About Oxford Hub
I am Ellie and I work for the Oxford Hub. I have worked as a youth worker for 5 years and i am really passionate about giving all young people the opportunities to help them develop through accessing a range of opportunities and by encouraging them to be more active.
Oxford Hub is a charity in Oxford that provides volunteering opportunities for students and residents in the local area! We have lots of programmes ranging from Environmental programmes to working with Elderly people in care homes.
My main role is planning and delivering our Youth Programmes. One of the programmes we run is called Branch Up, Branch Up is fun activity days for Young People referred by social services or family support workers. Branch Up provides the 40 young people with opportunities they wouldn't normally have access too as well as encouraging them to be active! The programme is for 7-11 year olds and we have had trouble when the Young People turn 12 as they don't want to leave the programme and we currently have no extra provision for them.
Our new idea!
This is where the idea of our new programme 'Branch Up Beyond' came from, we wanted to have a programme that acted as a transition programme for the Branch Up kids as well as inviting new referrals between 12-14 years.
The idea of our new programme is to help the young people develop new interests and hobbies through planning workshops in arts and crafts, film making, cooking and so on then after the year programme we will support them and sign post them onto activities that expand on this interest.
Branch Up Kids
In the academic year 2018-19:
- 100% of primary carers of children on Branch Up reported an increase in the confidence and social skills of their child as a result of taking part in the programme.
- 100% of primary carers of children on Branch Up agree that Branch Up gives children access to opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have had.
- 86% of primary carers of children on Branch Up agree that children have built positive relationships with university student volunteers through taking part in the programme.
Branch Up Volunteers
We have over 50 volunteers for Branch Up and lots interested in our new idea Branch Up Beyond as they are all keen to continue supporting the young people on Branch Up.
“I started volunteering in second year because I realised I’d been in Oxford for two years and not gone beyond the 1 or 2 square miles in the city centre. I saw a post on the university basketball page about Branch Up and decided to give it a go. We work with young people in Oxfordshire, taking them on activity days and giving them a chance to do things they wouldn’t normally do. On my second activity day, we were picking up the young people. I knocked on someone’s door and the boy’s mum answered and asked if I was Milo. She said her son had been talking about me all week and looking forward to the activity session. You can have such a big impact on someone’s life even by giving a few hours! Volunteering is also so social - I’ve made great friends through doing Branch Up, just like you would through sport or any other society! - Milo, 4th year Classics at Oxford University, Merton College
"Branch Up has impacted my life a lot - I love it! It's given me another focus, it's given me a chance to help people, I feel it's enriched my life, it's made it more interesting. It's really rewarding putting something back into society - I'm passionate about social issues. I don't just to it for my CV - the main reason I've carried on is because I've got such a drive for it. Through volunteering I've realised I want to go into the social sector - it's made me realise what I'm about and made me learn things I didn't know about myself. Before I came to uni I knew I wanted to do something helping people, but now I've realised I want to help social inequalities and go into the social sector!" Eloise, 3rd Year Sociology & Criminology at Oxford Brookes