Student-led project roles usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Manchester Leadership Award. Roles that take on committee responsibility may count towards the "Step Up and Lead" section.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Enactus is an international organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. It provides a platform for teams of students to create community development projects, both locally and overseas. The students are expected take an entrepreneurial approach, using business and economic concepts in order to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to showcase the impact of their outreach efforts and to be evaluated by executives serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the Enactus World Cup.
Enactus Manchester currently has a series of projects here in Manchester and in other parts of the world.
The Heartstart 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 the British Heart Foundation Heart Start DVD and training manikins.
Sessions can be booked to fit around your availability and we ask that you commit to preparing and delivering a minimum of four sessions across the year, although we would encourage you to do more.
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.
Fran was a leader of Student Action’s Street Support project for two years during her time at university. Every Sunday evening she cooked food at the Students’ Union with a team of other volunteers, to take for homeless people in the city centre to enjoy a hot meal.
She said: “We usually get between ten and twenty men and women coming to us each week. They are all lovely in their own ways and their stories vary massively. Some of the guys have degrees but have fallen on hard times and some have jobs. We never turn away anyone who comes for a meal or a coffee.
I have formed some really close relationships with the people who come. Some of them bring pictures of their children to show me, and I’ve even been lucky enough to see friendships forming between the men and women who meet with us every week.
It’s really nice to be able to actually DO something to help!”