Skip to main content

04 March 2021

King's partners with environmental charity Hubbub to train future local changemakers

Hubbub lead online communications workshops for King’s Civic Challenge teams


King’s is proud to be working with environmental charity Hubbub, who delivered communications training to the 21 teams of students, staff and alumni taking part in this year’s King’s Civic Challenge.

Hubbub is a collaborative national charity specialising in campaigning and sustainability, based alongside King’s in Somerset House. Hubbub took part in the first King’s Civic Challenge last year as a community partner, working with King’s students, staff and alumni to propose a micro farm in the local area to provide free, fresh, healthy and sustainable food while having a positive impact on the environment.

For 2020/21, they shared their experience of community-led campaigning on social and environmental issues by delivering peer learning workshops pro bono to Civic Challenge teams.

Communications and stakeholder management are a huge part of our day to day at Hubbub, so we are thrilled to be able to share some of our tips and experience with this group of brilliant local initiatives. Having taken part last year, I knew first hand that supporting this year’s King’s Civic Challenge would be a really worthwhile collaboration. We’re looking forward to seeing which projects make it through to the final round!

Aoife Allen, Head of Food, Hubbub

Through workshops on communications and stakeholder engagement, Civic Challenge teams learned about different communications channels and platforms, practised identifying audiences and their needs, and crafted targeted messaging.

This is one of a series of development opportunities that support Civic Challenge teams as they work together on ideas to tackle challenges like social isolation, the digital divide, poor mental health and food insecurity in King’s home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster.

A later session on monitoring and evaluation will be led by research consultancy Rocket Science, who will also support winning teams to plan effective evaluations of their project and are conducting an independent evaluation of the Challenge.

King’s Civic Challenge is one way King’s is working in partnership to serve, support and sustain the city in which we make our home, as part of our ambition to be a civic university at the heart of London.

Reflecting our deep partnerships, Lambeth Council, Southwark Council, Westminster City Council and the Greater London Authority will again contribute to the judging process to determine this year’s nine winning teams, each of which will win funding and support to make their ideas a reality.

It has been wonderful to see King’s relationship with Hubbub develop through King’s Civic Challenge, from taking part themselves in the inaugural Challenge to training this year’s teams. We know that by working in partnership we can better serve our local communities and so I’m grateful to Hubbub and all our partners who share with our staff, students and alumni a passion to create positive change in our neighbouring boroughs and across London.

Baroness Deborah Bull, Vice President & Vice Principal (London)

Related departments