15 Hour Walk for Student Hubs

Posted on: 25 April 2022

As part of our fundraisers this year, we’re sharing stories from our #Team15 who are taking on the 15 for Student Hubs Challenge. You can read Fiona’s story about their challenge here, and below our Bristol Hub Manager Sorcha and Network Operations Manager Sophie talk more about what they’re doing, why they’re doing it and how you can get involved!

Hello! It’s Sorcha and Sophie here, the Bristol Hub Manager and Student Hubs’ Network Operations Manager. We’re so excited to be sharing with you that we’re taking on the #15ForStudentHubs challenge this June, committing to walk 15 hours from Bristol to the Mendips and back. Why? To raise money for the important work Hubs do in their local communities.

What we’re doing

On 15 June we’ve booked out 15 hours to walk from Bristol, the city we are both lucky enough to live in, to the beautiful rolling Mendip Hills – and of course we’ll then turn round and come back again.

To prepare for this we have entered full training mode. We need to road test our hiking gear and get out and about to scale our walking from an after work spring stroll to a full blown walking marathon (and then some). We’re also planning out our breaks along the way and our route to make sure we get to see as much of the beautiful Somerset countryside as we can.

Why we’re doing it

We’ve both been involved with Bristol Hub since university, and have seen the impact it has had on ourselves and the local community first hand.

For me (Sophie) being part of the Hub massively improved my own experience at university. I got to meet like minded people and throw myself into projects I was passionate about. When I joined the staff team at Bristol Hub back in 2019 I was able to see the work Student Hubs does from a different perspective. Every week I was out in the local community collaborating with other organisations to make a real, sustained impact. I was particularly fond of Branch Up – seeing the young people I supported grow in confidence across the year really drove home the value of empowering students to make change in their local communities, and become active citizens for life.

For the other me (Sorcha), Bristol Hub opened my eyes to the possibilities of working in the charity sector. Starting out in the Social Innovation Programme as a team leader, my passion for social action was re-ignited after a few years of missed volunteering. Moving into the committee after this allowed me to make some friends for life and build a network of engaged, motivated people making a change. I was so proud to be a part of the network that I applied and got the job to build the Social Innovation Programme in Winchester! Being back in Bristol has allowed me to build even more skills and bring my love for this work back around to where it first started. Working with students and seeing these journeys happen again and again makes me love coming into work everyday to see the powerful change that young people can make in their local communities.

Five students stand in formal wear at an eventOne adult and two children sit smiling at the camera. Behind them are plants.

How you can get involved

Sorcha Young and Sophie Payne

Bristol Hub Manager Sorcha and Network Operations Manager Sophie are both based in Bristol. If you'd like to reach out to either of them you can do at manager@bristolhub.org and sophie.payne@studenthubs.org respectively.

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