Oxford Hub is a charity offering practical volunteering, skilled placements, project incubation and events. Together, we have the power and potential to shape a better Oxford.
We believe that when people are supported to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other, both communities and volunteers benefit. Community-led social action creates positive change now and in the future.
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.
After 10 years of working with Oxford’s student population to bring about social change through practical volunteering, in 2017 we decided we could grow our vision and include all Oxford residents who want to act to make Oxford a better city. Find out more over on our resident-facing website: http://www.weareoxfordhub.org.
We aim to empower people 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 2017-18 report here.
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 also work with Oxford SU, the student union at the University of Oxford. Students volunteer their time with Oxford SU to represent the student body to the university and the community, and to campaign on issues that affect students and the local community. For more information, visit their website here.
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.
Social Action Network
We also 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 Social Action 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 in addition to running exciting and engaging events in collaboration with Oxford Hub.
If you are a student group and would like to join our Social Action Network, please apply via this this form.
Browse all of our activities here, and check out our FAQs if you've got a question we can help with.