The amazing students of Newcastle University are of course more than willing to help others during this difficult time. We are probably all struggling to get to grips with our ‘new normal’ and with the abrupt end to the academic year as we know it, the kindness of others means more than you know. Ranging from helping students in quarantine to receive the essentials they need to get by to the hundreds of medical students volunteering to support the NHS, the students of Newcastle University are an inspiration to us all.
There are too many to mention but we will try to give an overview of the incredibly selfless students who are helping here in Newcastle and from a distance.
*Some of the volunteering has been suspended due to the newest restrictions to movement.
This Facebook group is for all students to use. To share thoughts and ideas whilst understanding remote learning, social distancing and self-isolation it will give signposting information, wellness advice, local volunteering opportunities as well as being a vital communication link for students.
Student Societies are a massive part of the Uni experience and some of the NUSU societies have been volunteering to support local charities as well as running their own collections of much needed food items to donate to others.
- Newcastle University RAG (Raising and Giving) Society continued in their community ‘give back’ by volunteering with Fair Share Newcastle, helping to sort through and deliver food parcels. These essential food parcels included food for school students who receive free meals.
- 20 minute Society are sharing 20 minute self-isolating activities to help mental wellness for those struggling with being alone.
- Newcastle University Mechanical Engineering Society organised a collection of unwanted food being left by students who were returning to their home towns or countries. The food was donated to local food banks who are desperately trying to support less advantaged people in the city. A donation point will be available throughout the period. The society are also taking part in Viral Kindness, offering help to neighbours in the way of shopping for essentials and making phone calls to help with loneliness.
But it is also the kindness of individuals that will help students and the wider community get through difficulties.
Many students have been actively involved in helping local charities have untaken food shopping for other students who are not able to leave the house and are using the time to write blogs and create vlogs in order to try and gain some perspective on things.
We a proud to be part of this amazing community!