Hello - we’re back again with the Community Warden newsletter!
Things have been quite different for us since Christmas, but don’t worry, we have still been doing everything that we can to support our local community despite the challenges of Lockdown 3.
Even though Selly Oak has been a lot quieter than usual, there have still been quite a lot of students in the community over Christmas and in Lockdown 3. The Community Wardens wanted to make sure that these students didn’t feel forgotten, so we arranged for a delivery of a Christmas gift bag in December. In January, we did another load of deliveries of activity-focused gifts to cheer up the students who were back at University on placements. We’ve really loved seeing the pictures of the macramé plant holders that students made from the gifts we sent them! It is also really great to know that 97% of gift recipients said that the gift improved their lockdown experience.
One of the big projects we’ve been working on is our personal safety campaign. On Monday 22nd March, we were able to bring back the Selly Express, a shuttle bus that runs between campus and Bournbrook to help students get home safely in the dark. You can find out more about this service here. We are also in the planning process for the trial of a similar service running between the Medical School, the Vale, Pritchatts Park and Harborne.
It was also really fantastic to be able to do our first Junkbusters collections as students headed home for the Easter holidays. We spent two afternoons around Bournbrook, managing to collect a total of 315kg of donated items. This amounted to us being able to donate £157.50 to the British Heart Foundation, which is fantastic! We will be running Junkbusters again in the summer, so please keep an eye out if you have any items to donate.
We’ve also been continuing to work with the local police team on issues of anti-social behaviour, and with Councillor Karen McCarthy on waste problems.
It has been disappointing that the Community Wardens haven’t been able to be out and about in the community for the last few months, but we’re very excited to let you know that they will be back after the University Easter holidays. We have lots of interesting activity planned, including bringing back self-defence classes and volunteering opportunities for students and residents alike to get involved with. We look forward to telling you more about all of this in the next few weeks!
Have a wonderful Easter break!
With love from your Community Wardens