Southampton Hub supports students to volunteer in placements in the local community. These placements build students' skills, develop their network and support them to tackle social issues. Students receive bespoke training and support throughout from a dedicated and experienced staff team.
Southampton Hub was founded in 2011 by a group of passionate students, after they attended Oxford’s International Development Conference and decided that similar events and opportunities for students to form a network could really make a difference here in Southampton. In that year they ran Southampton’s first IDC, which was repeated in 2012, along with some national Student Hubs programmes (including Schools Plus).
Since then, Southampton Hub has grown substantially with more volunteering projects, more student volunteers, and two members of staff from the national Student Hubs team who support the committee, our volunteers and run bespoke training and events throughout the academic year.
We are part of the national network of Student Hubs and have sister Hubs in Bristol, Cambridge, Kingston, Oxford, Oxford Brookes and Winchester.
Student Hubs have a national team which support local Hub staff with training, development, fundraising, impact, training provision for students and more. Being part of a network allows local Hubs to scale projects from other Hubs in new areas, learn from best practice and support each other's work, as well as connect with a range of people who are committed and passionate about social action.
Student Hubs also has an associated graduate scheme called Worthwhile who work with various social impact organisations. They provide training for all of the Worthwhile cohort and all graduates recruited by Student Hubs.
As part of the national charity Student Hubs, impact is hugely important to what we do. We run all of our projects on a 'double benefit' model, with the intention that every project should benefit both our student volunteers and the local community.
We measure our impact through mid-year and end of year feedback forms with students and community partners, and our feedback forms are standardised so our national team can compile a yearly report. To read our latest report from 2016-2017, go here.
Partner With Southampton Hub
We work with a variety of local partners and funders 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.