Our Campaign in Brief
We are Branch Up and we're raising £700 to run fantastic activity days for disadvantaged children in Southampton.
What is branch up?
Branch Up is part of Southampton Hub, a network of students from the University of Southampton who are fully embedded in the wider community with every singe student engaging in social and environmental issues for the betterment of the community. Branch Up's aim is to run activity days for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each activity day is led by a student volunteer and mentor, who provide the children who take part with the best opportunities available to young people today, allowing them to be a part of new and exciting experiences that contribute towards their future.
Why branch up is so important!
Branch Up aims to raise the ambition and aspirations of local children from disadvantaged backgrounds, whilst promoting volunteering opportunities to students at the University of Southampton.
Children who come from disadvantaged circumstances are more likely to suffer emotional and behavioral problems that can have a life-long, negative effect on their future health and wellbeing. Branch Up offers these children the chance to experience activities such as pottery, baking, museum trips and zoo trips that give disadvantaged young children a chance to enjoy opportunities they may otherwise miss out on. These activities also provide a myriad of health, social and cultural benefits, whilst developing the soft skills which are so important in school, further education and employment.
Interacting with positive and motivated university students can build young people’s future aspirations. Research has shown that 80% of young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods live in close proximity to a highly selective university but only 1 in 25 will go on to attend such a university. In Southampton 55% of children under the age of five live in the 30% most deprived areas in the UK. 10 small areas of Southampton fall into 10% most deprived in England for income deprivation, affecting children, whilst less than a third of students in schools or colleges in Southampton go on to university.
Activity days plan to get the children out of their usual environment, experiencing new adventurous, cultural and educational activities, whilst creating a strong bond between them, their volunteer and the other children.
This year we will be able to put on two activity days during the 2014-15 academic year. But with the help of our supporters to this project we hope to increase the number of activity days to as many as three per term.
Where will your money go?
We have great aspirations for what we hope to do with the support we receive from our project: from playing "Muggle Quidditch" on Southampton Common to a day out at the Zoo or a trip to Legoland. These are all things the kids might not be able to do without the help of Branch Up and without your help. Helping us to make our aspirations a reality will really make a difference.
The most important thing, however, is that funding will ensure that Branch Up can continue its good work far into the future. We aim to be a long term and sustainable project, working with as many children and volunteers as possible.
Here's exactly how your money can make a difference..
- Just £3 will pay for a child's lunch
- £5 will pay for an entrance ticket to a museum
- £7 will pay for one seat on a minibus
- £27 will pay for a child's ticket to Legoland
- £95 will pay for an activity day playing Quidditch for 20 kids
- £175 will cover DBS checks for 25 volunteers, to ensure the safety of the children.
What do you get in return?
As well as helping make a difference in the lives of both children and volunteers, we're offering personalized rewards for all donations over £10!
However, UoS students have the biggest reward possible: keep an eye out in The Week for any volunteering opportunities coming up with Branch Up or any of our other programmes or events.
Find us here
Want to be kept up to date? All donations will be reported on our Facebook Page, as well as all progress with Branch Up in general. We'll also post weekly updates in Southampton Hub's newsletter The Week (Click here! to subscribe) Southampton Hub also has a Twitter account so please feel free to subscribe, like and follow all of our social media accounts so you can keep up to date!
Got something to say? We're always happy to hear from our supporters! New ideas and feedback are a pleasure to receive, so please send on any thoughts you might have.
Help us succeed!
Like the project? Want to see Branch Up succeed and grow? Traditional philanthropy isn't the only way.
Here are some other things you can do to help us out:
Share this page on Facebook, Tweet it, in fact any social media coverage is fantastic news for us. What did we do before the internet, eh?
Struggling to think of what to get Grandma for her birthday? Donations are good presents, and if its for £10 or more, we'll even send her a card.
Do you know people who would feel for this cause? Drop them an email, phone call or text and let them know about us.
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With the crowdfunding now over and SUCCESSFUL, thank you to everyone here who donated and supported us. Very literally we wouldn't have been able to do it without you.
Looking forward to running some exciting activity days next term.
If you want to receive our post-activity day newsletter please get in touch with Branchup@southamptonhub.org
Thank you all so much again!
The Branch Up Team x
You may have already heard, but there's BIG news!!
We reached our minimum, which means Branch Up will be receiving all the donations meaning we can run three more exciting activity days!!
But can we reach our target to make those days bigger and better? There's two days left, let's see what we can do together!
Interested in making regular donations to Branch Up? Please don't hesitate to get in touch with our coordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org
Our First Activity Day to Marwell Zoo
by Simran Dhanjal
On Saturday 14th March 2015, Branch Up went on its first activity day! Our intrepid volunteers met at Highfield Campus, whilst our excited children met at Wordsworth Primary School and formed a small walking bus with a few of our volunteers including Simran and Sabina. We all met on the Avenue, where our coach picked us up and off we went to Marwell Zoo.
We had a lovely group of five children and six volunteers. Each child was paired with a student volunteer, who would be their partner for the day. On the bus journey to the zoo, each pair took the time to get to know each other, and there were many rounds of eye-spy.
We arrived at Marwell Zoo at 11.30am, and following a swift exit from the bus, we made it into the park! Each of the pairs partnered up with another pair and set off on some free-time before lunch. Every child was given a map, and had to navigate themselves and their partner around the zoo. This meant that everyone got to see their favourite animals straight away, and allowed everyone to get acquainted with the layout of the park - something that would be very important for the afternoon activity.
We met at Cafe Graze at 12.30pm for a minipicnic of sandwiches, fruit and crisps. In this time all sat together and had a chat about all the things we had seen so far. The groups had seen everything from meerkats to wallabies!
After lunch, before our big activity, we found some open space and played a few games. We played a few games of Splat, before moving on to games suggested by the group. This lead to an excellent few rounds of Wink Murder being led by Crystal. After this we set up our afternoon activity - a scavenger hunt around the zoo. Each pair had a list of questions to answer and things to do and find, which they could only answer by going around the zoo. As soon as this was said everybody was off for over an hour and a half!
We met up back by the penguins, and started to talk about some of the cool things we had seen during the hunt. When we got back on the bus, and went through all the answers. Everyone had found different answers and got to see some really cool animals.
From our feedback, it seems that everyone
had an excellent time. 5/5 kids said that the
day was ‘brilliant’, and that they wanted to
attend another one. They also gave us lots of
ideas like the cinema, Legoland, and baking!
This was amazing to hear, and we can’t wait
to see everyone again, hopefully with some
new faces too!
If you'd like to receive our full newsletter, complete with more pictures, please email BranchUp@Southamptonhub.org
Thanks to everyone who has donated to Branch Up so far!
We're currently at £388, £112 off our minimum with FIVE days to go!
If you'd like to help out by sharing our campaign with your friends, family, pet dog, next door neighbour, boss... other acquaintances, we'd really appreciate it!
In other (very very exciting) news, guess what? Branch Up held its first ever activity day!
On Saturday, five children, six volunteers and the Branch Up team all headed to Marwell Zoo for a scavenger hunt and most importantly to see the penguins!
It was a roaring success. Sim (our fantastic kids officer) is currently writing up our post-day newsletter and it will be appear here soon.
For now, please enjoy this picture of the Branch Up team being very big kids, taking our Scavenger Hunt selfie!
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