About
Oxford Hub is a student-led group offering practical volunteering, skilled placements, project incubation and events. We support you to learn about issues, connect with each other and tackle social problems.
Together, we have the power and potential to shape a better world.
What do we do?
Practical Volunteering
We run a huge range of student-led practical volunteering opportunities:
  • Schools Plus helps young people to achieve their academic potential by matching them with university student tutors.
  • Branch Up supports local disadvantaged children by connecting them with student mentors on activity days.
  • LinkAges takes the loneliness out of old age by connecting students to opportunities to help local older people.
  • Teach Green teach primary school children about environmental projects.
  • Forest Schools give children the chance to develop through fun hands-on learning outdoors
  • Code Club broadens the horizons of local children by teaching them to code
  • FELLOW teach English to overseas workers.
  • OHAG link students up to charities tackling homelessness in Oxford.
  • OxCo-op makes ethical food accessible and affordable in the local community.
  • OxGrow is a community gardening project in South Oxford. #
  • ProjectSoup is a series of community micro-funding dinners, bringing people together to have fun, tackle food waste and raise awareness of and funds for community projects.
Skilled Placements
We run two skilled placements programmes throughout term time, which offer students the opportunity to gain experience working with local organisations in the social and environmental impact sector. Impact Labs places students as consultants in local charities, and through the Young Trustees Programme students can become visiting trustees at a range of charities in Oxford.
We also run a summer internship programme, placing students for a minimum of 6 weeks in social impact organisations across Southern England.
Incubation
Got an idea for a new community project or campaign? Get in touch and see how we can help at hello@oxfordhub.org.
If you are interested in social enterprise then you can also receive specific funding and support through our very own social enterprise support programme.
Outreach
During term time our sensational student committee also put on weekly events. These range from talks on pressing social and environmental issues, to charity open mic nights, social enterprise careers panels, ethical eating festivals, swap shops, microvolunteering opportunities and training sessions on key skills for social action. To stay in the loop, sign-up to our mailing list and receive a weekly email summarising the best of what's on in Oxford.
Our student committee also do great work to raise the profile of environmentally and socially conscious projects and businesses in Oxford. Take a look at our very own Ethical Guide to Oxford. Whether you’re looking for a great lunch or sustainable clothes, we’ve got you covered with these top picks!
Ethical Network
We work in collaboration with over 40 student groups and projects all working furiously to make social change happen, ranging from community gardens to homeless charities, from groups that volunteer in local schools to groups that tackle loneliness amongst older people.
Member groups of our Ethical Network are entitled to free publicity on our mailing list, The Week, as well as on all our social media. They are also entitled to free use of the event spaces at our home, the Turl Street Kitchen. Furthermore (yes, there's more!) we organise training sessions for them in key skills (e.g. fundraising, marketing, recruitment) to help them carry out their work in the most effective way possible.
If you are a student group and would like to join our Ethical Network, please apply via this this form.
Impact
We aim to support students to create positive social change in their communities. In order to share and improve how we do this, we are committed to measuring our impact. Read our latest report here.
We believe that when students are supported to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other, both communities and students benefit. Student social action creates positive change now and in the future, enhancing communities and equipping young people to become active citizens for life.
Values
We are: social, ambitious, motivational, bold and long-term.
  • Be bold: visionary, innovate and don't take no for an answer
  • Be motivational: full of positivity, generosity and enabling energy
  • Be social: focus on personal relationships, collaboration and empathy
  • Be long-term: hold a sustainable perspective
  • Be ambitious: have an excellence reflex
History
Oxford Hub was founded in 2007 by a group of students who felt the need for better coordination between student charitable groups. The vision was of a network that would connect students working across different causes so they could share insight, knowledge, and experience, thereby making all groups more effective. As more and more groups expressed interest in becoming involved with Oxford Hub, it became evident that there were many other ways in which students could have a positive social and environmental impact in Oxford.
Oxford Hub quickly expanded its activities. Its success led to the creation of Student Hubs and other Hubs at universities across the South of England. We now reach over 8,000 students every week with information about opportunities to get involved in social and environmental action, have 3,000 students attending inspiration and incubation events, and support 600 students to volunteer in the local community.
Partner with Oxford Hub
We work with a variety of local partners, such as the Oxfordshire Community Foundation, to run our activities. We are grateful for their ongoing support and glad to be making a bigger impact together.
We’re always happy to hear from potential partners. If you’d like to collaborate with us on a project or event, get in touch.
If you’re interested in connecting with our national network of over 30,000 students or would like high quality training for your students and staff, find out more.
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© Oxford Hub is a branch of Student Hubs, a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1122328.