Students Love Bath

Reaching Out to Help Others During Lockdown

Alice Denman, a 1st year Psychology student at the University of Bath, shares her befriending story as a volunteer with 3SG.

“As many have found, living in lockdown is extremely different from normality. Personally, I struggled with the transition between constantly seeing friends, to seeing absolutely none. Once leaving University and returning home, I was so pleased to be with my family, but I did miss the social life I had at Bath. Lockdown made the days tedious, which I mainly filled with binge-watching Netflix… Although, having so much spare time led me to compare my circumstances to others. Of course, I missed my friends and Bath, but I questioned how different I would feel without my family during this crisis.

As a result of this reflection, I was keen to involve myself in supporting an individual who was isolated during this crisis.  I frequently fundraise and volunteer in my free time, so I began searching for opportunities and learnt about the befriending scheme from 3SG through the Students’ Union website.

I am going to refer to the individual I was paired with as “Jenny”. At the beginning of the lockdown, Jenny was not prepared to talk with me. Entering lockdown was tough for everyone but she was particularly struggling. I kept attempting to contact her and after our first call, we frequently spoke throughout lockdown. Jenny went from reluctantly speaking to me to “looking forward to our calls, as they always made her feel happy”; so much so, she began to call me herself for a chat. Not only did our calls make Jenny feel happier, but our chats always made my day too. Every call was comprised of endless topics, where there was never a dull moment speaking about the adventures she had in her life and how pleased she was to be laughing about them again. Hearing about Jenny’s experiences has encouraged me to reflect her ways and make the most of every moment. The optimism she possesses despite the current struggles she is facing is something I admire greatly.

I am so glad I volunteered as a befriender during this crisis and I believe it is so important to put aside some time for others who may need a friendly voice. I will be keeping in contact with Jenny as I would love to hear how she is getting on seeing her family, friends and pet tortoise again! The friendship the experience has developed is something I am so grateful for. I hope other students are inspired to use their free time in a way which benefits others after lockdown ends. If you are willing to listen and are aiming to make a positive impact in someone’s life then I would go for it.”

3SG provides support for local charities across Bath and North East Somerset. Since the start of lockdown, they have been working on numerous initiatives to try and reach vulnerable people and provide support with food, medicine, housing, mental health and money matters.

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Jemima

I love living in Bath because even though it can be a quaint little city at times, it is still so vibrant and has such a buzz to it. The Bath community is wonderful; everyone is so friendly and willing to help.

As a student it’s great, perfect location from the bigger cities like Bristol and London and the transport around the city is great. Plus you can just walk if you want!

Bath has some great venues for going out, the local club Komedia always has something for everyone. There are also so many great restaurants and brunch places for me to go with my friends.

Also I love the annual events, like the Bath Half or the Abbey Christmas Carols. They are such amazing community events that everyone gets behind. I always try to get involved in as many as I can, as I love meeting the Bath locals.

Bath will definitely always have a place in my heart, and even though I came here for university, I still see it as my home.

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Olivia

I love Bath because it’s such an amazing city. It’s full of life and there is such a nice community feel. I live in Widcombe and I love the little high street with all the shops and coffee places, makes it feel like home. It’s also the perfect location to walk to campus, so saving me money and it’s better for the environment! 

I am a runner and Bath has the most lovely running routes, my favourite it along the canal. There are also lots of running events like the Bath Half and the ParkRuns that I like to participate in. 

Overall, Bath has been the most brilliant place to go to university in – so much that I have applied for a Masters, so I can stay another year! 

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Lewis

Hi, I’m Lewis and I study Geography and Business Management at Bath Spa University.

The reason I love Bath, as a geography student, Somerset has a beautiful landscape and appreciation for nature, which makes it great for a geography student to study in. We have loads of places to study; we have Bristol harbour side, the culture of Bath and the Somerset hilly landscape.

I am also on the rugby team for Bath Spa. Rugby is such a big sport in Bath so is definitely one of the attractions for me. Also, the university campus is really good, its beautiful and a great place to work.

Bath city in general is great, its not too big but also big enough so you can get your independence. It can sometimes be expensive, but it’s worth it for living in such a nice city.

That’s why I love Bath!

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Hanna

Hanna here! I am studying at the University of Bath.

I am the President of Enactus Bath, where we grow young entrepreneurs to establish social enterprises to enhance skills of our members and improve livelihoods of beneficiaries, such as people with autism.

The place where I get the most inspiration for my studies and my creative hobbies is Bathwick hill, mostly because of the breath-taking sunsets.

Bath has changed me as a person. I have learnt about diversity. I have learnt about empathy and work that makes you feel accomplished.

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Eve

I’m Eve and I’m a final year Psychology student at the University of Bath. I worked for BANES Council last year on placement at the Youth Offending Service.

This year I am chair of Bath Raise and Give the fundraising society. During my time at university I have organised events that have raised over £20,000 for charities local to Bath.

I enjoy attending church regularly at Bath and Avon Vineyard and run a small group with other young people.

If I’m not in the Students’ Union, I’m probably in one of Bath’s many coffee shops drinking lattes and blogging.