Volunteering and Community Action

  • A Brookes student teaches IT skills as part of a project with Age UK Hundreds of Oxford Brookes students spend time learning in the community and making a difference to the lives of others - and along the way develop invaluable skills and knowledge of their own.

    This may be as part of their formal degree programme, or one of the many extra-curricular opportunities provided and promoted by the Careers Centre, the Brookes Hub, the Students’ Union and university faculties.

  • Brookes Hub aims to empower students to create a positive impact in the local community. You can get involved with social and environmental challenges through our local volunteering projects, conferences or by setting up your own project or social enterprise.

    We offer a variety of opportunities working with the elderly, the homeless, working in community gardens and mentoring in schools.

    For more information about our projects, visit our website or contact us on emma.anderson@brookeshub.org

    The Brookes Union has strong relationships with local Residents' Associations, and over recent years has worked with them to promote to students their responsibilities as part of a residential community, aiming to minimise noise and disruption that arises from student nightlife.

    The Brookes Union facilitates student participation in OxClean, an annual litter-picking initiative that aims to keep Oxford clean and tidy, and also offers students the opportunity to engage with community groups. The Full Time Officers in the Brookes Union also take part in the OBU Mentoring Scheme, in which Brookes students volunteer to spend one hour a week mentoring students from three local schools, assisting them in the development of time-management, confidence and organisational skills.

    To find out more, please visit the Brookes Union Facebook page or website.

    One example is a cookery skills project, Food 4 All, teaching carers of children in the Rose Hill neighbourhood of Oxford to create economical and nutritious meals. The initiative has been developed in collaboration with the community and also aims to empower participants to create their own sustainable social enterprise and influence the food choices of others.

    To get involved with SIFE, please contact Sue Holton in the Careers and Employment Service: sholton@brookes.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 484670.

    Oxford Brookes graduates make valuable contributions to the economy, both in Oxfordshire and further afield. More than 3,500 people each year study health and social care subjects at Brookes, such as occupational therapy, specialist nursing, social work and midwifery.

    Find out more on our 'Students Making a Difference' pages

    In 2011, an Age UK shop opened in the Helena Kennedy Student Centre at the University’s Headington Hill site, which members of the public are welcome to visit. Students volunteer in the shop, which includes fashion items made by our art students. Usual opening hours of the shop are Monday to Friday 11:00am – 2:00pm and 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
    Brookes students organise an annual Human Rights Film Festival in Oxford, free of charge and open to all, usually held in February - March. Visit the festival website.