SASH would like to assess the feasibility of setting up a formal society within the university to tackle these issues, or if another avenue would be more appropriate.
SASH is a youth homelessness charity that works across York, North, and East Yorkshire, helping young people aged between 16 and 25. Accommodation is offered via volunteer hosts who provide a spare room in their own home. Their services are as much about supporting young people to resolve the problems which have led them to becoming homeless as they are about putting a roof over their head. Part of this support is delivered through the SASH Active programme, which aims to combat isolation, low self-esteem, poor educational attainment, and mental health concerns by providing access to activities that would otherwise be unavailable to vulnerable young people.
SASH was first founded as York Nightstop in 1994, changing its name in 2009. In 2017-18 they helped 335 young people avoided homelessness and arranged a total of 1,457 safe nights for emergency stays. SASH is run by a core team of paid staff, supported by hosts and volunteers.
SASH currently works with the University of York in a limited capacity, largely through Vanbrugh College, leading to continuity issues of fundraising and support. SASH would like to assess the feasibility of setting up a formal society within the university to tackle these issues, or if another avenue would be more appropriate. They would also like to investigate what students would like to have access to from SASH, in terms of formal training and support.
1. Investigate the feasibility of a SASH society
- Research current relationships within the University of York
- Determine the uptake from within Vanbrugh College
- Investigate additional engagement from individual students
- Explore new areas from which SASH could receive assistance or support
- Determine a potential society structure
- Understand how YUSU requires societies to be set up and run
- Assess whether a SASH society would successfully and comfortable meet YUSU criteria
- Explore alternative formats supported by the University and/or YUSU
2. Determine what SASH provision should be offered to students
- Analyse current levels of satisfaction with SASH provision
- Determine what students would like to see provided
- Investigate specific student groups with interests in working with SASH
- Tailor suggestions of provisions based on a variety of interests from students
- Explore possibilities of formalised opportunities for work experience
- Explore the level to which SASH should manage the society
- Determine what resources would be required at different stages
- Explore in what ways beyond training SASH would support the society eg. marketing
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Consultant (no previous experience required):
- attend weekly training sessions and a weekly team meeting
- attending mentor calls
- execute assigned tasks (research, survey creating, data analysis etc.)
- helping the Project Manager to set the direction of the project
- committing to personal development
- main deliverables: Statement of Work, Final Presentation
Project Manager (no previous experience required):
- taking on the responsibility of leading the project team
- delegating tasks and helping out with any necessary tasks
- organising meetings and keeping track of project deadlines
- leading the creation and delivery of deliverables (Statement of Work, Final Presentation)
- organising (with the help of the External Relations Officer) and attending mentor calls
- looking after Consultant personal development
- attending meetings with their Strategy Partner(s)
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