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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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.

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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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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.

“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!”