Bristol Big Give Success!

Each year, thousands of students move out of their accommodation. The Bristol Big Give is a collaborative campaign between the University of Bristol (UoB), the University of Bristol Students’ Union, the University of the West of England (UWE), University of the West of England Students’ Union, and Bristol Waste Company which aims to promote reuse and prevent landfilling during move out periods.

The 2018/2019 Bristol Big Give Campaign saw an amazing 24,561 bags of donations collected from both UWE and UoB student halls as well as 19 public donation points placed throughout the city. These donations have raised up to £344,000 for the British Heart Foundation, our main charity partner, and have prevented 196 tonnes of reusable items from being landfilled. This money is enough to fund 13,760 hours of live-saving research! Moreover, 8 boxes of donated kitchenware were also given to our new charity partner Playbus to help set up new children’s cookery classes in Bristol.   

This year’s campaign also saw food donation points placed in UoB halls of residences to collect any unopened food as students clear out their kitchens. Sustainability, alongside the University of Bristol Foodbank Society, collected over 2000 items of food across the Christmas and summer Bristol Big Give campaigns which were then donated to the North Bristol Foodbank run by our charity partner the Trussell Trust. These food donations will help meet the need of the increasing number of people in the UK needing emergency food parcels - between April 2018 and March 2019 the Trussell Trust saw a 19% increase in demand from the previous year providing a record 1.6 million food supplies.   

The campaign was supported by the employment of two student interns who spearheaded the student engagement and communications for the BBG partnership. The interns ran pop-up stalls at the Stoke Bishop residences, Tyndall Avenue, Beacon House and the Wills Memorial building in the run up to peak student summer move out dates engaging 400 students, staff members and the public. The stalls were run with the help of student volunteers who provided information regarding the campaign, asked fellow students to pledge donations and generated support via social media.  

As in previous years, student staff working with the University of Bristol and UWE carried out extensive door-knocking in student-populated areas. These student-staff members delivered information about the campaign directly to students in a high impact face-to-face manner. This year, sustainability are looking to further embed the Bristol Big Give in UoB’s partnership properties and students living in private properties.

A full report on the Bristol Big Give 2018-2019 (PDF, 793kB) is available here. 



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