Bristol Hub is a student-led group at the University of Bristol, offering practical volunteering, skilled placements, project incubation and events. We support you to learn about issues, connect with each other and tackle social problems. Together, we have the power and potential to shape a better world.
Bristol Hub is a local branch of the national charity Student Hubs. Our mission is to mainstream student social action, supporting a new generation of active citizens to achieve positive change now and in the future. Our vision is a society in which every student engages with social and environmental challenges during their time at university, empowering them to become active citizens for life.
All of our programmes work on a double benefit model, meaning both students and communities benefit from them. This is called a theory of change, have a read:
Bristol Hub was founded in 2008 by a group of students who felt the need for better coordination between student charitable groups at the University of Bristol. The vision was of a network that would connect students working across different causes so they could share insight, knowledge, and experience, and more effective together.
As more and more groups expressed interest in becoming involved with Bristol Hub it became evident that there were many other ways in which student charitable groups could be having a bigger impact. Bristol Hub saw a lack of resources for students interested in charitable activity as a key issue and sought to address it.
Working with the support of the University’s Sustainability team, Bristol Hub quickly expanded on its activities to provide training sessions, run conferences on social and environmental issues, and help students find jobs in the third sector.
Now, Bristol Hub delivers a number of key social action activities each year, designed to be effective at creating impact on both students and in the local community. We support students to take leadership roles, developing the skills necessary to address social issues and making a tangible difference whilst doing so.
We are part of the national charity Student Hubs, a network of Hubs in universities across England. Together we work to demonstrate the value of student social action and support universities to deliver effective student social action. You can read the 2018/19 Student Hubs Impact Report here.
Bristol Hub works in partnership with Bristol Student Union. Collaboratively we aim to: - Inspire students to discover and develop their skills and strengths - Enhance their wellbeing by helping them connect with others - Empower and develop students to change their own lives and the lives of others by becoming lifelong active global citizens. - Strengthen local communities through positive social action
The Hubcast is Bristol Hub's very own podcast. It features interviews with people from all across the Hub network, including volunteers, staff and community partners.
Tune in to find out more about what we do, how to get involved and our thoughts on youth social action.
Take a listen here.
Bristol Hub aims to support students to engage meaningfully in social action in all aspects of their lives. This includes making more socially-conscious lifestyle choices.
In collaboration with the Sustainability with University of Bristol department, Bristol Hub has produced a local living guide for students. This little guide is filled with ideas, tips and info on how to live more sustainably, ethically and feel more connected to your local community.
Check it out now: the Bristol Guide to Local Living.
Our current partners include the University of Bristol’s Sustainability team, Bristol SU and Burges Salmon. We also work with a number community partners in Bristol such as schools and care homes.
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 via [email protected]
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, email [email protected] to find out more.