Winchester Hub is a local branch of the national charity, Student Hubs. Our team of volunteers and staff work in partnership with the University of Winchester to support students to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other. Read all about what Winchester Hub achieved in the 2019-20 academic year and how you can get involved!
This year we launched the SocialInnovation Programme (SIP), a sixweekstudent consultancy coursewhere students work with socialimpact organisations and mentorsfrom IBM to come up with innovativesolutions to problems they areexperiencing. They conduct bothprimary and secondary research,alongside training sessions todevelop their professional skills.Thanks to extra funding from theUniversity of Winchester, we wereable to run a summer cohort of SIPspecifically to help socialorganisations with COVID-19 relatedissues. This included how to makeonline spaces accessible to thosewith learning needs and how to usea space alongside COVID-19government regulations.This year we worked with:Winnall Rock SchoolWinAccAge Concern HampshireChild Health InternationalSt. Johns WinchesterWinchester GoLDWickham Community CentreWessex Green HubCompassionate Cuppa"It gave me a chance tolook at my own ways ofworking and change... italso help[ed] me sharethe skills I have."- Michael, SIP participantThe Impact48 SIP participants9 partner social impactorganisations7 IBM mentorsWinchester Hub is a branch of Student Hubs, a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1122328.
Incubation - Social Enterprise"I enjoyed going on the tour,seeing various socialenterprises to see whatexactly they do and howthey advocate themselvesto the community."- Melissa, Pioneer studentThrough our incubation work, wesupport students who have new ideasfor projects or social enterprises thattackle social and/or environmentalissues.In first semester we saw 10 studentsjoin our Pioneer programme, learningabout social enterprises and visitinglocal social enterprises in Winchesterto meet entrepreneurs.As part of this course, students alsohad the chance to go to the Universityof Portsmouth to compete in theannual Dynamo challenge, working inteams with students across the SouthCoast and Portsmouth FC on issuessuch as plastic pollution at matchesand attendance to women's footballgames.Finally, we saw three studentsawarded up to £500 for new socialenterprise ideas including: avegetarian bakery; that benefitsrescued animals; a productioncompany that hires people with mentalhealth needs; and a clothes companythat provides activities to improvemental health.The Impact7 students competing atDynamo10 Pioneer participants3 Try it Award recipientsWinchester Hub is a branch of Student Hubs, a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1122328.