Our Community Ambassadors are a team of students who work alongside our Community Liaison Offer to offer peer to peer support to other students living in the community. Here, some of our ambassadors give an insight into the work they do.
We promote the Love Where You Live campaign by door knocking on student properties, welcoming them to the community and supporting positive engagement between students and local residents. Door knocking is a fantastic means of promoting University initiatives and is a great way to build good relationships with your community.
Beth, Community Ambassador
The Chandos Street Fair was really good fun and useful for meeting lots of different people and sharing what we are doing with the Love Where You Live campaign. I got to meet two of the local councillors and lots of the local residents who were interested in ways to improve their relationships with their local students and also to share concerns and positive stories. From a student perspective it was great to get involved in and learn a bit more about the ways the Bristol community comes together!
Poppy, Community Ambassador
The Clifton Down Community Association held a welcome event at the Alma Tavern in Clifton where we promoted the key messages of the Love Where You Live (LWYL) campaign. The event was attended by the police, the council, Bristol Waste and members of the local community, including students. We chatted to students about how they were getting on in their new homes and how they were interacting with the local community. We were also asked to speak to the group about our roles as Community Ambassadors and what we aim to achieve through the LWYL campaign, and were able to answer questions and provide contact details for any queries or complaints. It allowed us to develop connections with different groups in the area, as well as progress further with the campaign… all over good food and drink!
Francesca, Community Ambassador
This year, the team of Ambassadors and myself were on hand to facilitate the annual Housing Advice Fair and to help students planning their accommodation for next year to be well prepared for joining a new community. We saw over 1000 students over the course of the day and it was an excellent opportunity to get students thinking about where they will be living and what they need to do to be a good neighbour.
Joni, Community Liaison Officer
We have been visiting University residences to chat with the students about moving into the private sector next year. It's a big step for most students, moving out of halls and into a private tenancy as with the move comes a new level of independence and responsibility. It's really important to know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant with a private landlord and the Move On> Move In campaign has been a great way to help ease the transition from halls to a house. It has been great to hear how excited the students are to move into the residential community of Bristol and it's nice for us as community ambassadors to now that they are well equipped to do so. I wish them all good luck in their new homes!
Ella, Community Ambassador
We’ve been out and about door knocking to promote the Bristol Big Give campaign and to offer guidance on managing move out waste and closing down a tenancy. It was also a good opportunity to see how students were feeling about their exams and revision, and to remind them about the support available at the University.
Sam, Community Ambassador