Student Volunteering Week: Hub Highlights

Posted on: 14 February 2018

Student Volunteering Week is taking place across the UK from 19th – 25th February 2018. Student Hubs is acting as a strategic partner to deliver the campaign alongside the Student Volunteering Network and the National Union of Students.

We’re thrilled to be promoting the social action initiatives of further and higher education institutions, local organisations, and the thousands of student volunteers making a difference in their communities.

This year’s SVW theme is civic engagement, exploring how taking part in community life can:

  • enable students to develop employability skills
  • improve student wellbeing
  • bring communities together, on and off campus

On this blog and our social media channels we’ll be sharing volunteer stories and considering the future of social action in the higher education sector. Follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page to see our latest posts and let us know what you think.

As the celebrations draw closer, here’s a selection of exciting SVW activities from across our network. If you attend one of our partner universities, visit your local Hub website to find more events near you.

Language Exchange – Oxford and Brookes Hubs

Wednesday 21st February. 7.30pm. Turl Street Kitchen.

An opportunity for Arabic-speaking migrants and refugees and Arabic learners from the university to exchange language skills and get to know each other.

Sign up.

LinkAges Tea Party – Winchester Hub

Wednesday 21st February. 1-3pm. University of Winchester.

LinkAges brings students together with local older residents to tackle the effects of isolation. Winchester Hub runs a range of befriending and scheduled activities throughout term-time. The Tea Party will see older people from around Winchester, including Hyde Gate and Godson House sheltered housing, join students on campus for live music, a quiz, a raffle and treats.

Sign up.

Student Volunteer and Older Person in Conversations

Credit: The Rothschild Foundation / Chris Lacey.

Letter Writing – Southampton Hub

Thursday 22nd February. Drop in from 10am-4pm. SUSU.

Support Branch Up by buying cakes from the Hub’s fundraising stall and writing letters to the 7-12 year olds who attend activity days.

Speed Volunteering – Kingston Hub

Friday 23rd February. Drop in from 10:30am-4pm. Tooting.

Spend an hour cooking with surplus food, serving meals and getting to know the local community. This event is part of Kingston Hub’s DRIVE programme, which offers volunteering opportunities across London for Kingston University students.

Sign up.

Project Soup – Oxford and Brookes Hubs

Sunday 25th February. Prep from 4pm, event from 7pm. Turl Street Kitchen. £4 on the door.

An evening of soup and live music in the centre of Oxford. Raise money for local social action groups by sharing a hot, hearty meal made from food bank donations. Listen to four groups pitch their ideas and vote for your favourite. The winning charity will receive all donations made that evening. Everyone is welcome!

Join the Facebook event or sign up to volunteer.

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Molly Whyte

Molly is Student Hubs' Communications Manager and a postgraduate student at King's College London. She joined the team as a Worthwhile graduate in 2015, having been involved with Southampton Hub since 2012. You can find her on Twitter: @molly_whyte.

Tags: Social Action


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