Student Action

Student Action is a group of students who believe in working directly with people in the local community to address prominent issues in Manchester. We run a range of projects across the city that champion a collaborative and community spirit, and give volunteers the chance to share and develop skills. Student Action is overseen by an elected student committee who manage budgets and help support and represent student project leaders.

You can apply for all of our volunteering opportunities through the Volunteer Hub! Use your student email address to create an account and search for the projects you’re interested in. Projects post adverts throughout the year, so be sure to check back regularly to see what’s new.

Current Projects

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These projects are run by self- identifying female volunteers supporting the wellbeing of women living in local centres. Currently our volunteers visit women’s shelters and supported housing to cook meals and run activity sessions for women with mental health issues.

To get involved with our Burkhart project, apply online through the Volunteer Hub or email sa.womens@outlook.com

To get involved with our Direct Access project, apply online through the Volunteer Hub or email sa.directaccess@gmail.com

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Student Action’s homeless are part of the Coalition of Relief, which is a group of organisations which have come together to help combat the problems that homeless people face in Manchester.

You can apply to be part of our Outreach project, which aims to befriend and support rough sleepers in the city centre, through the Volunteer Hub. If you’d like to know more about the project, email homelessoutreach@outlook.com.

We run two projects in temporary shelters where volunteers collaborate to cook and share meals with occupants. To volunteer on our Stockport Homeless Food Project or Strathclyde Women’s and Children’s Shelter Project, apply online through the Volunteer Hub. You can also contact the projects via email at stockporthomelessfoodproject@gmail.com and strathclyde2019@gmail.com.

Our Once a Month project aims to tackle period poverty by collaborating with local organisations to distribute sanitary products to homeless women. Applications open monthly on the Volunteer Hub. Stay up to date with the project by joining their Facebook group or emailing onceamonth.sa@gmail.com.

For more information about any of our homelessness projects, email sa.homeless@outlook.com.

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Volunteers on our Willowbank project plan and deliver fun recreational sessions for local young people and children in local temporary accommodation, sharing their knowledge and skills with children living there. To get involved with the Willowbank project, apply online through the Volunteer Hub or email willowvolunteering@outlook.com for more information.

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Get involved with our environmental projects and do more for the environment!

Biko Bikes is our student-led bike workshop which promotes cycling by refurbishing bikes to rent out to students and teaching bike maintenance skills. Apply online through the Volunteer Hub to become a Volunteer Bike Mechanic, and stay up to date with the project via their Facebook page. If you’d like to contact Biko Bikes, email umsubikes@gmail.com.

The Closet promotes sustainable fashion by holding vintage and sample clothing sales, donating all profits to Manchester Mind. Volunteers can take on a number responsibilities including marketing and visual merchandising, and you can apply online through the Volunteer Hub. Follow The Closet on Facebook to find out about their upcoming events, or email theclosetmcr@gmail.com.

Incredible Edible is a community gardening project, transforming derelict land into edible plots to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs for students and the local community. If you can spare a couple of hours on a Sunday morning, apply to become a Volunteer Gardner through the Volunteer Hub. Keep up to date with Incredible Edible on Facebook or email incredibleedibleteam@outlook.com.

Want Not Waste is a student-run plastic-free shop, selling sustainable goods as well as hosting a range of events such as cooking demos, workshops and talks on eating sustainably. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can contact Want Not Waste via Facebook or email wantnotwastemanchester@gmail.com.

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Volunteers on our UpLift project support fellow students to improve their wellbeing through getting active, accompanying members to the gym to work on confidence, techniques and workouts. If you’re confident in the gym and would like to share your experience, contact the project via Facebook.

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The Refugee and Asylum Seeker Conversation Club provides a safe and supportive environment for sanctuary seekers to practice their English speaking skills through friendly conversation. Apply online through the Volunteer Hub and keep up to date with the project on Facebook or by emailing convoclub.manchester@gmail.com.

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Our intergenerational projects invite elderly people from the local community to join us for a number of wonderful events held throughout the year. With over 100 local elderly people on our database our events are lively to say the least. We hold parties, film afternoons, dance classes and trips throughout the year. The community really look forwards to the events and they are great fun for volunteers to get involved with as well!

Opportunities to get involved are added to the Volunteer Hub each month, so be sure to check back regularly. If you’d like to contact the project, email sa.intergen@outlook.com.

The Intergen Buddy Scheme was set up in March as a reaction to Covid-19. The scheme matches student volunteers with elderly people. The volunteers ring their buddy at least once a week for a friendly chat and provide an important outside connection in an increasingly lonely situation. If you are interested in volunteering please email volunteering.su@manchester.ac.uk or sa.intergen@outlook.com. If you would like to refer an older person to the scheme please fill out this survey.

Your Student Action Committee

Chair: Gaby Hartfield
Treasurer: Natalie Rogers
Accessibility Projects Coordinator: Harry Barnes – pwp.wednesday@outlook.com
Children’s Projects Coordinator: Becky McNutt – willowvolunteering@outlook.com
Environmental Projects Coordinator: Pooja Kishinani
Homeless Projects Coordinator: Cameron Thomley – sa.homeless@outlook.com
Intergenerational Projects Coordinator: Fangyuan Zhou - sa.intergen@outlook.com
Women’s Projects Coordinator: Iniyah Sulaman - sa.womens@outlook.com

We will be running elections for next year’s committee (2020-21) in March, so keep an eye out for updates!

Keep up to date with Student Action on Facebook!

Contact us

If you have any questions about volunteering, you can contact the Volunteering & Fundraising Team via the following:

Email: volunteering.su@manchester.ac.uk
Phone: 0161 275 8268
Drop-in: Mondays, 2pm – 4pm in the Activities Office, first floor SU

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