Community Exploration Programme
Research, make resources and develop new campaigns for Southampton Hub over 3 weeks in April-May!
10 hours across 3 weeks
Highfield Campus
What is the Community Exploration Programme?
The Community Exploration Programme is part of Southampton Hub’s work this year to target areas of need within the city, such as loneliness, mental health and wellbeing, and sharing community voices. We expect small teams of 2-3 to work on set briefs for 3 weeks from 29th April until the week commencing 13th May. You will then present back to the Southampton Hub Manager in a one hour debrief presentation about your work.
No experience of project management, resource creation or volunteering is needed - we teach you everything you need to know! All that is required is enthusiasm, 10 hours of commitment across 3 weeks, and a willingness to work in a team.
In November 2018, Southampton Hub held a One Community Forum event which brought together 23 individuals from the University of Southampton, students from Southampton Hub, members of the community and members of Student Hubs. The Forum event helped us to identify five key areas which needed targeting by Southampton Hub programmes and initiatives: mental health and wellbeing; loneliness; use of community spaces; promoting and accessing community voices; and transport and geography.
Transition Workshops: We want to develop a student-led workshop which we can take into schools for Year 6s and Year 11s about transitioning to new schools and colleges. Resilience and transition was highlighted in the One Community Forum event as big areas of concern for young people, who often struggle with moving to a new school environment. We want to be able to support our local school partners with this transition and make young people feel more confident about making this step.
Loneliness Workshops: We want to develop a student-led workshop which we can take into schools and community groups which explores what it means to be lonely and how people can begin to create connections and a sense of belonging in their community. We want to make people who attend this session more able to identify loneliness, signs of loneliness in others, and an action plan for what they can do to feel less lonely.
Know Your City Campaign: We want to develop a campaign which uses findings from our Business Innovation Programme research on transport and geography concerns from students to get students to engage with new areas and community groups in Southampton. The campaign will look to address fear and concerns students have, map out opportunities over the summer for students to engage with the local community, and encourage students to explore areas of heritage and history in Southampton which they may never have seen before.
You will be able to choose a preference for these briefs in your application, and can request a full copy of the brief in advance if you would like by emailing
Volunteering Commitment
Volunteers will commit for 3 weeks, committing roughly 10 hours across the whole programme. The programme will run from the week commencing 29th April until the week commencing 13th May, where groups will be expected to submit all work to Fiona Walsh, Southampton Hub Manager, in a one hour briefing meeting on campus.
Skills and Employability
Get training in research and project management skills; get experience of developing workshops and resources for different community groups; plan a campaign; develop skills in teamwork, communication, planning and organising, and working to a client brief. A great experience to talk about in a job interview under any questions about planning, organising, attention to detail or a challenge you have faced.
Training and Support
There will be a mandatory 2 hour training session run by Fiona Walsh, Southampton Hub Manager in the week commencing 29th April which prepares volunteers with project management, research skills, and mapping out activities and roles.
Reasonable Adjustments
The Community Exploration Programme is committed to being an inclusive programme, and encourages all students to get involved. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, your volunteering placement, and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including if you want to disclose a disability or special educational needs, please do get in touch with Fiona at and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
Volunteering with the Community Exploration Programme won't cost you
We reimburse all Southampton Hub volunteers' travel expenses, including bus and car travel, throughout the project.
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?
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