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Charity consultancy opportunity

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Before you apply

The programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, across all disciplines.

There are a few things you need to know before you apply:

  • There are 25 places on the scheme - it is competitive! So take time on your application, and prepare for your selection workshop.

  • We'll endeavour to match you with an organisation that you're interested in, but also a brief that fits with your skillset.

  • The programme is a commitment of 3-5 hours a week. Before you apply, consider whether you are able to commit the amount of time needed for both you and the charities taking part, to get the most out of the Social Innovation Programme.

  • You will need to be able to attend training sessions, the launch event and the showcase event to participate in the SIP.

Key Dates:

Dates are TBC for teaching block 2.

How to apply

  • You will need to complete and submit an online application form.

  • If your application is successful you will be invited to a selection workshop. You will be asked to complete a team challenge through which we will assess a variety of skills including: communication, problem solving, teamwork, open-mindedness and creativity.

  • You don't need any specific experience to take part in the SIP - just an interest in the social impact sector and an eagerness to learn more about consulting and make a change in the community!

Have any questions about the application process or need reasonable adjustments made? Please contact We are inclusive and encouraging of all University of Bristol students who want to volunteer, and welcome BME, LGBT+ and Disabled applicants.

Examples of previous challenges:

  • Bristol Refugee Rights challenged students to research the need in Bristol for a 'Move On' project to support refugees to integrate and thrive.

  • Bristol Hospitality Network challenged students to explore, present and propose the possibilities for setting up a social enterprise which would use the cooking skills of its clients to provide some form of paid culinary or catering service.

  • North Bristol Foodbank challenged students to create a presentation and activity resources to take into schools in order to raise the profile of the North Bristol Foodbank as a service that either their families can access and/or a cause the pupils and their families can donate to.

Our Impact in 2018/19

In 2017/18 25 students and 5 organisations took part in the Social Innovation Programme.

What students say......

“The content of the activity was meaningful, and we had support from the mentor, which was really helpful. Team members supported each other, shared ideas and thoughts and the result of our report is useful for the organisation - that's fab!” - SIP student participant” 2018-19 participant

What organisations say.......

*"It's so useful to have volunteers from outside our organisation to provide a fresh, creative set of solutions. The students came up with some unexpected ideas, and really got involved in the brief I gave them. We have already started to rethink our marketing strategy based on their suggestions.” - 2018-2019 Partner Organisation

If you would like to apply, visit this link 

Applications close 12th January 2020 

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Required Role

Charity consultancy opportunity

Key responsibilities

You will develop key professional skills, such as teamwork, project management and client management. You'll get an insight into the working world, both through working with Burges Salmon and your community partner. You will challenge yourself by trying something new and working with a new group of people. You will learn more about the social impact sector and the skills needed to pursue a career in it. You will meet students from different years and different disciplines. You will make an impact on a social impact organisation, the people they work with and the community.

Desirable Skills

  • Positive attitude

Skill to gain

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership and Management
  • Practical
  • Presentation
  • Problem solving
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Reviewing and evaluation
  • Team Work
  • Networking

When can you do this role/Calendar

Date: 12-01-2020


Bristol, UK

To one-click apply for this opportunity you need to have completed the following:

  • You need to have an active account on this website
  • You need to have an active volunteering account
  • You need to have fully completed the volunteering profile set-up