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SHOCC began life as a registered charity (1120787) in 2007 focussing on projects in its local area and overseas. Since then it has raised nearly £600,000 for 20 projects. It has also provided advice for university staff and students wanting to work overseas. It has recently started a volunteering scheme, with the financial support of the UK Catenians, that enables an undergraduate to work for a short period at one of its school projects in Tanzania.

The aims of the charity are to continue the work started by a small group of university staff in 1971 to tackle disadvantage and inequality and to help others help themselves. Its primary focus is on the advancement of education.

SHOCC Trustees Annual Reports