Support a student-led project


Student-led project roles usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Stellify Award. Roles that take on committee responsibility may count towards the "Step Up and Lead" section.

Student Action

Student Action is a group of like-minded students who run a variety of volunteering projects, aiming to help others and create positive change within the local community. All of the projects were started by and are led by students, and some have been running since the 1960s.

“What will I do?”

You can choose which of the many projects you wish to support! You can volunteer for one-off events or on a more regular basis.

Student Action Volunteers cook meals for homeless people; give English lessons for refugees; run clubs for children living in temporary accommodation; organise activity evenings for people who have learning disabilities and arrange film afternoons for elderly people (…to name a few!)

There are loads more projects you can get involved with and Student Action would also love to hear from you if you have an idea for a new project you’d like to start!

“Is this for me?”

Student Action needs volunteers who care about people and who want to make a difference in the community. They are looking for people who are empathetic, enthusiastic and willing to offer ideas and be creative!

“What will I get out of it?”

Through volunteering with Student Action you will become part of a team who are committed to helping others however we can.  You will have new experiences, meet other brilliant volunteers and learn a lot from the people you work with.

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Enactus Manchester

Enactus Manchester is a team of students who develop and volunteer on enterprising projects to help the community and the environment. The team manage the projects from ideation through to becoming social enterprises. They currently have local projects looking to support young people at risk of homelessness, migrant parents and refugee women. 

The society is one of 60 UK university teams, which are part of a global Enactus network. The students have access to training and development opportunities through Enactus UK and their sponsor companies. Every year the team showcase their projects at regional and national competitions, sharing ideas and expertise across the network.

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Heart Heroes

The Heart Heroes project gives you the chance to make a real difference by teaching vital lifesaving skills and spreading first aid awareness across Greater Manchester. Full training is provided at the start of the year and then small groups of student volunteers deliver basic first aid sessions in local community settings including schools, community centres and to students on campus, using a combination of presentations, video clips and practice using Little Anne training manikins.

Sessions can be booked to fit around your availability and we only ask that you commit to preparing and delivering a minimum of four sessions across the year, although we would encourage you to do more.

More information about Heart Heroes coming soon 


Access all Areas

Access All Areas are a group of student volunteers and leaders who all aim to tackle barriers to higher education. The initiative began in 2012 and supports a variety of projects from Reading Mentors in Primary School to alternative political workshops for secondary and college age students with Student Voice. 

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Alice is a student leader for the student-led project Incredible Edible Manchester, which plants fruit, vegetables and herbs in Fallowfield for anyone in the community to use for free. The project runs regular volunteer gardening sessions and events, and aim to learn, through growing and from others in the local community, about growing food in a more sustainable and inclusive way.

"I first became a student leader in my second year, and I think I would’ve been too scared to go for it if I hadn’t been asked to! But I’m so glad I did because it’s been such a fun and rewarding experience. I’ve had some great opportunities to get stuck into gardening and work with some amazing students, community groups and companies. Learning about sustainable growing and helping to do something good for the local community and the environment is very satisfying, and I get such a sense of achievement when our hard work pays off!"