The Student Union Rolls out Three Successful Awareness Campaigns

18th October 2018

The month of October was a busy one across the UK when it came to raising awareness of a variety of topics, ranging from mental health and breast cancer to black history.

Our Student Union decided to take the lead on college awareness raising activities this year, by combining their skills, course knowledge and enthusiasm to roll out three separate campaigns!

First up was the Mental Health Awareness Campaign. The Union began by selecting a charity, Young Minds UK, to benefit from its fundraising efforts. Team members then encouraged those students who have experienced mental health issues, or know someone who has, to pin a yellow ribbon to a branded pop up stand in reception. Not only was this a great display of solidarity but it also helped spread the message that those who are suffering are not alone and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Thanks to their creative idea and marketing efforts their board was flooded with ribbons and almost £100 was raised for Young Minds UK. In addition, daily top tips on managing your mental health were shared with students via the college social media channels. We hope that they helped those who have not yet spoken out or asked for help.

Next up was the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. The team’s chosen charity was the Wessex Breast Cancer Haven, which offers practical, emotional, and physical support to those undergoing treatment. Members of the Union, and kind helpers, were out in force with collection boxes to raise money for this worthy charity and to get fellow students to ‘think pink’. Our Student Union Spokesperson, Patrick Sear, even dyed his hair pink to help raise funds (and we’re not talking a subtle pastel pink either!). Instagram followers went wild for his new look. Patrick set himself a fundraising target of £1,000 and has reached over half way already. Just click here to help him reach his ultimate goal!

We ended the term with an amazing celebration of Black History Month where students recognised the achievements of some incredible black individuals who have inspired generations. The highlight was an event, hosted by the Student Union, which explored the best of black history and culture in the form of traditional food, music, clothing and talks. The Union even secured a special guest, Lou Taylor (Black History Month Co-ordinator for Southampton) who talked about black culture.

We asked members of the Student Union what they enjoyed and what they learnt about taking the lead on these campaigns. Here’s what they had to say…

Patrick Sear, says, “I’ve really enjoyed raising awareness of subjects that may not get as much attention on a day-to-day basis. I hope that our mental health awareness campaign has helped those who are struggling to realise they are not alone. Celebrating Black History Month was particularly interesting to me as I learnt so much more about the culture and the many inspiring people who have created so much positive change in society.”

Joe Kitts, says, “I am really proud that the whole college came together to learn about such a variety of topics and that people were open to understanding the experiences of those dealing with different issues. My favourite part was collecting donations as it showed how compassionate the students are.”

Liz Lee, Head of College, says, “I’m immensely proud of our Student Union who has demonstrated excellent team working skills in promoting such a wealth of issues over the last few weeks. It’s great to see our young people so willing to give their time to organise events and activities alongside their studies”.

We can’t wait to see what exciting and creative ideas and events the Student Union has in store for us next term. Watch this space…