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.

Joining a student-led projects is a great way for you to meet like minded people and gain new skills, all whilst giving back to some amazing causes! Take a look at some examples of proejcts you could join below: 

Student Action

Student Action is a group of 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?”

Student Action runs projects that support homeless people, refugees and children living in temporary accommodation, amongst other things. 

You can choose which project you would like to support! You can volunteer for one-off events or on a more regular basis.

“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!

“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.

Find out more


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!"