So, you’ve done the initial partying, danced on tables and had insightful conversations at 3am, deciding the future of all that’s wrong with the world. Hopefully you’ve also got to know the city a bit better and now understand why it’s one of the best student cities in the UK.
At Newcastle Council we know how important students are to the city. And it’s not just because of the extra shopping you do. You are a big part of the cities future and we want to make sure you make the most of your time here.
You might think the council is just about emptying bins and telling people that they are being too loud, but they’re also here to support you. To help make sure you have the houses you need, that you know where to go to stay healthy and that you are safe when you are out and at home.
This is why last year they set up the Students in Newcastle Forum. At the forum they work with both Universities and FE colleges, including NSU’s Sabbatical Officers, to know what issues you’re experiencing and what we can do to help.
We also look at how students and Newcastle’s long term residents can work best together. From reminding students about issues that the residents face each year, such as night time noise, to showing residents the community work that students are involved with. In particular though we want to encourage you to get involved in your new neighbourhoods.
There are many things you can do, such as join Northumbria’s award winning Volunteer Northumbria programme, which runs a number of different projects across the city from garden makeovers to summer drama classes for local school children. Volunteering is not just about making your CV stand out; it’s about doing something different and entering fully into the Geordie spirit.
For more information on volunteering visit www.newcastle.gov.uk/volunteer or go to www.mynsu.co.uk