Wonderful Selly Student Community.
We realise that these are unprecedented times and that life is very chaotic and uncertain right now, and so we wanted to touch base with some helpful links for you in case you need them.
Remote Campus Operations
Community Living are moving to a remote service with immediate effect, which means that the Community Living hub, and Community Living services from the Living Shop in Uni Centre, are moving online.
We will still be able to support you in things such as contract checks, community advice, and general support and help – we’ll just be doing this via email, skype, or phone call. Please email email@example.com to get in contact with us, or use the ‘request call back’ form on the Community Living Website.
Please do look after yourselves during this time – physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Here are some links to online resources which we really rate:
- General NHS advice
- UoB Student Wellbeing Page
- Student Minds Mental Health Advice
- Mind Mental Health Advice and Support
- Coronavirus Specific mental health advice
- BBC advice on exercise and wellbeing during social distancing
Community Advice and Complaints
Do you have issues with your landlords or lettings agents, and need help in working out how to handle that?
- All of our usual information is available on the Community Living website but if you can’t find the info you need, or just want to run something past us, email Community Living on firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will get back to you.
Are you self-isolating in Selly, and need help and support?
- Head to the links which we’ve posted earlier in this message for some general advice.
- Have a look at the NHS advice around Coronavirus
- If you need practical help and support, then the wonderful Selly Oak Community Response to Covid-19 group on Facebook are active in linking up people who need support with those who are able to provide it, and they are providing food parcels to vulnerable and isolated folks who can’t get out to the shops.
Questions about Restricted Campus Operations
Do you have questions about University Operations in general? Head over to the Coronavirus FAQ section of the University Website.
Staying Connected During This Period
The New Economics Foundation has produced 5 steps you can take to support your mental health and wellbeing:
- Stay connected 👋🏼: Losing structure can be hard especially on mental health. Think about ways to stay connected.
- Studying: Do you have anyone you can study with virtually as a way to help with motivation? Could you set up a regular progress review with friends and help each other set goals and praise achievements.
- Socially: Do you have up to date contact details of people you know? Check the contact details of people you know, like their email address or phone numbers. What is the best way to contact them? Consider planning times to video chat so you have something to look forward to.
- Stay active 🏃🏿♀️: What can you do to stay active? Is there any physical activity you can safely do, such as yoga, dancing, play interactive games, download a free workout session, clean your room/house or sitting exercises?
- Take notice: Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
- Try: Gardening, feeding the birds, walk the dog or volunteer to walk a neighbours pet.
- Give 👏🏽: Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
- Try: Reaching out to others and support people around you, joining a local community support group or checking up on neighbours and if possible providing practical support.
- Keep learning 🤓: Research shows that learning new skills can improve your mental wellbeing by:
- boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
- helping you to build a sense of purpose
- helping you to connect with other
- Try: Working on a DIY project, cooking something new, learning a new language, learn a new craft such as knitting or felt making or join an online book club or an informal one with friends and family.
We are here to support you as much as we possibly can.
Claire, Jackie and the Community Living Family