Student Action

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

Women’s Projects

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

Homeless Projects

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.
We have outreach projects which are aimed at befriending and supporting rough sleepers in the city centre. We also hold projects in temporary shelters where volunteers collaborate to cook and share meals with occupants. We also run a project called Once a Month that aims to tackle period poverty by giving out sanitary products to homeless women.
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Accessibility Projects

We run a few weekly projects which work with people who have learning disabilities. Our committed volunteers organise regular activities for members including crafts, film evenings, discos and trips to the zoo, bowling and crazy golf! The projects are lots of fun for those who attend and are also important for carers; giving them the chance to take a break.

Intergenerational Projects

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 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!

Childrens Projects

Our volunteers plan and deliver fun recreational sessions for local young people and children. We run weekly activities projects in local temporary accommodation where volunteers can share their knowledge and skills with children living there. We also hold a one off volunteering opportunity where volunteers arrange activities and trips to give local children and unforgettable Easter holiday.

Environmental Projects

Do more for the environment and get involved with our projects! Bikos Bike’s is our student-led bike workshop where we refurbish and rent out bikes to students. Come visit us in our workshop in the basement of the SU or keep up to date with our work here.

Incredible Edible is a community gardening project that is truly incredible! We aim to transform disused land into useful areas that our local community can be proud of. Find out more here. The Closet is our student-led fashion project. We hold pop-up shops selling vintage and second hand clothing alongside swap-shops promoting sustainable fashion with all profits going to Manchester Mind. Find out more here.

Educational Projects

Currently we have one educational project: the Refugee and Asylum Seekers Conversation Club. Volunteers meet to plan and deliver a weekly Conversation Club which helps to support local refugees and asylum seekers improve their English skills as well as socialising together. This service is really valued by local learners as they often have no other outlet to practice their skills. We are currently expanding the Refugee and Asylum Seekers Conversation Club, so look out for more information on new conversation club projects!

Got ideas for other projects in this area?

Set up your own project! If you have ideas for a community project of your own that you would like to set up get in touch! Student Action and the SU Volunteering team can help fund and support your ideas, get in touch with us to find out more: or

The committee

Our committee are elected to support projects leaders and represent their needs at the Union. Elections for next year’s committee (2019-2020) will take place in March, so look out for updates!

Current Committee 2018-2019:

  • Secretary and Communications: Maria Terracciano
  • Training co-ordinator: Gaby Hartfield
  • Women’s projects coordinator: Sylvie Pope
  • Accessibility Projects Coordinator: Harry Barnes
  • Homeless Projects Coordinators: India Burgess and Gaby Hartfield
  • Intergenerational projects co-ordinator: Alessandro Caruso
  • Treasurer: Sonia Mansouri
  • Environmental projects co-ordinator: Jenny Jackson
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