Branch Up
Our Mission: To give children who might not have the opportunity out for fun, educational activity days with motivated, inspiring students to improve their confidence and social skills while raising their future aspirations.
Various Saturdays throughout term-time
Exciting locations around Hampshire!
What is Branch Up?
Branch up is a student led organisation which provides extra-curricular activities for disadvantaged children in Southampton.
Why?
One in three children in the UK lives in poverty. Economic background has a significant impact on a child's educational attainment and on their social and emotional well-being and development. This inequality is visible in and outside of the classroom; research has shown that children from low-income backgrounds will have experienced fewer extra-curricular activities than children from more wealthy backgrounds. These activities might include visits to the museum or zoo or opportunities to learn musical instruments. ​
If you are interested in Branch Up as a parent or would like to refer a child to our service then please contact branchupkids@southamptonhub.org.
Activity Days 2017-18
We run regular activity days for 7-13 year old children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Southampton. This year's activity days are scheduled for:
  • Saturday 28th October
  • Saturday 11th November
  • Saturday 18th November (Hands-On Humanities Day!)
  • Saturday 9th December
  • Saturday 27th January
  • Saturday 10th February
  • Saturday 24th February
  • Saturday 10th March (Science and Engineering Day!)
  • Saturday 28th April
  • Saturday 12th May
  • Saturday 9th June
  • Saturday 16th June
Application process
Please apply using the 'Apply' Tab above. We will ask you a couple of short questions. You are then expected to attend an informal selection workshop where we will assess your communication skills and commitment to Branch Up. This is a non-competitive process, we are simply ensuring that all of our volunteers understand their responsibility and are able to create a safe environment and fun day for the children!
Once through this selection process, you will be invited to a compulsory training session where we will cover child protection and safeguarding alongside providing other information on behaviour management and responsibilities.
And then the fun can begin!
Volunteering with Branch Up won't cost you
This project takes place on Highfield Campus and around Southampton City Centre! All activity day transport with be organised for you, and so you won't have to pay for travel or entrance tickets to venues (like the zoo). We only need you to bring your own lunch. If you are concerned about costs please email clara.johnston@southamptonhub.org.
We do ask volunteers to pay a £15 deposit to cover their DBS check and tshirt. You will get this back at the end of the year providing you attend at least 4 activity days - this is so we can ensure that the young people we work with have consistency in the mentors that we work with. If you are not able to cover this deposit, please don't worry - just get in touch with Clara clara.johnston@southamptonhub.org to let her know.
Why not volunteer with a friend?
Volunteering for Southampton Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?
If you need reasonable alterations made to volunteer then just get in touch! We are inclusive and encouraging of all students who want to volunteer.
Got any questions before you apply or need reasonable adjustments made to volunteer?
Just email clara.johnston@southamptonhub.org. We are inclusive and encouraging of all people who want to volunteer.
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