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.


Want to know more about Pack for Good?

Click here to find out more about the campaign or head over to our twitter to keep up to date with our progress.

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!

British Heart Foundation 'Pack for Good' Poster

Pack for Good 2018

In support of the British Heart Foundation, the Student Community Partnership, Bath Spa University and the University of Bath are teaming up to promote the Pack for Good campaign from April to July. In 2017, the campaign raised over £150,000 for the charity with over 10,000 bags being donated across Bath. The temporary banks will arrive this April and we hope this will help students prepare for moving-out of their accommodation by offering an alternative to throwing away unwanted items and supporting a worthy cause.  More information about the campaign and its benefits will be coming soon!

Eve Alcock holding award

‘Student in the City’ Award

The Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Cherry Beath, was pleased to present her ‘Student in the City’ Award on 7th March 2018 at the Living Together Conference. The award was presented to the student who has given an outstanding contribution to the community of Bath.

After receiving numerous highly impressive applications, the award was presented to Eve Alcock. Eve is a final year Psychology student at the University of Bath. As the chair of Raise and Give Committee, Eve encouraged the volunteers to support four local charities in Bath through the 2017-18 academic year with a wide-spread impact for these organisations. Her impact has been far reaching in Bath and this award was certainly well deserved.

A student sat with a neighbour as part of the Good Neighbour Campaign

The SCP visit over 1000 properties as part of their Good Neighbour campaign

The Student Community Partnership (SCP) launched their Good Neighbour Campaign in October and so far have visited over 1000 properties. The SCP is a partnership between B&NES Council, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and their Students’ Unions. It exists to promote harmonious relationships with student residents, permanent residents and the wider community of Bath.

The aim of the Good Neighbour Campaign is to offer neighbourly advice and encourage both student and permanent residents to introduce themselves to one another. Student residents were given tips for living in Bath, such as using public transport when possible and getting involved in the community through volunteering and other opportunities.

Harry Wain, Green Champions said “I was amazed by the enthusiasm of the team and the overwhelmingly positive reception from residents. I thoroughly enjoyed it and think it is a great idea for student integration”.

In addition to neighbourly advice, through the SCP students from both Bath Spa University and the University of Bath have door-knocked alongside B&NES Waste Services to offer information regarding waste, recycling and bin collection days as part of the campaign.

Also, as part of the campaign, the SCP hosted Neighbourhood Nachos in Oldfield Park as a welcome event and invited both student and permanent residents to come and eat nachos together. MusicSoc members performed and it proved to be a positive beginning to the year.

Kalyn Mallard, Community Liaison Co-ordinator, SCP highlighted that “Having the opportunity to speak with both student and permanent residents throughout the Good Neighbour Campaign has not only been an encouragement, but has also highlighted the importance for neighbours to meet and get to know one another. As we all live in a shared community, it is the hope of the SCP that we can indeed foster positive relationships between everyone living in Bath. Also, we cannot thank our wonderful volunteers enough for their help with the campaign!”