Copies of the popular ‘Being a Good Neighbour’ guide will be issued by the Student Community Partnership to over 11,000 students returning to study in the Bath & North East Somerset Council area for September 2011.
Councillor Will Sandry, Chair of the Student Community Partnership, said, “The Good Neighbour Guide has been written by the Partnership with help and advice from existing students and members of the community.
“Community tensions can occur when waste and recycling is left out on the wrong day or in gardens, and if a household has lots of parties late in to the night – so there’s sensible, practical advice on those issues. For many of the students this is the first time they will be living independently, so the guide includes advice on home security and energy saving; as well as ways to check their home has had the right gas and electrical checks and is fit for habitation.
“I am particularly pleased by this year’s new initiative by the Partnership which involves the Students' Unions calling on student households in Oldfield Park to promote the Guide.”
The guide gives practical advice on making the right impression with neighbours, such as introducing themselves to neighbours, considering noise levels, hints and tips about waste collections, safety information, how to get involved in the local community by volunteering.
Naomi Mackrill, Vice-President for Community & Diversity for University of Bath Students’ Union, “Information about waste and recycling, giving due consideration about noise levels, and getting involved in the local community are the sections we really want students to look closely at this year. I hope when students receive the guide by email they will spend a few minutes of their time to read it.”
Bath Spa University Union President Richard Bidgood, said, “For many students, this will be their first time living away from home and campus. The guide gives all sorts of hints and tips they may never have thought of and ways in which students can play a positive role in the community, like through volunteering.”
The Community Liaison Co-ordinator of the Partnership, Student Sabbatical Officers from both Students’ Unions and the Council have been out and about door knocking on some key roads in Oldfield Park speaking to new student residents. They have been knocking on doors, speaking with new student residents to welcome them to the local community, promote the messages in the Being a Good Neighbour and encourage them to meet their new neighbours.
To view the Being a Good Neighbour booklet, please visit the 'Living in Bath' page of this website.