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Branch Out

We think it's time to Branch Out. Don't you?

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This project received pledges on Thu 30 Apr 2015


              Welcome to Branch Out!

Why am I raising money?

I'm raising money to make an awesome idea an even better reality! I want to build an online platform which allows people to find and meet new housemates to live with when they move off campus in second year and beyond.
As the president of Halifax college, and being on the committee now for two years, I have seen that there is a genuine need to find people to live with, and that need occurs every year. The website will be tailor made for students at this University, and have phenomenal benefits for undergraduates, postgraduates, as well as international students.

A bit about me...

I'm Christine Saunders, I'm in my second year, and I study law. I'm involved with many activities, societies and sports at uni but the biggest commitment which I have outside of my degree is being the president of Halifax College. This has allowed me an insight into the issues facing students - and this is where I found the need for Branch Out!

So, what's Branch Out?

Branch Out benefits everyone - from groups looking for more people, houses looking to fill a room, and people looking to buddy-up. We resolve many of the stresses, worries and anxieties relating to housing woes before they even happen, and we walk you through the process of finding people, talking to those people, and finally moving in with them! 

Donating to this project will ensure Branch Out is built. The necessary software does not currently exist, and so it needs to be developed specifically for this project. It will benefit all who use it, and once the site is working and being used, we hope the maintenance costs will be covered by onsite advertising, so it will be self-sufficient. This means we purely need the site-build money!

Where will the money go?

Additional Goals:

If the website proves as popular as I hope it will be, we will consider opening it to other universities in the Yorkshire area, and this money will go towards contacting them and promoting Branch Out to them.

What do I get from donating?

We know it takes a lot to go and find your wallet or purse and dish out your hard earned cash, so for that you deserve something better than a thank you:
Have a look on the right of this page for some awesome (and pretty damn unique) rewards, these should go some way to expressing how grateful we are each time someone shows faith in our project.

Follow our progress...

 - Our updates, shout outs, and sneak peaks will all be added to our Facebook Page: Branch Out Uni - so head on over and give us a like!

 - branchoutuni@yahoo.com - this is our dedicated email address where you can get in touch with the team behind Branch Out.

How can I help?                                                                                                                                                                                    

To get our project off the ground we need to create a buzz about it & get people talking. You can help by sharing our message, promoting our pages, and of course, by donating! 

Sharing our message:

If you want to help us with getting the word out, it would be amazing if you could ask others to help our worthy cause! And because we are kindly souls, we have pre-written a spiel for you to send to them:

Hi there friend/mum/dad/sibling/uncle/aunt/neighbour/fairy-god-parent,
        At York where I am studying (incredibly hard/really hard/almost all the time/to an extent - delete as appropriate), I have come across a project which I think could be really beneficial to students here. It is called 'Branch Out', and it will be a website where people can search and find people to live with in the next academic year. 
        There is a pretty strong need for the service such as this one, and feedback has already been incredibly positive. Many people have said how advantageous it would be for postgraduates, undergraduates, and especially international students, because it would be one of the first points of contact with people at their new University.
        Branch Out is currently in the funding stage of the development, and as such I am contacting you to ask if you could donate any amount to see the project really gets going. The project is live on our Universities' Crowd Funding website YuStart: https://yustart.hubbub.net/p/BranchOut
        Thank you so, so much!
Your favourite child/sibling/friend/chosen-one

Promoting our pages:

Also, you can help by simply sharing the project - link the video, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram or Twitter and promote the YuStart page on any (or all) of your online profiles:

Branch Out Video

Branch Out Facebook Page

Branch Out Instagram: 'BranchOutUni'

Branch Out Twitter: @BranchOutUni

YuStart Page


And finally, if you're feeling super duper generous & you fancy one of those shiny rewards on the right, please sponsor us and help make Branch Out a reality!

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Pledge £1 or more

Select this reward if you just want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.

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Pledge £5 or more

For being so kind and showing your support, we will give unto you: 1) A wonderful Branch Out animal postcard with a dedicated message. 2) The chance to have your benevolence known: we will give you an awesome shout out on social media. 3) The ability to go down in history! We will put your name on our website to show appreciation for the original backers.

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Estimated delivery: 1 August 2015

Pledge £15 or more

Thank you for donating! For being an absolute star we will give to you: Everything you would get for £5, PLUS: 1) Pick a name! You can suggest a name for a either an existing Branch Out animal, or choose a name for the group collectively - the suggestions will go into a hat & we will choose one at random! 2) The stuff of legend: I will write you a limerick either based on yourself or a topic of your choice! 3) Read all about it (first)! - We will send you first look updates and info about how we’re doing, what's occurring at camp Branch Out, and what our next steps are.

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Estimated delivery: 1 August 2015

Pledge £25 or more

Good karma is heading your way! And that is also in the form of some lovely rewards...You'll get everything which you would get for £15, PLUS: 1) Show your arty side by suggesting a design or colour for use on our actual website. 2) Be one of the privileged few to participate in a trial run of the website! 3) Better get hunting! - We'll make a unique Easter Egg on the website for you which you'll have a certain amount of time to find!

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Estimated delivery: 1 August 2015

Pledge £50 or more

Woah! This is getting pretty serious now - so in return you shall receive all the hugs & kisses from us at Branch Out & everything you'd get for £25, PLUS: 1) You get to see my dancing (it's pretty unique :p) on a personalised 30 second music video thanking you! 2) It's time to get celebrating with an invitation to Branch Out's launch party! 3) Come & see the sites - Branch Out is all about community & the environment, so as we are based in the beautiful city of York, and as I have an abundance of knowledge about the best coffee shops to go to, we are offering the chance for you to come here, bring a group & have a guided tour of the sites of York/ the University if you fancy! (Sadly transport/accommodation not included)

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Estimated delivery: 1 August 2015

Pledge £100 or more

Wow! We are so genuinely touched that you would donate this amount, it means so much to everyone involved. And as a thank you, you will receive everything which a donation or £50 would, PLUS: 1) I will get creative & draw a unique Branch Out animal which you can then name! 2) Also, I can put my (admittedly limited) infographic skills to the test & make you an infographic video on the topic of your choice! 3) We want to repay your dedication to the project with equal dedication - we will create focus groups concerning the future development of the project which you will be invited to participate in - Branch Out is for the community & so it is yours as much as it is ours!

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Estimated delivery: 1 August 2015

Pledge £250 or more

Bloomin' heck! This is quite a chunk of money! Thank you so much! And we really are incredibly grateful that you believe in this project so much - we will not let you down! To go some way to saying thank you, this donation receives everything a £100 donation receives, PLUS: 1) Spreading the word - I can come and talk about Branch Out whether it be a meet & greet, Q&A, or group chat about the project - there's nothing more I like talking about than Branch Out! 2) Actions are better than words as we all know, so to that effect I will come and get involved in your community! Maybe you need more volunteers at an event? Or you're raising money for charity & you want some extra helpers? Well then I'll gladly come and help you guys out for a day! (Sadly, transport will have to be minimal/extra) 3) Get the VIP treatment, as you are most definitely a VIP to us! This means you will receive a VIP invitation to the launch party which entails a personal thank you, drinks on arrival, access to the VIP area, public awareness of your generosity & more! Once again, we would just like to say thank you for your generosity and support of our project: Branch Out loves you!!

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Estimated delivery: 1 August 2015