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Over the past few years over 60 projects have been brought to life in the local and university community by talented and passionate students. Here are a few examples.
In 2018/19 Erika Garrett, a second year Operating Department Practice (ODP) student at Swindon Campus, was awarded money through the Student Impact Fund to create a wildlife and wellbeing garden for students, staff and the community to enjoy.
Work on the garden started in March 2019 when Erika organised a garden work party during which she and a group of volunteers created beautiful flower beds, a hedgehog house and a bird box.
Erika said: “I decided, as part of my role as student rep, to build wildlife & wellbeing garden at Swindon Campus. Being a healthcare student is quite stressful and the staff work really hard too, so I thought it would be nice to have an area where we could come to relax and that is also beneficial to the local wildlife.”
Gemma Hartshorn, an Adult Nursing student, was awarded funding in 2018 to create paintings for local healthcare practises in Swindon. Several of her beautiful art works found a happy home in local GP practises; another 3 were installed at Swindon Campus.
Gemma said about her project: “following my first placement as a student nurse I felt strongly that staff rooms in healthcare settings were lacking in terms of their colour and relaxing vibes; I wanted to create pieces of artwork themed in nature that could then be hung in these spots to promote relaxation and well-being for hardworking staff during break times.
The paintings I have done have been well received and much interest has been had.
The project has allowed me to set up a facebook page to show off my art so far, as this project saw the first paintings I had done since I was a child.”
In April 2019, Oxford Brookes student Huw du Boulay organised a special event for World Table Tennis Day that invited players of all abilities and mobilities for a friendly game.
With help from the Student Impact Fund, Cheney School, KEEN Oxford and the Oxford Community Table Tennis Club (OCTTC), the project brought together different parts of the local community for a fun day of table tennis.
Anne Borrowdale, Voluntary Development Officer at OCTTC, said: “I’d talked about inclusive table tennis with KEEN, but this event showed what inclusive actually looks like. Having Huw organise the event so effectively was wonderful. He enabled Oxford Brookes, Cheney, KEEN and OCTTC to work together for the event, and hope we can build on those relationships for future events.”