Save energy and reduce your carbon footprint!

Big Energy Saving Week runs from the 18th to 24th of January. It is a very important national campaign which helps people reduce their carbon footprint, as a result of using less resources.

Take a look at our 5 tips below and see how you can save energy in 2021!

1. Close the hatches

It’s the coldest time of the year! Ensure you keep doors closed in and around your accommodation and you won’t need to bump the heating up as high, or as often.

2. Disconnect those devices

We get it – after hours of coursework, the first thing you probably want to do it set aside your tech and grab a bite to eat! However, leaving your laptop plugged in for long periods of time will not only damage your battery due to overheating, but it also means you are using un-necessarily high amounts of electricity for no reason!

3. Cut the lights

As soon as you leave your room, en-suite, communal area or kitchen, turn off the lights and reduce your carbon footprint at the flick of a switch!

4. Set a timer when cooking

If you’re going to cook up a storm in the kitchen, it’s important to set a timer and regularly check on your food! When using an oven or microwave, this helps avoid the over-usage of energy, and of course, burning your meal!

5. Take devices off standby

There are many ways you may be wasting energy in your room without realising it; leaving devices on standby is something that millions of people are culprits of doing on a daily basis. Just imagine the impact we could all make if we took two seconds to do something as simple as un-plug our TV’s!



Tis’ the season to give back! 5 ways you can help someone less fortunate this Christmas

Tis’ the season to give back! 5 ways you can help someone less fortunate this Christmas

Charitable Person

1. Looking for a quirky present for your bestie? Action Aid has you sorted!

From Pigs, to goats to beehives, put a smile on that special someones face with Action Aid’s awesome collection of charity Christmas gifts. There is truly something for everyone! Check it out here.

2. Support One Kind Act’s 2020 Christmas Appeal!

One Kind Act Changes Communities, and the lives of others globally who may have fallen through the net of the larger charities. See how your donation will help someone in need this Christmas:

  • £10 to buy a child a Christmas present
  • £10 to buy & deliver a bag of festive foods to vulnerable families
  • £20 to buy and deliver all the winter necessities to the homeless.

Donate here!

3. Enter into the £4,000 in the ‘Sense’ Christmas raffle!

Raffle tickets cost just £1, and each one you buy could help to ensure that no child who is deafblind or has complex disabilities misses out on experiencing the joy of Christmas.

Yours could be the gift of communication, helping a ‘Sense’ Children and Family Support Worker teach a child who is deafblind their first signs so they can tell their family they love them and even join us in a special sign and sing Christmas carol session.

Your raffle ticket money could also help ‘Sense’ to bring Christmas joy for children who are deafblind through our sensory festive activities. Each child will enjoy the scents, textures, and twinkling lights we all associate with this special time of year.

Enter now!

4. Volunteer with ‘Crisis’ this Christmas

From Newcastle to London, from Edinburgh to Birmingham – there are many locations nationwide that you can help provide vital services to during one of the hardest times of the year.

At Christmas, and throughout the year, ‘Crisis’ helps people directly out of homelessness, and campaigns for the social changes needed to solve it altogether. Their event will look different this year, but they will still be offering connection, care, food, essentials and gifts to their guests through the delivery and remote services offered.

Fancy being a volunteer? Found out how!

5. Support the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal

Many Salvation Army churches and centres across the UK will be running a Christmas Present Appeal, collecting donated presents until mid-December.

You can support your local Christmas Present Appeal by finding your nearest appeal and donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present.

The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to those in need.



What are you thankful for in 2020? 4 positive stories from this year!

2020, where do we begin? It’s be the most surreal year of our lives, and certainly one of the most challenging for students. However, amid the disruption and chaos the pandemic has caused, good news prevails! Here are 4 positive stories to come out of this year.

 

Capt. Tom Moore
The Guardian Newspaper

 

  • Captain Tom Moore raises £32 million for NHS charities

Capt. Tom Moore originally aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. The World War 2 veteran went on to raise a staggering £32 million. He captured the hearts of our nation, so much so that he was even directly addressed by Prime minister, Boris Johnson. “Your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation, you’ve created a channel to enable millions to say a heartfelt thank you to the remarkable men and women in our NHS who have all been doing the most outstanding job.”

 

Marcus Rashford
Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

 

  • Marcus Rashford’s ambassador work for FareShare helps millions

“I’m by no means a politician,” said Marcus Rashford in a British Vogue interview earlier this year, “but I had a voice and a platform that could be used to at least ask the questions.” This year the Manchester United footballer and campaigner emerged as a prominent figure with regards to ending child poverty in the UK, so much so, that his efforts earnt him an MBE.

Rashford’s tireless campaigning towards ensuring all children have access to school meals has brought the best out of thousands of businesses, many of who joined together on social media to offer support after 322 UK politicians voted against Rashford’s request to extend the free school meal vouchers scheme for struggling families until Easter 2021.

In 2019, it was reported that 1.3 million children receive free school meals and it’s estimated 900,000 more have sought a free meal since lockdown, according to BBC News.

 

Karl Heidel – BBC News

 

  • Girl, 11, reaches 7.1m keepy-uppy target for charity

Imogen Papworth-Heidel completed her challenge to reach 7.1 million keepy-uppies, one for every UK key worker, to raise money for a number of charities. She completed a total of 1,123,586 keepy-uppies during an unbroken 195-day run, reaching more than 7,000 a day during lockdown and the summer holidays.

The remaining 5,976,414 were donated by around 2,000 people who took videos of themselves joining in the challenge, and emailed them to Imogen’s parents. Among these people, the England and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.

 

Paris Climate Agreement
(Photo: UN Climate Change/Flickr)

 

  • USA set to re-join Paris Climate Agreement, shortly after withdrawing from it

Newly elected President Joe Biden recently tweeted “Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it.” In response to the USA withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Paris Agreement’s overall goal is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. America’s re-joining, and new outlook towards the agreement, could have a substantially positive effect on the organisations long-term aims.



The BEST ice-breaker tips: Get to know your flatmates!

Meeting new people is a daunting prospect for many students, but rest-assured, everyone is in the same boat! Getting to know the people you’ll be living with is important, especially during times like these. Who knows, your first meeting could be the start of a life-long friendship! Here are three tips to help you break the ice with your new flatmates:⠀

1. Utilise social spaces where safe to do so ⠀

If you are sharing a communal area with the other students in your bubble, join the private residents page of your site and arrange a get-together! Whether you chat over a nice cuppa or make a meal together, this is a great way to break the ice quickly and engage in conversation!⠀

2. Arrange a pub/virtual quiz ⠀

If you don’t feel comfortable socialising in person with your flatmates, platforms like ‘zoom’ make it possible for you to talk to them from the comfort of your own room! A funny quiz or a game of ‘Cards Against Humanity’ is a sure-fire way to get the jokes cracking between you and your new friends!⠀

3. Go on a walk, run or bike-ride⠀

Your flatmates are also new to the area, why not explore together? Naturally a new environment will spark tons of conversation and interesting topics to chat about. Being outdoors amongst nature is also a great way to boost your mood and well-being!



5 tips when moving into your student accommodation

 

 

Many of our students are either currently moving into their new accommodation, or are due to move-in soon! Here are 5 tips to help you get settled in!

 

1. Make a check list!

Whether you’re a minimalist or not, creating a check-list is a simple way to make note of everything you need to bring with you, and will certainly help you keep track of your belongings! Although, don’t be surprised if you leave something important at home – it happens to the best of us!

2. Get to know the area

The first week is always a busy one – there’s moving in, unpacking, food-shopping and cooking to think about! But we also suggest that you do a bit of research about where you are living, and find the location of your nearest supermarket, doctor, dentist and of course, takeaway!

3. Socialise!

Covid restrictions might limit certain activities, but there are endless ways to socialise with the people you live with! You could arrange a virtual pub quiz, a game of cards against humanity, or even a Netflix party – it really doesn’t matter! Having fun and talking to new people is a great way to take your mind off things and get connected!

Getting to know the people you live with over a fun zoom call is the perfect way to socialise in a safe environment.

 

4. Budget!!

Within your first week, we advise creating a budget sheet. From this, you can plan out how much you’ll be spending on things like food and socialising. Whether you plan weekly, monthly or even for the whole year – you’re much less likely to need to ask your friends to buy you a drink when you fully understand your expenses!

Using a simple budget sheet will mean you are able to plan ahead and budget for food, nights-out, clothes and so on.

 

5. Learn to cook

We’re not talking about turning you into the next Gordon Ramsay here, but when you learn how to cook quick, simple and healthy meals, not only will your diet improve, but so will your mental health and wellbeing!