Giving Back to the Community

Litter pick

 We are committed to contributing to our local community. Some of the ways we have helped out have included:

Partnership working & engagement 

The community wellbeing team work to promote positive and harmonious relationships between student and non-student residents and are committed to close partnership work with Runnymede Borough Council, Surrey Police, Safer Runnymede and the Students' Union RHUL to achieve this.

The Royal Holloway and Runnymede Consultative Group  was set up in 2006 to help demonstrate how we seek to continually maintain a good working relationship between the College and local community and to keep ourselves and the local community up to date with any new initiatives that may impact on them.  The meetings have been very productive, allowing us to air a number of issues to the advantage of both the College and its students and the local community.  

Ranked amongst top 20 safest universities

Royal Holloway is ranked in 18th place, for having one of the lowest levels of crime during the year May 2012 - April 2013.  Runnymede Borough Commander, Inspector Roger Nield said "It is great to see the hard work and dedication of all involved in making Royal Holloway University one of the safest universities in the country being recognised in this way at a national level."

Love Your Neighbour Community Tea Party

The Students' Union invite local residents to a 'CommuniTea' party each year.  At the latest event in November 2013 children were able to have their face painted, enjoy the bouncy castle and do some colouring in while parents relaxed with a cup of tea and a cupcake.  Insanity Radio broadcast through the afternoon and everyone enjoyed performances from Absolute Harmony and the Royal Holloway Gospel Choir amongst others.  The winner of the schools postcard competition was also announced.  

Community Hub launch - British Legion Building

The Community Action team supported the launch of the new community hub in the Forest estate in Englefield Green in October 2012.  The hub at the British Legion Building launched new services in 2012 as part of the BLB 60th anniversary celebrations.  The student volunteers will also be involved in the regular activities that happen at the venue such as the Youth Cafe.

Insanity Radio workshops

A series of workshops at Insanity Radio 103.2FM, where the team handed over the desk to a new generation of DJs and radio producers. Members from Staines Nacro Centre - a crime reduction charity that works with ex-offenders, disadvantaged people and deprived communities - were invited into the studio to learn how to produce a radio show.

Annual Big Spring Clean

The annual Big Spring Clean, which involves students going out into the local community, doing their bit to spruce up the neighbourhood. Student clubs and societies play a key part in this. Last year, the Women's Football team got stuck into tidying up the gardens and planting saplings at St Cuthbert's Primary School and the Biological Sciences society cleaned up the basketball pitch at Egham Youth Centre.  

Egham Youth Drop in 

We contributed money to the Egham Youth Drop in to enable them to purchase much needed resources such as ingredients for cooking, and materials for craft and sports activities.

Litter Pick

Staff and students participated in the Forest Estate litter pick in February 2012, helping to collect lots of rubbish from the estate and enjoying a BBQ with residents once the hard work had been completed! 

Olympic Sports Day

As part of our celebration of the campus as an Olympic Village, volunteers arranged mini-Olympic sports day for local schools including St Jude's Junior, St Cuthbert's and Manorcroft Primary.

Corby Drive Youth Club

We donated money to the Corby Drive Youth Club by helping them to buy sports equipment including a parachute for team building exercises and to replace equipment damaged by a roof leak.


Old School Sports Day

We welcomed local residents to our Old School Sports Day where they could try out the inflatable bungee run, design Olympic bunting which was displayed around campus, use pedal power on the smoothie bike to create their own smoothie, jump on one the 'crazy bikes' and hear from alumna Sophie Christiansen, a star of the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics. 

Love your neighbour (beth & katie)


Royal Holloway Community Action currently has over 2000 registered volunteers, and more than 170 community partners.  The Community Action team are here to help facilitate an active volunteering culture through the College into the local community.

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