December Digest

Posted on: 23 December 2022

Christmas Cards with Kingston Hub

Kingston Hub as part of their Give It A Go activities delivered a one-off opportunity for students to make and decorate Christmas cards to tackle isolation. Around 33 students engaged in this activity and all the cards have been donated to a local Elderly Activity Centre to be shared.

Two staff member and a committee member standing behind a table with orange cloth on with handmade christmas cards on the table.

December Team Time

Every month, our staff team comes together to connect, socialise and work on national items. This month, we focused on the analysis of our Equalities data from Teaching Block 1 applications and volunteers. This analysis will help the local Hubs understand their volunteer and applicant demographics and will inform their actions to diversify our projects. Following this session, we brainstormed on how we can use our values, our vision of active citizenship and our branding to develop our message and our organisation further. Finally, we finished the day with ex-Hub staff member Catherine Mitchell from the Centre for Youth Impact delivering training on ‘Asking Good Questions’, focusing on programme design and improvement. 

December Team Time also marks our Staff Christmas party. As usual, our staff team takes part in a Secret Santa and handmade decorations, while enjoying food and listening to our Christmas Playlist.

Two staff members looking and smiling at the camera while wearing Christmas glasses one as a Christmas pudding and other as a reindeer.

In the Spotlight

This month, I would like to put our Social Innovation Programme in the spotlight. The Social Innovation Programme in Bristol allows our students to develop their consultancy skills and help the community by providing innovative solutions to challenges faced by charities and social enterprises across Bristol. Bristol had a showcase for their first cohort with their Partners; Representation Matters, A&K’s Playground, Acts Theatre and Young Bristol.

Group of students and partners standing together and smiling towards the camera.

What to Look Out For

  • The Student Hubs Book Club has launched.

If you are looking to get more involved with reading in the new year, you should join our book club. Student Hubs is launching our brand new book club in January 2023, and after only being open to our staff team, we’re happy to announce that the club is open to all! Joining us as we read and discuss a mix of genres of books over the year on Discord. Join our Discord Server here:

  • We are recruiting a Cambridge Hub People & Activities Manager and Leeds Programme Manager.

Our Cambridge Hub People & Activities Manager will be supporting our Cambridge team to deliver high social impact at the University of Cambridge, holding them to account as we deliver our sustainability activities locally and with students. The Leeds Programme Manager will work with Leeds Conservatoire stakeholders and Student Hubs staff to develop, launch and recommend key projects, one-off activities and events which support students to engage with Leeds Conservatoire’s knowledge exchange objectives. You can find out more on our roles and apply here:

  • Alumni Wrap-Up

Check our instagram stories for our usual biweekly alumni wrap-up for more news and opportunities. 

Unsal Kaynak

Unsal Kaynak is the Kingston Hub Manager, and he also leads the Alumni work at Student Hubs. If you have questions or want to get in touch you can email him at

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