young, underachieving females in local schools. The mentors enjoy supporting the girls to think about their education and future plans. Both groups build their skills in the process.

We are planning to grow the programme next year. Training and support from the Hub staff have been really valuable and I’m thankful for this community I’m part of now."

Shanna Antonio, Kingston Hub, Empower Coordinator, BBA Business Administration