Welcome to the brand new Winchester Hub blog! We've never really had a blog before, so bare with us as we try to figure this out. We thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to you properly...
We are the local branch of the national charity Student Hubs (check out their blog here). We believe that students have the power and potential to change the world around them, and we are here to support them to learn about social issues, connect with other students, and do something about the issues they are passionate about. Not only do we help student connect with one another but we also encourage them to build bridges with their local communities. We don't believe in the town and gown divide - we are one, fantastic Winchester community!
So what exactly do we do 🤔
There are loads of ways you can get involved with the Hub from volunteering in care homes to gardening to summer placements in third sector organisations - we have you covered!
We have lots of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved with;
Interested in working with children? You can volunteer in primary and secondary schools in Basingstoke, Eastleigh, and Winchester with Schools Plus. Not keen on being in the classroom and looking for something a bit more...dramatic? You could help run acting workshops for children in community centres with Youth Theatre.
Interested in tackling elderly isolation? We run a wide range of befriending activities with our programme LinkAges in care homes, sheltered housing schemes, and community centres, where you can have a tea/coffee and a chat, share your skills, or support on-going arts activities for isolated older people in Winchester.
Across the Student Hubs network we run the Social Impact Voluntary Placements scheme which matches keen students to third sector organisations for 7 week long placements over the summer. This is a really cool opportunity for students to work on meaningful projects over the summer, adding real value to small organisations, and develop those key graduate employability skills. Applications have now closed for summer 2019 but we re-open them every January!
We also run programmes aimed at students who want to start up something new. Looking to set up your own social enterprise? Then the Try It Awards can support you with seed funding and specialised training to help you get your business off the ground. Not sure you have an idea, but keen to develop the skills that will help you become a more rounded graduate? You should check out Pioneer. We run a 6 week social enterprise course to get you clued up on the operations of enterprise.
Not into business but want to start something up? Our staff team are happy to chat to any student or community partner any time to chat about potential new projects. We are adaptable to your interests and the community needs.
Now that you know about what we do, keep an eye out for the second part of this post soon to find about who makes these wonderful things happen and a little about our history!