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.

All of our activities are risk assessmed and are in line with current government guidance on COVID-19. We also operate under a safe space policy which ensures our opportunities are welcoming to all and reinforces our zero tolerance for any forms of discrimination, bullying and/or harassment. We are also happy to make reasonable adjustments to any of our projects to suit your accessibility needs - click here for more information about reasonable adjustments.

Volunteering placements

  • Schools Plus helps young people to achieve their academic potential by matching them with university student tutors.
  • Libraries Plus is a branch of Schools Plus, with homework clubs hosted at local libraries by university student tutors.
  • Branch Up supports local disadvantaged 7-11 year old children by connecting them with student mentors on activity days.
  • Empower is a 1:1 mentoring scheme which matches university student mentors with school students at risk of academic pressures.
  • Invent Plus is an engineering outreach project, inspiring primary and secondary school children with fun workshops.
  • Inspire, Debate, Change is a citizenship programme for 9-13 year olds to engage them with UK politics
  • BioCycle is Southampton's first student-led food waste recycling scheme!
  • One Off Opportunties provides one-off volunteering opportunities for anybody to apply and get involved in.

How long do I have to commit to a project?

Other than our Local Action opportunities, we expect all volunteers who sign up and successfully get through their selection workshop to commit to our projects over several weeks.

For Schools Plus, Libraries Plus, Invent Plus, Empower, and Inspire, Debate, Change

We expect at least one term of volunteering, which typically lasts around 6 weeks with an induction before your placement starts. Most volunteers continue into semester two, although you may choose to swap placement to a different school or location in the second semester.

For Branch Up

We have many volunteers who attend all or most of these days (8 activity days across the year) and volunteer continuity is much better for our young people involved in the project! We would expect an absolute minimum of 5 days across the year.

For BioCycle

We ask that all volunteers commit to at least 4 food waste collection sessions throughout the semester.


Alongside running volunteering opportunities, Southampton Hub incubates new projects. In practice, this means we work with students and community partners to launch innovative ideas which tackle local social and environmental issues.

We are always happy to chat about new ideas for creating social change over a cup of tea, so drop us an email at, or come and say hello to us and our committee on campus!

Libraries Plus, Invent Plus and BioCycle all started as incubated projects and there's plenty of potential to turn your ideas into reality.

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