Get to know your neighbours in Clarendon Park

Posted by ap507 at Oct 27, 2014 04:37 PM |
Students' Union initiative encourages residents to share a nice cup of tea together
Get to know your neighbours in Clarendon Park

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A new initiative by the Students' Union hopes to bring people together with their neighbours in a friendly new way - by inviting people to have a nice cup of tea together.

The project has two parts:

  1. Introduce yourself to your neighbour with a cuppa - If you’re living in Clarendon Park you will either have one or will be getting your free teabag shortly. The Students' Union is encouraging every resident to go and knock on his or her neighbour’s door and have a free cuppa.
  2. Students will be knocking on every door in Clarendon Park asking residents questions about how happy they are with their neighbours and if there are any issues that can be addressed.

The hope is to create a more neighbourly atmosphere between residents of Clarendon Park and enhance the relationship between permanent residents and students.

Sean Kelly-Walsh, the Students’ Union’s Engagement officer said: “Clarendon Park is a fantastic area to live, for both students and permanent residents. Sometimes there might be tensions between the two communities, but we want to do everything possible to ensure everyone lives happily together. We’re keen to ensure that all residents communicate with one another and that we find out what, if any are the underlying issues so we can do something about it.

"Leicester's Students’ Union has a history of having a good working relationship with the local community, whether this was taking a leading role in the ‘Keep Clarendon Park Independent’ campaign or our societies, like ‘Hope Not Hate’ and ‘Sexpression’ regularly volunteering with the local community.

“This campaign is about acknowledging all of the positives but also looking for the issues that we can improve upon moving forward. There is no ‘students versus permanent residents’ - it is one local community, one Clarendon Park.” 

The project is funded by the City Council’s Community Fund and the Students’ Union.

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