Bristol Hub: Our Impact in 2016/17
We are very excited to launch our Impact Report for 2016/17! This has been both an exciting and challenging year for Bristol Hub. We came into September as a new staff team — straight into the chaos of freshers! However, we quickly found our feet and, alongside an excellent student committee, went onto deliver another fantastic year of student social action in Bristol.
In 2016/17 Bristol Hub made some exciting progress on the programmes we deliver. We doubled the number of student consultants taking part in the Social Innovation Programme, supporting even more students to use their skills to address briefs set by local social impact organisations. We also launched the Student Hub’s volunteering programme LinkAges in Bristol. LinkAges aims at tackling isolation and loneliness experienced by older people, as well as fostering understanding between generations and supporting students to be more connected to their local community. Students and residents shared skills in craft and tech, learning from each other and engaging in conversations that otherwise wouldn’t have happened.
In 2016/17 Bristol Hub….
- 192 volunteers
- 673 beneficiaries
- 43 community projects
90% of students agreed that their ability to work with others to make change happen had improved after taking part in a Bristol Hub programme
100% of partners rated the quality of programme delivery as either better than average or one of the best
In 2017/18 we aim to increase our impact across our flagship volunteering programmes such as LinkAges and Schools Plus by supporting more students to volunteer and working with new community partners.We will also continue to explore new opportunities for community engagement, where we feel students are well placed to make a difference. We will particularly focus on developing our work with care organisations across Bristol, with a new volunteering project aimed at reducing the social isolation of adults that need support for a range of different needs, such as mental health conditions, learning disabilities, or autism spectrum disorder.
If you want to find out more about our impact this year, the projects we run and how you can get involved as a community partner, check out our impact report.