Posted on: 25 March 2022
It’s March, which means the Student Hubs staff team are in full swing delivering our programmes on the ground. This month’s digest will put four of our projects centre stage, sharing with you what our local Hubs have been up to this month.
Branch Up provides free Saturday activity days for 7-11 year olds in Southampton and Bristol. This month we have had three days across our network.
In Bristol, young people joined the Hub for a trip to the zoo. With their student mentors they saw tortoises, bats, flamingoes and even some ants! They also spent some time playing team games and reflecting on their self-esteem and aspirations.
In Southampton, at the beginning of the month Branch Up got together for a day of music. Enjoying performances from student musicians and getting the chance to try out the violin and piano for themselves. Last week things got a bit more active as the young people headed to an indoor play centre before spending the afternoon with The Confucius Institute learning about East Asian culture through crafts.
The Social Innovation Programme
Our flagship skilled placement, the Social Innovation Programme, is running in Bristol and Winchester this term. Connecting teams of student consultants with local organisations to work on a brief.
In Winchester the Hub has brought together 8 university students to work with WinACC (Winchester Action on the Climate Crisis) and ReadEasy Winchester to support them to make more impact in the local community. In Bristol, the launch event was hosted by our partners Burges Salmon at the start of the month (pictured below). 20 students came together and will be working on briefs from Creative Tuition Collective, Action Tutoring, BrunelCare and Suicide Prevention Bristol.
LinkAges promotes intergenerational connection in Winchester, Cambridge and Bristol. This month Winchester Hub has been running a string of one-off events in the community including a Sing-a-long (which I’ve heard featured a lot of Abba), a Board Games afternoon and a Crochet and Craft session. These events have reached seven students and 15 residents this month alone.
In Bristol, three LinkAges programmes are up and running. Friends with Pens is a pen pal scheme connecting students with local residents to get to know each other through the medium of writing. Tech and Talk sessions have launched with our partners at the Wellspring Settlement, providing a drop in space for locals to come in and ask questions about tech – or just have a chat. Finally, Phone Pals has paired up students with community participants to support them to get the best use out of their new smartphones.
Woolly Matters invites students to knit and crochet for good. In March over 30 items were donated to the St James Shelter in Southampton to be passed on to their intensive hostel, and 10 Bobby Buddies were donated to Portswood Police Station. Bobby Buddies are knitted teddies which are carried in patrol cars and used to comfort young children. The Woolly Matters team also did a yarn fundraiser, raising a huge £100 for the Hub.
In the Spotlight
This month we are putting the Hampshire Hub committees in the spotlight. Hub staff Lydia and Sapthi got the Southampton and Winchester Hub student leaders together for a day of connection and collaboration earlier in the month. Sessions included public speaking training, action learning sets and peer support.
What to Look Out For
- Our 15 for Student Hubs fundraising team is growing and you are invited to join. If you’re looking for an active challenge and keen to support a charity this summer read more about how to get involved on our blog
- Our April webinars include a free workshop for students on building your resilience and a staff webinar on recruiting and inducting new members of your team well
- In case you missed it, for International Women’s Day we spotlighted Empower – our female empowerment programme. Read all about it on our blog
- Kingston and Winchester Hubs collaborated to celebrate LGBTQ+ history month by collecting submissions from student creators. You can see the submission showcase on the Kingston Hub blog
- We have started a new Alumni Wrap Up on Instagram. Head over to the Student Hubs Insta stories every other Friday to get involved – the next Wrap Up is on 1 April