DMU launches Good Neighbours programme in halls of residence


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Student volunteers are being sought to be Good Neighbours to safely offer support to others living in halls of residence during the pandemic.

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Whether it’s practical help such as shopping, ensuring students are aware of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s support services or just being a listening ear, the Good Neighbours programme aims to create a new peer support community.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s public engagement team, DMU Local, is co-ordinating the new project which will involve teams across the university such as welfare, student support, finance and more.

Safety is paramount and the focus of the student role will be on sharing information about what help is available at DMU for their peers, so they are aware of where they can get help if they need it.

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Fi Donovan, Head of Public Engagement, said: “During these unprecedented times we want to make sure that students are going to be well supported in the event of a potential isolation of shared living spaces.

“We very much hope this will not be the case but in the spirit of thinking ahead we are looking for students living in large shared accommodation who would like to support this initiative by volunteering as DMU Good Neighbours.

“The DMU Good Neighbour volunteers will be supported by DMU Local and other student support services at DMU to self-organise a community of support within their living spaces.”

They will receive full training from DMU Local and work with students who may be in need of extra support and information.

To register email local@dmu.ac.uk or you can sign up to be a Good Neighbours programme volunteer on MyGateway.

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Posted on Wednesday 14th October 2020

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