The 2018/19 Story: A Branch Overview

SKIP Newcastle on project

SKIP Newcastle on project

SKIP Newcastle or the ‘Toon’ have recently returned from a successful project in Cambodia. They’ve launched an Emotional Wellbeing Intervention, which has been carefully designed in a working group with branch and national members, reflecting SKIP’s desire to socially address mental health as well as physical!

SKIP Belfast have worked this year to relaunch themselves as a branch on campus and with a lot of new members they have learnt so much about SKIP and what it takes to be a successful branch. They have a lot planned for next year including hopefully returning to their project in Malaysia!

SKIP Southampton on project

SKIP Southampton on project

SKIP Southampton has been very busy transitioning to a different location in Madagascar and had a good time on project. They’ve worked hard to focus on their Research and Development and adjust to meeting the ever-changing needs to their project area. They also deserve a big shout for hosting this year’s Autumn Big Weekend.

SKIP HYMS have been doing a lot of reflecting on interventions and their projects and have come out strong and ready for 2020! The branch has been thinking closely about whether certain interventions are best placed with SKIP as an organisation; for example, they are creatively looking to partner a school in the UK with their Collaborating Organisation in order to provide school uniforms for the beneficiaries!

SKIP Glasgow committee at their Ceilidh fundraiser

SKIP Glasgow committee at their Ceilidh fundraiser

SKIP Glasgow have been amazing both on project and off: they have been putting the ‘fun’ in FUNdraising by hosting a very successful Ceilidh and they have hosted the SKIP Spring Big Weekend. They have also tested a new data collection system on their project in Malawi. This data collection system has also been tested by SKIP UCL and by the National Research and Development Coordinator, so watch this space for its future use!

SKIP Cardiff beneficiaries with their Project Mwezi sanitary pads that they have just learnt how to make

SKIP Cardiff beneficiaries with their Project Mwezi sanitary pads that they have just learnt how to make

SKIP Cardiff have been working hard and have come back from their project in Zambia, where they conducted a Needs Assessment alongside their full project. They have really banded together as a committee with a heavy focus on Research and Development and training, with four members attending this year’s Training New Trainers event!

Part of the SKIP St George’s Committee

Part of the SKIP St George’s Committee

SKIP St Georges have rose from the ashes of obscurity on campus due to the commitment and dedication of their branch committee. The committee have been working hard and have picked India as their project country and will embark on a Collaborating Organisation Selection research trip in 2020!

SKIP Bart’s also run their project in India, but in a different area. This year, they have been searching for a new NGO with which to collaborate. With a new 10 person strong committee elected, we are sure that vision will come to fruition very soon!

SKIP Exeter was excitingly voted in as a new candidate SKIP Branch at this year’s General Assembly. They are finalising their country selection for their project and will hopefully embark on the Collaborating Organisation research stage next year, with their very first project! It’s so inspiring to get interest from new universities and we can’t wait to see what happens here.

SKIP Lancaster have had a ‘ball’ of a time, collaborating with other societies in their university to fundraise for their trip to Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, due to a temporary change in the travel advice within the country, they were not able to send out a project this year. However, SKIP Lancaster are ready to bounce back and we’ll see them there next summer.

SKIP UCL volunteers conducting an interview during their Needs Assessment project

SKIP UCL volunteers conducting an interview during their Needs Assessment project

SKIP UCL, also known as the “2018-19 Branch of the Year” after winning the category in the Blue Boy Awards, sent out a Needs Assessment project this summer to gather more data in their country of choice, Gambia. On top of working hard on project, they have also successfully trialled the ‘Kobo Toolbox’ data collection system that SKIP Glasgow were involved with.