February 2014 Your monthly update on what your Community team have been up to!
National Voter Registration Day - On Wednesday 5th February we took part in the first ever national voter registration day, along with hundreds of educational institutions across the UK and in partnership with NUS Connect and Bite the Ballot. The aim of this was to get 250,000 young people registered to vote, and to buck the trend of young people not voting! If you haven’t registered yet there are registration forms available at helpdesk, and online. For more information go to www.bitetheballot.co.uk/nvrd
Councillor and MP Question Time– On Wednesday 12th February we held a councillor question time as part of our work towards Better Leeds. Neil Walshaw, Lucinda Yeadon and Jonathon Bentley came for a councillor question time and Hillary Benn came in for an MP question time on Friday 14th. This gave students the opportunity to hold their representatives to account, remember you can always get in touch with Frankie F.O’Byrne@leeds.ac.uk if you’ve got an issue you want to raise or fix where you live. Keep your eyes open for more MP question times in the near future!!
Coppicing - Georgie (Halls volunteering co-ordinator) went with 13 LUU students in conjunction with local charities Hyde Park Source and Leeds Coppice Workers on Saturday 15th February to help improve local Leeds woodland. Through the ancient technique of woodland management, Coppicing, students helped to improve biodiversity in the woods and increase the level of local timber which consequently boosts the number of local jobs. A great day was had by all and the rain stayed away!! If you want to get in contact with Georgie about upcoming events please email firstname.lastname@example.org
HiT Find a Flatmate - HIT Society and Leeds University Union have been collaborating to help students meet prospective housemates for next year! We ran a mixer event on 25th February, and will hopefully be running a few more events in March—check HiT:LUU out on facebook to find out about future events
Coming Up In March!
Charity Swop Shop 5/6/7th March 12-3pm - come along to the Love Leeds Charity shop and refresh your wardrobe at this months swop shops. There will be plenty of choice and it’s a great way to get some new clothes and update your look without breaking the bank! We will also be having an Upcycle workshop on 5th March 5-6pm in the charity shop —check out the facebook page for the most up-to-date information FB:LoveLeedsCharityShop.
Green Exchange Launch!!! Friday 21st March - We have been awarded over 250,000 of funding from NUS to run sustainability initiatives across the city over the next two years and the Leeds Green Exchange aims to do that by normalising sustainable behaviors in a variety of exciting and innovative ways. We will be hosting a lunchtime event on the 21st of March from 12 to 2pm in Mine with activities running throughout the Union all day. We will be presenting our work so far, sharing your ideas, launching our website and showcasing some of our fantastic student lead projects. We will also be offering a chance to see our new office space, providing entertainment, and, most importantly, delicious local food. It is free to attend, please register via this eventbrite or email A.M.Vickerstaff@leeds.ac.uk
Healthy Week - As part of Healthy Week 2014 Wellbeing Reps in Halls will be working on campaigns to promote looking after your sexual, mental and physical health. Healthy Week, which will be running from 24th-28th March, is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of looking after yourself while you are studying. Keep your eyes peeled for events running in a Hall near you!
Leadership Race Question Time 5th March - Come along to the foyer all day and ask the people who’re running to represent you within the union any questions you have about their manifestos and plans. This is your chance to quiz those who have decided to run to represent you with any pressing issues you have and see whether you think they’re worth your vote. If you can’t make it on the day follow @leadluu online. Read their manifestos here.
Community Tip of the month:
Does your landlord deserve a Leeds Landlord Award?
If your landlord has gone the extra mile this year, nominate them online now for Leeds’ only student-led Landlord Awards. All you need to do is visit www.leedslandlordawards.com to find out more and nominate your landlord or hall by 5pm on 17th March 2014. If you nominate your landlord you will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 vouchers.
If you have any questions about anything mentioned here or would like to find out more go to www.luu.org.uk/community or pop into the opportunities office on level 2 of the union!