A concerted effort is underway to ensure students don’t leave a mess behind them when they move away after completeing their degree courses.
Volunteers are joining the Community Wardens in Bath to offer the student community practical help and advice as they leave the area for pastures new.
The Student Community Partnership has organised student volunteers to knock on doors in Oldfield Park and Westmoreland, as part of the Moving Out Campaign running from June 1 to June 11.
The campaign supports students with tips on what they need to consider at the end of a tenancy, how to recycle and dispose of items they no longer need and help resolve any issues they may have had. The volunteers are also meeting residents to let them know more about the work of the Community Wardens and how they support the local community.
Volunteers have also been supporting future students arriving in the Autumn by asking current students to share useful tips on living in Bath that would help people who are new to the area.
The Moving Out Campaign comes during Volunteers Week, an event that takes place from June 1 to June 7 every year to recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you to them.
The ‘Our Shared City’ Student Community Partnership is a joint venture between the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Bath College , their Students’ Unions, Norland College and Bath & North East Somerset Council.
Councillor Kevin Guy, council Leader, joined the volunteers yesterday (June 2) with Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, Communities & Culture.
Councillor Kevin Guy said: “It’s been fantastic to have had the chance to meet some of Bath’s outgoing students and hear about their experiences of our city. Thank you to all the volunteers supporting the Moving Out Campaign. Disposing of recycling and waste correctly and leaving a rented property can be confusing to navigate, so I’m pleased the campaign is helping to take the stress out of this for our students.”
Councillor Dine Romero said: “It was great to speak with students and volunteers yesterday. The volunteers are doing an amazing job helping students make a smooth transition as they move away from Bath. Volunteers Week 2021 is a chance to thank and acknowledge the wonderful support communities in Bath and North East Somerset enjoy, thanks to many people who dedicate their time to help others. I am proud of our volunteers and they should be proud of themselves too. A big ‘well done’ to you all.”
Ghika Savva, Community Liaison Co-ordinator at the Student Community Partnership, said: “We have been delighted by the support of student volunteers for our campaign to make Moving Out of Bath an easier process. The residents we meet are grateful for what the SCP and the Community Wardens are doing to improve the area. The students have responded really well to the Moving Out Campaign and are keen to do their bit for Our Shared City.”
Every year the Moving Out Campaign teams with the British Heart Foundation to promote their Pack for Good campaign, where students can donate unwanted goods at the end of each academic year. Find more information and local collection points here