Chester Students’ Union takes great pride in having good relations with the local community in Chester. In 2011, we were awarded the NUS community award following years of community events and bridge building between local residents and students.
We also work alongside other external organisations (community and national) to make sure you get the best and safest experience in Chester, including;
- Cheshire Police – in particular Jack Bostock (Police Community Support Officer)
- Bob Rudd (Garden Quarter Councillor and Deputy Mayor)
- Cheshire West and Chester Council
- R U Sure Sexual Health team
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Health 4 Life
We also work very closely with the National Union of Students (NUS) to deliver campaigns in accordance to matters which are happening on a national scale. For instance, we went to London in 2010 and 2012 to Demonstrate against the rise in fees and cuts to education.
CSU Community Work In Action!
Becky’s Marathon Challenge – 21.04.2013
In October 2012, Chester VP Becky Lees decided to take on the challenge of running the London Marathon, Liverpool Half and Chester Half with the aim of raising £1,500 for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. With the help of CSU, the University and the students who organised fundraising events the Marathon challenge raised over £2,200.
Feel Good, Feel Safe Friday! 01.02.2013
1st February marked the Feel Good Friday by the Samaritans, Chester Students’ Union decided to extend this event to ‘Feel Good, Feel Safe’ with two primary aims. 1. Make people feel happy and 2. Increase awareness of keeping safe. We teamed up with the local Policing team to offer UV marking on all personal possessions, we gave out heaps of freebies and visited properties around StudentVille. Those with windows and doors opened we posted an inflated balloon, those which were safely closed received a deflated balloon. The idea to show how easy it would be for a burglar to get into the property. To make people feel happy, Becky Lees, VP Academic and Welfare ran around in a 6ft Cat costume!
Operation Christmas child is the world’s largest Christmas project, bringing the festive feeling to those children less fortunate around the world. This year, women’s football club captain, Katie Wilkinson and Equestrian club captain, Bethany Louise Jones worked together to co-ordinate the event in which they collected 151 boxes from various sports, societies, students and staff
Green Chester Launch Fest – Sustainable Fashion Show 29.11.2012
Green Chester was launched on November 29th. The Students’ Union compiled a sustainability fashion show with the help of student volunteer, Holly Warren, which showcased designs from Albatross clothing, M&S and students own collaborations which included outfits made form plastic bags, aluminium cans, and old clothes sewn together . The show was supported by Push It dance society who demonstrated their sublime dancing skills to a range of tracks. Thank you to the brand new ‘Green T’ volunteers for their efforts during the event; it was a truly collective effort by all staff and students, working together towards the same green goal.
Over 10,000 students took to the streets of central London on Nov 21sto protest against the rising cost of University and further education which was organised by the NUS. Despite the driving rain and mixed emotions, the march was conducted with professionalism and calmness also shown by the very polite and helpful London Met police. Chester Students’ Union rallied the support of 35 students across Chester and Warrington to demonstrate peacefully, but purposefully.
The University of Chester has seen a rise in applications and expansion in the past few years, furthermore Chester is one of the leading institutions for teaching excellence and employability in the North West, however, we recognise how Government policy will affect not only the students at the University but the surrounding area. The abolishment of EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) is going to deter 16 to 19-year-olds from lower income backgrounds staying at school or progressing into further or higher education. Many postgraduate students across the country are now not able to afford to undertake further study and research. These barriers to education are restricting access to a pivotal sector of society which should be a right not a privilege.
Children In Need
Chester Students’ Union with the help of the Equestrian Ladies raised approximately £4000 on Friday 16th November through cake sales, bucket collections and leg waxing in CH1. CSU Warrington had a week of activities including; a 24hr football match, 24hr radio show, halls games and even the BBC were there to capture the highlights. Well done to everybody who took part in the activities including the 12hr rowathon or donated. A fantastic charity day for CSU, the University and Children In Need.
Community Clean Up – 10.11.2012
On November 10th 2012, Over 90 student volunteers along with the organisers; Katie Badman (President) and Becky Lees (VP, Chester) came together with the support of Cllr Bob Rudd, PCSO Andy Jones, the Fire Brigade, Volunteer Co-Ordinator Becky Maitland-Titterton and the Bouverie tosupport the Community Clean Up. Each team were allocated a street/road in which they went door-to-door to help educate local residents regarding green practice and the new recycling regime. In addition, the students, armed with bin bags cleared up the Garden Quarter area of loose rubbish and waste which was collected in our HUGE skip!
Veg Out – Throughout the year
Our People and Planet Society have worked very closely with a local farmer to produces vegetable packs to sell to students, staff and local residents at a reduced rate. They have proven very popular and sell out on each occasion. This scheme is to encourage students to eat healthier at a price they can afford and to support our local produce providers. It has also strengthened realationships with a couple of local businesses who now recognise students as a valuable asset to the city.