Posted on 11/10/2010
The new campaign will help residents and students get to know each other better
The Students' Union at Royal Holloway, University of London is rolling out its new community campaign ‘Love Your Neighbour’ to help forge positive relationships between local residents and students.
Both residents and students will receive a pack through their doors in the coming weeks with details of the campaign, a sticker to display in their window to show they love their neighbour and a leaflet with advice for both parties.
Advice for students includes avoiding making any noise late at night, taking the non-res bus home from campus and not to park their car anywhere other than their own street/driveway, as the roads near campus can get very congested.
Residents are being advised not to assume all students are the same. It is only a small minority who cause problems, and the rest are more than likely to respond well to positive treatment, and to remember that many students are living away from home for the first time, and would appreciate a friendly face and a few words of advice.
The SU is also encouraging students to introduce themselves to their neighbours as establishing a good relationship from the start will make a real difference. It hopes to expand the campaign throughout the academic year and to host events for the local community at the Union, and work with Community Action - the College’s Volunteering programme - to set up volunteering groups to help local residents such as elderly or vulnerable neighbours.
Beth Rowley, Vice President of the Student Union for Education and Welfare said: “The Students’ Union is passionate about helping students become responsible and important members of the local community. We believe that students have much to give and, with a little guidance, could be really valuable neighbours. That’s why we came up with the Love Your Neighbour campaign, which aims to help students and local residents form lasting bonds with each other. The campaign is in conjunction with already existing campaign ‘SSHH’ – Silent Students Happy Homes.”