Over £500,000 raised for British Heart Foundation since 2012

The Student Community Partnership is proud to announce that since the Pack for Good campaign with the British Heart Foundation launched in 2012, over £500,000 has been raised! Pack for Good is a joint initiative across the city during the student move-out period and it supports the life-saving research of the British Heart Foundation.

Student Group Raises £300 for Local Charity

Through its Community Fund, the SCP was proud to support the Bath Minervas community film screening of The Ladybird in support of VOICES in Bath. As a student leadership and volunteering group based at the University of Bath Students’ Union, Bath Minervas focuses on empowering women through collaboration and service. The group applied to the Community Fund in order to raise awareness and funding for the VOICES charity in Bath. VOICES was founded by women who have experienced domestic abuse and provides a safe and welcoming space in the community for people who have experienced domestic abuse to discuss their needs and find support to recover.

After a successful screening of the film, Marianne Fanous, chair of Bath Minervas, said, ‘We raised over £300!! It’s so good to come together to raise awareness of those affected by domestic abuse and the help that is out there. We would also like to thank the Student Community Partnership for their sponsorship in this event, the support from the Student Union at the University of Bath and the The Little Theatre Cinema for hosting the event.’

The SCP Community Fund of £1,000 per academic year can be applied to in amounts of up to £250 for a community event or initiative. The aim of the fund is to enable students in Bath to design and develop projects in the community that will enhance and promote positive relationships between the student population and the permanent residents of Bath. If you have a community project which needs funding and would like to apply, please contact community-liaison@bath.ac.uk.


Safe Night Out in Bath

The ‘Bringing in the Bystander’ training was organised by the Student Community Partnership (SCP) and provided to staff at Komedia, Second Bridge and Moles nightspots. The University of Bath’s Students’ Union’s Plug and Tub bar and nightclub staff, who already receive this training, are also a key part of this pilot.

The bystander intervention workshop taught the clubs’ staff to identify inappropriate behaviour, how to safely intervene, when it occurs and how to handle disclosures.

The training for the clubs has been developed as part of the wider #NeverOK campaign, run jointly by the University of Bath and its Students’ Union. The SCP is a partnership between the Universities of Bath and Bath Spa, their student unions, Bath College and Bath & North East Somerset Council. It exists to promote harmonious relationships between students, residents and the wider community of Bath.

NeverOK educates students and staff about unacceptable behaviours, empowers students to speak out when they see inappropriate behaviour and encourages students to speak to support services if they witness or experience harassment or assault.

Alisha Lobo, University of Bath Students’ Union Community Officer, said: “The bystander training approach used in the #NeverOK campaign recognises the communal responsibility that we have in addressing the issue of sexual violence in our society. The training works to encourage individuals to be prosocial bystanders; playing an active role in altering the course of events they witness for the better.

“The responsibility to prevent sexual violence does not lie with one individual or group but requires a cultural shift from us all. This move to expand the #NeverOK campaign into Bath night clubs is a move in the right direction and clear demonstration of collaborative work in our shared community between the locals and University to ensure the safety for all.”

Enya-Jayne Battersby, Bath Spa Students’ Union VP Community, added: “The SCP has formed really good relationships with the three partner clubs who took part in the bystander training, and we’re thankful to them for their enthusiasm and engagement with the campaign. We all want to enable our students to enjoy good, safe nights out, and look forward to continuing to raise awareness of the #NeverOk campaign in our community.”

Student Community Partnership Co-Ordinator, Kalyn Mallard, commented: “The SCP wants everyone in Bath to have a safe night out. The joint-working between all involved in these initiatives exemplifies its importance and we hope to see it expand across the city.”

EAUC Green Gown Award Finalist

The Student Community Partnership is proud to announce that it is a finalist for the EAUC Green Gown Awards. The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges invite institutions from all over the country to submit an application for a campaign or project which has impacted the environment in a positive way. This year, the SCP submitted their ‘Our Shared City Student Move-Out Campaign’ in the Student Engagement category. Pete Phelps, Chair of the SCP Green Group commented, ‘Our application focused on the partnership working between Bath Spa University, the University of Bath, their Students’ Unions and Bath and North East Somerset Council during the student move-out period. It also emphasised the tremendous amount raised for the British Heart Foundation over the past three years. We are thrilled to be a finalist.’ The awards will take place in York on 8th November 2018.

Pultney Bridge

River Safety: A National Initiative

Cath Brown, the Chair of the SCP River Safety Forum, represented Bath at a conference to discuss river safety initiatives across the UK. Here’s her brief summary of the valuable discussions shared:

Bath is not alone as a city where fatalities have tragically occurred through young people falling into the river. Durham and York have experienced similar incidents in recent years. These cities share more similarities; they all have historical areas with a large number of licensed premises closely located to fast flowing rivers. They also have large university communities. It would seem to make sense then for all of these cities to share their experiences, learnings and ideas. So that’s what we did earlier this year.

Representatives from local authorities, the emergency services and universities met up in Durham for a one day conference on river safety. I travelled to Durham by train and as we pulled into the main station I was struck by the similarities to Bath; here was a beautifully, historic small city surrounded by a river with riverside pathways and lots of shops, pubs and clubs.

The following day I met colleagues from Durham City Council and York City Council and as we feedback to the delegates, it felt like we could have done a single presentation that would have represented all of our experiences. A repeating theme was that all of the fatal incidents had taken place at night and mainly involved young people who had been enjoying a night out in the city. We all discussed the positive measures that had taken place in light of the tragedies- the physical measures which had included additional fencing and extra life saving equipment and then the educational work to raise awareness and change behaviour. Other colleagues were particularly interested in our unique river rescue cabinets and how they prevented vandalism of life saving equipment. In the afternoon we took a walk along the river in Durham and I got a real sense of the challenge to both protect the public but also make the river accessible and a pleasant open space. For example, the Council had installed new signage to highlight the safer paths which would be floodlit at night so that the public could make the right choices when walking home.

As I ran for my train home at the end of a very productive day, I felt reassured that all of the cities were working towards the same aim and that we in Bath are part of a bigger, national community who are trying to help the public understand the risks of living near to a river.

Oldfield Park

Move-Out Support for Students

During the student move-out period, the Student Community Partnership, a partnership between The University of Bath, Bath Spa University, their SU’s and Bath and North East Somerset Council, will provide support for students by offering EXTRA RUBBISH COLLECTIONS for certain streets in Bath. These collections will begin on 8th June 2018 until 30th June 2018.

During this period students are advised to place their wheelie bin or reusable rubbish sack out for collection as normal, on your usual collection day, and any excess bags neatly beside them. Students are also encouraged to recycle as much as possible and to think ahead while preparing to move-out. When moving out day comes, if you any waste left to dispose of, please bag up neatly and leave these bags in a visible location in your front garden or the front of the property if you do not have a garden.

The streets which will receive extra collections will be:

Arlington Road, Ayr Street

Beckhampton Road, Belvedere, Belvoir Road, Brook Road, Brougham Hayes, Burlington Street

Caledonian Road, Calton Walk, Canterbury Road, Crandale Road, Crescent Gardens, Cynthia Road

Dartmouth Avenue, Denmark Road, Dorset Close, Dorset Street

Faulkland Road

Herbert Road, Highland Terrace, Holloway

King Edward Road , King Georges Road

Landseer Road, Lime Grove, Livingstone Road, Lorne Road, Lyndhurst Road

Maybrick Road, Mayfield Mews, Mayfield Road, Melcombe Road, Millmead Road, Moorland Road

Park Street

Ringwood Road

Second Avenue, Shaftesbury Mews, Shaftesbury Road, South Avenue, South View Road, St Kilda’s Road, Stanley Road West, Stuart Place, Sydenham Buildings

The Triangle, Third Avenue, Triangle East, Triangle North, Triangle West

Vernon Park, Victoria Road, Victoria Terrace

Wells Road, West Avenue

These additional collections have been provided through funding from The University of Bath and Bath Spa University. The Student Community Partnership is happy to offer any further advice to students during the move-out period. Please contact community-liaison@bath.ac.uk or visit www.scp.org.uk for more information.

Pack for Good – Telling the Community

We are delighted to share that we have completed 3 days of door knocking so far in Oldfield Park for the Pack for Good campaign. With the help of volunteers from both Bath Spa University and the University of Bath,  students residents and permanent residents living in Oldfield Park have been informed about Pack for Good and how to get involved.

We have been encouraging students to donate their unwanted items when they are moving out by simply putting them in a bag and dropping it off at a Pack for Good bank convenient to them. There are seven Pack for Good banks in Oldfield Park, making it easy for everyone to get involved. Click here to find out the closest donation bank to you.

The Pack for Good campaign was a huge success last year, raising £150,000 from the items donated. Please get involved by donating your unwanted items to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and their research.


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Group of partners supporting the Pack for Good campaign

Pack for Good Campaign Launches

The Student Community Partnership is proud to help co-ordinate the student move-out campaign Pack for Good, supporting the British Heart Foundation. There will be temporary red donation banks across Bath and all residents, especially students, are encouraged to donate any suitable, unwanted items. Last year, the campaign raised over £150,000 for the British Heart Foundation and we are anticipating another successful year! Donation bank locations:

  • Brook Road- BA2 3RD
  • West Avenue- BA2 3QE
  • Victoria Road- BA2 3QY
  • Oldfield Lane- BA2 3NZ
  • Canterbury Road- BA2 3LG
  • Twerton High Street- BA2 1BY
  • Dartmouth Avenue- BA2 1AS
  • Julian Road, in front of Lampard Buildings- BA1 2RW

Thank you to all the partners: Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bath Spa University and the University of Bath.

Great British Spring Clean 2018

With the support of over 60 volunteers, the Great British Spring Clean on 17th March 2018 was a tremendous success! The event took place between Oldfield Park and Twerton and was sponsored by the Student Community Partnership, Westmoreland Litter Pickers and McDonald’s in Twerton. It was a snowy start, but the volunteers were enthusiastic.

Jemima Jones, a final year student at the University of Bath, said “Despite the snowy weather the community came together to make a difference in the streets in Oldfield Park. The amount of rubbish we collected between all of us was astonishing. Count me in for the next litter pick!”

The SCP would especially like to thank McDonald’s for providing refreshments and Bath and North East Somerset Council for providing the equipment. Let’s continue to help keep Bath tidy!