We support students to take part in and lead a wide range of social action opportunities in their communities. In 2015-16:
students took part in one of our opportunities.
of students had not been involved in social action before – a 7% increase from the previous year.
This shows a significant improvement in the targeting of our offerings to students who had not previously been involved.
Taking part in our activities has a transformative impact on students' skills, confidence and wellbeing:
improved their ability to work with others to make change.
improved their ability to lead others to make change.
increased their confidence in approaching challenges.
of volunteers think that being involved in the Hub has enhanced their university experience.
We also found that 96% of volunteers feel that we offered them access to opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have had. In addition, 97% think that the Hubs introduced them to people they wouldn’t otherwise have met. Finally, 76% of students would definitely recommend getting involved to a friend.
For Community Partners
By taking part in our social action programmes, students have a transformative impact in their local communities:
of our community partners benefited from specifically engaging students.
of volunteers noticed a somewhat or definite positive change in the beneficiaries.
of SIP partners reported that beneficiaries definitely benefited from their organisational engagement with student consultants.
of partners think that School Plus definitely increased interest in academic work among beneficiaries.
think that Schools Plus definitely increased confidence among beneficiaries.
of Social Innovation Programme partners agreed that the work produced by student consultants definitely added capacity to their organisations.
students volunteered long-term through one of our
Our one-off volunteering opportunities also gave 433 students the chance to get a taste of volunteering, many of them for the first time. Across all of our programmes, we have served 4,522 beneficiaries.
This year saw a slight increase in the number of long-term volunteers and projects. We have also decreased our number of one-off volunteering participants from 951 students in 2014/15 to 433 students in 2015/16, as partners told us that they prefer longer-term engagement with student volunteers that can have a deeper impact on beneficiaries.
students supported to undertake social consultancy placements during term time.
The number of students taking part in our social consultancy placements increased by 350% from 87 last year, thanks to local teams focusing on expanding this programme.
Whilst we saw a decrease in the total number of projects incubated (from 107 last year), a higher proportion were launched than last year (33%). This reflects an increase in time dedicated by our staff to supporting students with an idea to get them off the ground.
Student Volunteering Week 2016 was an opportunity for student volunteers, colleges, universities, Students' Unions, charities, social enterprises, businesses and government to collaborate and celebrate the impact student volunteers have in their local communities.
Together, we contributed to the biggest SVW yet, using local and national events and communications to demonstrate the benefits of embedding social action in Further and Higher Education.