Active in the community


Getting active at university can have a really positive impact on your mental and physical health, and be a great way to expand your horizons and meet new and interesting people during your time at Oxford.

Volunteering can also be a rewarding and enjoyable way to give a little back to the local community, while broadening your own skills and experience.

Oxford Hub is a local charity that offers practical volunteering, skilled placements, and runs events to motivate young people through sports and games. They are encouraging University of Oxford students to get involved, and make a difference by volunteering to inspire young people in the local community about the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Ellie Clarke-Jacques, Programmes Officer at Oxford Hub, gives us an insight into a typical week at the Oxford Hub, and what you can expect if you decide to help out and get involved in this great initiative.

“We’ve been feeling very autumnal and active this week at the Oxford Hub!

“On our Branch Up Active activity day the young people and volunteers all headed to Rose Hill Community Centre for a morning of fun-filled activities. The activity days we run at the Oxford Hub aim to get young people excited about getting active.

“The first activity we did was the ‘Autumn Activity’. The students and young people got into their pairs to discuss autumn and what it means to them. We then went out and found lots of autumnal objects and created some great artwork.

“We were then lucky enough to learn some basketball skills from one of the University students who is part of the basketball society. We practiced different ways of passing the ball, dribbling and put this into some fun games! Everyone was encouraging each other and cheering one another on.

“After learning some new skills we had a nice walk in the sun to Littlemore’s Parkour venue. Here we were taught an introduction to Parkour by some professionals. None of us had taken part in Parkour before so it was new to all of us.

“The day ended successfully around 5pm when the young people were dropped off at their houses. We got positive feedback from the young people all stating that they had tried something new at the session.

“We run nine activity days per year and some of the other activities that we have run have included trampolining, archery, bushcraft, and rock-climbing. We’ve also learned cricket skills and enjoyed a sports day at Rose Hill Community Centre!

“If you think this is something you want to get involved in to motivate young people through sports and fun games, empowering them to become more active and get active yourself, here is how to apply and get stuck in! – or email 

This post is part of our Active at Oxford campaign, to encourage more students to enjoy the benefits of sports and physical activity. See here for more information.


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