2020 has been an incredibly challenging year and we can reflect on our unique position across both the higher education sector and the charity sector, working with university student volunteers to support our five Hub communities. Please read about the impact we saw and we supported students and communities here.
Supporting Hub Communities
Between April and August, we have supported 641 young people and 17 older people. We listened attentively to our community partners and tailored our programmes to their needs and priorities.
Sadly, this crisis enhanced the difficulties of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, including children and older people. In order to tackle educational inequality and loneliness, we ensured we were still offering valuable support to those affected:
- We created penpal schemes, so that volunteers could write to the elderly having to shield in their care homes (LinkAges);
- Student volunteers prepared educational videos and resources, and ran online tutoring sessions (Schools Plus);
- We organised activity packs, online challenges and small group activity days (Branch Up; Active)
“[The activity packs] will be a brilliant little project for [our pupils] to work from at home to finish the year off. Many of our [pupils] are really disadvantaged so the fact that you can five them the bits they need will totally make it accessible to those who would normally miss out.”
– Primary school partner with Southampton Hub