Your Voice is strong in your local community

Students demonstrating for climate change Improving the experience of students in the community

NUSU Your Voice is involved in many community projects, forums and campaigns. We know the positive impact students have on the city and we are working hard to challenge the negative views towards students that some people still hold.

Students in Newcastle Forum (SINF)

The SINF is chaired by the Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council. Members include representatives from Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Newcastle College, NUSU, Northumbria SU, Northumbria Police, PCC, Nexus Travel, Public Health, Council Licensing and Housing teams.

Members of the Forum identify the needs and issues of students in the city and work together in finding solutions to address the challenges identified.

Meeting once per term the SINF gives staff and students an opportunity to create positive change not only within their own institution but at a local and national level. It is a collaborative and co-operative effort of partnership work that ensures that Newcastle continues to be a top destination for students.

Current issues being tackled include the proposed HMO licensing changes, voter registration, alcohol and drug awareness, getting the best deals for student transport and student safety.

Four subgroups meet outside of the main meeting to work on specific projects and campaigns and there are NUSU representatives on all of the subgroups.                                                                                              

  • Housing.
  • Crime and Antisocial behaviour
  • Communications
  • Health and Wellbeing

ASB/Jesmond Working Group

The ASB (Anti-Social Behaviour) working group was set up in response to an increase in ASB in Jesmond. The group includes representatives from Newcastle University, NUSU, Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police, working together to promote the value of students in the city and to tackle ASB issues.

Projects and campaigns include:

Community cohesion benefits all residents living in any city and the group believes that their approach to solving issues has been met with support from permanent residents and students alike. Newcastle is an amazing city to live, study and work in and the ASB/Jesmond Working Group are working towards keeping it so.

NUSU Community Reps

The aim of the Community Rep is to represent students in their area through local residence meetings, talking to students about their opinions on community issues and representing them to the local council and University. They work alongside the City Council and residents to enrich the local community and student involvement in it. They have strong links with local Councillors putting them in the best position to run campaigns that are relevant to residents within their ward, including students.

Areas covered

  • Jesmond
  • West Jesmond
  • Heaton
  • City Centre
  • Sandyford 
  • Spital Tongues and West

Community Reps meet regularly at the Community Exec to feedback and plan their agreed campaigns.  Many of the campaigns involve working with external charities and agencies including:

Community litter pick events

The community litter picks continue to highlight the best of students and strong links have been created with local resident groups to encourage and support student/resident events and projects. RAG (Raising and Giving) Society are also involved as continued supporters of litter picks and community events with approx. 150 students helping out at the annual RAG Jesmond Community Day in January.  Sports teams regularly volunteer alongside residents and staff members.

Campaigning for a better community

Students can also campaign on issues by applying through the Campaigns Fund. This year, so far, we have supported the following community campaigns.

  • Newcastle Fossil Free

Fossil Free Newcastle wants Newcastle University to drop all its investments in fossil fuels, or "fully divest", by 2021. Divestment is the opposite of investment – it is the removal of investment capital from stocks, bonds or funds. The global movement for fossil fuel divestment asks socially influential institutions to move their money out of fossil fuel companies for environmental, moral and financial reasons, and invest in ethical and sustainable alternatives, such as renewable energy. Find out how the campaign is going here.

  • Helping our Homeless

Helping our Homeless is a student lead society dedicated to giving back to people experiencing homelessness in Newcastle. The Shoe Box appeal at Christmas time was supported by Community Reps and NUSU Your Voice. You can read more about the campaign here.

The annual Go Green week returned with a focus on environmental justice. Events included documentary screening and discussion, keynote speakers and Strike for Climate when students joined the international movement of young people demanding climate justice. A perfect way to end the week! 

Further Community Involvement

Link to Don’t forget that Go Volunteer have a wide range of community projects you can get involved in and you can find out more here

To get involved in campaigning please contact: cdc.union@ncl.ac.uk

 

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