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Good Neighbour Campaign – Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University partners with University of Bath and Bath and North East Somerset Council to launch Good Neighbour Campaign

Friday, 6 October, 2017

Students and staff from Bath Spa University and the University of Bath will join forces this month as part of the Good Neighbour Campaign.

The Student Community Partnership (SCP) has launched this year's Good Neighbour Campaign offering neighbourly advice and encouraging both students and local residents to introduce themselves to their neighbours.

The SCP is a partnership between Bath Spa University and the University of Bath, their Students' Unions and the Bath and North East Somerset Council. It exists to promote harmonious relationships between student residents, permanent residents and the wider community of Bath.

The campaign, which launched today, will see students and staff from Bath's two universities and members of the Bath and North East Somerset Council Waste Services Team take part in a day of door knocking on over 1,500 properties. The door knocking project aims to establish neighbourly relations and provide information to new residents regarding waste, recycling and bin collection days.

Students from Bath Spa University and the University of Bath will also be given advice for living in Bath, such as utilising public transport where possible and getting involved in the community through volunteering and other opportunities.

Last year, the SCP was shortlisted for a National Recycling Award having donated more than 6,000 bags of unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation. £1000,000 was raised to support the important work that the British Heart Foundation does.

Kalyn Mallard, Community Liaison Co-ordinator of the SCP, said: "Students in Bath are an integral part of the local community, from taking on part-time jobs to volunteering for many of the local charities. It is important that both students and local residents establish and maintain good neighbourly relationships.

"The Good Neighbour Campaign plays an important role in ensuring students' and local residents' concerns are raised and addressed, provides student residents with practical information to help them settle in and outlines what is considered neighbourly behaviour. We look forward to meeting different members of the community during our door knocking day and hearing how the SCP can help to further strengthen town and gown relations."

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