Information about who we are, what we do and the programmes on offer for your young people.
Southampton schools, youth clubs and organisations
Southampton Hub is a local branch of the national charity, Student Hubs. Our team of volunteers and staff work in partnership with the University of Southampton and support students to run practical volunteering projects in the local community.
Southampton Hub have been active in the community since 2011 (see our history here).
We have several youth projects which we run both in the community and directly through schools. These are:
For care homes/organisations that work with vulnerable and older adults: LinkAges, a project which tackles social isolation by giving students the opportunity to meet residents of care homes in their home or at on-campus tea and cake events.
Our volunteering projects only take place during the university academic term-time so projects do not run for the entire school term. The timeline for projects typicall looks like this:
All of our volunteers working directly with young people or vulnerable adults are expected to undergo a DBS check. These are processed by oursleves or directly with schools and colleges. Volunteers are also expected to attend a training session delivered by the staff team and complete safeguarding training.
Staff generally will be your main contact whenever needed, however once this project launches, student coordinators will take most of the communication as they will be there in person. Our projects are led by students and it is an excellent opportunity for them to lead others, engage with partners in a professional way, and get career-ready experience. In practice this will mean students speaking to you about project logistics, weekly contact and check-ins, making you aware of any volunteer attendance issues or general feedback from students.
Staff meet student coordinators on a weekly basis and support all students coordinators and volunteers with training and issues. The staff team are available to discuss issues either by email, over the phone or in person with you throughout any stage of the project if you need them.
Get in touch with Sophie Ford, Southampton Hub Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07377996754, who will be able to talk about practicalities and next steps.