Past project examples

Information about previous student consultancy projects from the Community Action and Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) scheme.

Here are some examples of the client organisations and projects involved in our scheme in recent years.

The Brigstowe Project

The Brigstowe Project is a non-profit organisation based in Bristol, that provides support to those living with and affected by HIV.

Since 1995, they have offered many services including advice and support through dedicated contact persons at the Easton Community Centre.

After evaluating their fundraising activities, our students discovered an opportunity to upscale them, while introducing new and innovative technologies to maximise their operational effectiveness; allowing them to branch out into new areas.

Oodles app launch

Social entrepreneur Matthew Pullinger approached CAKE for help with an existing project to develop a unique and innovative mobile application to manage charity credits for micro-donation fundraising. The focus of the new app, called Oodles, is to encourage young people to spread the word for their favourite charities, unlock achievement and be proud to make a difference. CAKE student consultancy team “Envision” worked closely alongside the Oodles developers on the project and were highly praised for their dedication and effectiveness.

Ambition Lawrence Weston

Ambition Lawrence Weston a resident-led regeneration venture, involved a student team in enhancing its online presence to appeal better to its target audience through a revamped website with social media integration.

Thornbury in Bloom

Thornbury in Bloom wanted to engage a wider section of its community by getting young people involved in civic pride, and making the town look beautiful. The student team developed a content-managed website and extended the group’s social media presence. This project attracted generous media attention from the Bristol Post, Thornbury Gazette and others. Thornbury Gazette praised this collaboration between community groups and UWE Bristol and said “More community groups should take up the idea to combine age and experience with youth and innovation for the benefit of all” (Thornbury Gazette, page 27, Gazette Comment, 19 June 2014). View the press release.

Phoenix Social Enterprise

Winner, Business West community benefit prize 2012/13.

Phoenix Social Enterprise needed an overhaul and update of three legacy websites. An integrated one-stop sitewith an online booking system was created, accompanied by associated business analysis and planning.

Park Centre

Park Centre had recently become independent from Bristol City Council and needed attention to its own IT infrastructure. The student team carried out business strategy work and produced a portfolio of deliverables concerning shared Microsoft Office resources, health checks, IT management, and others.

1625 Independent People

Winner, Business West community benefit prize 2011/12.

1625 Independent People is a leading housing, support and advice service for young people. They turned to a student team for advice on a website revamp to better attract their young clientele. Fresh designs were provided following in-depth analysis of needs, audience and competitors. Strategies and tactics for enhanced use of social media including Facebook were also developed, along with training and documented recommendations.


Circomedia is a circus and theatre training and events organisation based in Bristol. They requested a student team in order to enhance their marketing through increased use of social and multi media. The team held focus groups with customers, helped formulate a social media strategy and improved the use of images and video on Circomedia’s website.

Young and Free

Young and Free is a 'buddying' and befriending service to help young disabled adults to socialise with peers though a range of social activities. The student team developed a website that reflects the 'personality' of the organisation using a popular content management system which also allows the uploading of photographs. The website was been launched and training, user documentation and forward planning work was also delivered.

Viva and the VVF

Viva and the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation campaign for a vegetarian world "to end animal suffering, improve your health, protect the environment and bring fairness to the world’s poor”. It has a range of websites, and needed to revamp the vegetarian recipe club site. The student team prepared an easy-to-use and attractive replacement site using new content management software.

St Werburghs Community Centre

St Werburghs Community Centre is a well-known multi-purpose community centre near central Bristol. Their website required some modernisation to reflect major changes associated with its recent building refurbishment. The student team carried out a design 'make-over' and also migrated the content of the site into a content management based system, so that the web pages could be maintained more easily. Training and a range of other activities also took place.