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At Oxford Hub, we partner with local organisations to create social action opportunities that benefit the local community. Whether you have a particular opportunity that our students might enjoy, would benefit from a skilled placement service, or have a fantastic new project idea, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, sign-up to our community newsletter (http://eepurl.com/cOeWFr), or read on below to find out more about our current opportunities for collaboration...
We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities to students, as well as the relevant training and support (including safeguarding inductions and DBS checks where necessary). With guidance from Oxford Hub staff, volunteering projects are led by student coordinators, who take responsibility for recruiting other volunteers and the day-to-day running of the project. Existing areas of our work include:
Schools - we run a tutoring scheme matching university students with school pupils in order to raise their academic confidence, interest and attainment. We tailor volunteering to the needs of each school, and have students working with a range of age groups and on subjects from Maths to Music. Beyond the traditional curriculum, we also have additional opportunities through our Forest Schools and Code Club projects.
Older people - LinkAges is our inter-generational project, aiming to tackle loneliness amongst socially-isolated older people. Students volunteer in a variety of care organisations, as well as sharing their skills through IT classes.
Young People - we support disadvantaged children by connecting them with student mentors on regular activity days, and running sessions at local youth groups.
Environmental Projects - we have a number of volunteering projects promoting sustainability in Oxford. These include a community garden, pop-up ethical food store, community dinners using surplus food, and coffee ground recycling initiative.
Homelessness - we partner with local charities to provide opportunities for students to tackle homelessness in Oxford.
English Language - we run free and friendly language classes for people learning English in Oxford. Additionally, we facilitate skills swaps between Arabic and English speakers.
The Social Impact Internship Scheme - Organisations often lack the capacity and resources to complete all the work they would like to achieve. Meanwhile students are eager to develop their skills; increase their professional experience and gain insights into the sector. Our Internship Scheme connects these two desires, as we recruit university students and match them with social impact organisations to undertake 6-8 week placements over the summer break. As part of the scheme, we provide pre- and post-placement training for students, and ongoing support to ensure the placements are as productive as possible. You can find all the information you need and apply on our website.
The Young Trustees Programme - Oxford Hub's Young Trustees Programme connects students with charities looking to welcome a young trustee onto their board. Despite making up 12% of the UK’s population, 18-24 year-olds account for less than 0.5% of all charity trustees. Because of this, most boards lack diversity and miss the opportunity to widen their collective skills and perspectives. From October 2017, we will be recruiting another 20 students to become visiting trustees in local charities, providing ongoing support and training for the following 12 month period.
Impact Labs - Impact measurement is essential for charities to be able to prove the value of their work, but also to improve the services they deliver and ensure they are deliver the best possible outcomes. However, charities often lack the capacity to devote time to this area of work. Oxford Hub's Impact Labs programme recruits teams of students and trains them in key impact measurement skills, so that they can support local organisations to achieve their goals. The upcoming round will run between October and December 2017 and focus on supporting youth sector providers in Oxford City.
Finally, we also support students to launch new initiatives responding to social and environmental issues in Oxford. If you have an idea for how students could benefit the local community then please get in touch at email@example.com.