Skills Bridge is an online portal which aims to make it easier for organisations and groups across Bristol to connect with both Universities in Bristol on Student-Community Engagement projects. This includes businesses, social enterprises, schools and colleges, local authorities, charities and community groups. Our aim through this platform is to provide examples of the types of work that Students and Communities undertake together and to make it more straightforward for you to reach the teams involved, either to start up new projects or join existing ones.
Whether you need a team of volunteers to help clear up a potential green spot, or research to inform a fundraising strategy, we have access to over 50,000 students across a wide range of courses, and can help match requirements to students skills and passions. Our focus is on projects and initiatives that help to make Bristol a fairer, happier and more sustainable city. Whilst there is no charge for this service to organisations, we stress that our emphasis is on two way mutually-beneficial exchange. Depending on the nature of the project we expect our partners to support students whilst they are working with you. This may include working collaboratively to develop and refine a brief, providing access to key people in your organisation, supporting them with any questions or concerns with constructive mentoring and feedback.
Skills Bridge is delivered in partnership with the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, their associated Student Unions and the Bristol Green Capital. Our vision in 2015 is to generate an additional 100,000 hours of volunteering and community-based learning, representing an economic impact of over 1,000,000. Through the project we hope to demonstrate the capacity for higher education students to play a transformative role in local organisations and vice versa.