In my last blog, I asked for good stories to be sent in. I love this one from Southampton.
During the week 21-27th of September, Central Baptist Church, Southampton in partnership with a number of local businesses, the Council and Solent University, is actively welcoming back the returning 98% student population of the Polygon.
For the first time, the church is knocking on the doors that surround their building and offering each student home a welcome bag.
Within it is:
- a small jar of tea,
- a small jar of coffee,
- a packet of biscuits,
- a pen,
- a notepad,
- a key fob,
- some candles (always short power failures in winter)some sweets,
- some information about the church and its activities within the community, and
- a collection of leaflets (Bin & recycling info from the council, the Solent student living guide) and money off vouchers (CO-OP, Rymans, OXFAM bookshop) to help the students settle in.
The church recognizes that this may not be world changing, but are hoping that it will be life changing a first step in making friends rather than remaining strangers.
One of the issues of living in the student village that is the Polygon, is the sheer turnover of people who live here for only 10 months a year. The students have little time to build relationships beyond their peer group, so the church is hoping this will break down a few barriers and begin to create a wider sense of community.
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