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Highfield Residents and Students Building Bridges Community Curry Night – Friday 7 November 2014

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Building Bridges

  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014
  • Curry Community Night with Highfield residents, students and the police: Friday 7 November 2014

Highfield Residents, students and the police shared a Building Bridges community curry night. The evening was attended by around 60 people, of which 20 were residents. The event was very successful with good intermingling and engagement between students, residents and police officers. A variety of curries were enjoyed by all and there was nothing left by the end of the evening! After the meal, Ellie Cawthera, the Students Union Vice President of Student Engagement, asked people to change places. This had the desired effect of mixing everyone up and getting the conversation going, and the integration was complete.

Building Bridges – A Joint Venture between HRA and Southampton University Students’ Union (SUSU)

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Building Bridges

Building Bridges – A Joint Venture between HRA and Southampton University Students’ Union (SUSU)

The HRA is proud to have been awarded a generous grant from the Awards for All Lottery Fund for a Southampton Student Outreach programme, which is designed to encourage community engagement and cooperation between students and local residents in Highfield and surrounding areas. This application was supported by both the Police and Students’ Union and particular thanks are due to them both for their support, but also to Keith Reed, HRA Committee Member, who spent many hours preparing this successful application.


The project will run for over one year and was kick started with an Inaugural in March held at the University, which was attended by the Mayor and the University Vice-Chancellor. This was followed by the ‘Big Lunch’ on the Common, on a delightfully sunny day in June. ‘Big Lunch’ pictures below!

  • Pictures of the Big Lunch on the Common in June 2014, courtesy of Simon Hill, HRA Committee Member
  • Pictures of the Big Lunch on the Common in June 2014, courtesy of Simon Hill, HRA Committee Member
  • Pictures of the Big Lunch on the Common in June 2014, courtesy of Simon Hill, HRA Committee Member
  • Pictures of the Big Lunch on the Common in June 2014, courtesy of Simon Hill, HRA Committee Member


The village green character of the Little Common played host to the Highfield Big Lunch on 1st June 2014, when about 100 local residents gathered for a largely sunny lunch – one of many around the country designed to bring communities together.
Next year’s Big Lunch is on Sunday 7th June 2015. Make a note for your diary now!

Our Building Bridges Project aims to strengthen relationships between neighbours, reduce the fear of crime, and improve the look of our community whilst giving participants the opportunity to learn new skills.


Here are some of the initiatives we are planning:

  • Curry and Fireworks Night, Southampton University Students Union (main building, Highfield Campus), Friday 7th November 2014: a free joint Students Union/Community Social Event, funded by the Lottery Awards for All Fund. This event is intended to foster community cohesion and positive relations and participation between Students and the Community. The aim: to have a combined number of at least 80 people; comprising 40 residents/official guests, plus 40 students.
  • A Gardening Competition to be coordinated by the Students’ Union. There will be a voucher for each participant up to a value of £25 to purchase plants, etc. We will hold some simple gardening demonstrations, with some materials available to plant for free. There will be a cap on the number of entries to 40 pairings, 10 of which will be available for EBRA and OARA if they wish to participate.
  • other joint social events to encourage students and longer standing residents to come together to build stronger, healthier relationships by creating a better understanding of the responsibilities of living in, and becoming part of, an existing community. Inevitably there are a number of challenges brought about by differing lifestyles and integrating into an established community for the first time, but by coming together it is hoped to foster a sense of common purpose and mutual understanding.
  • joint volunteering activities such as improving ‘The Common’ and ‘Lovers’ Walk. A structured activity programme is being created.
  • a jointly run awareness campaign targeted at both students and residents to help prevent them from becoming victims of crimes. This will involve the production of campaign newsletters, delivered to every household in the area, information and links on our website, plus a social media campaign.

We hope you will participate in some of the many activities we are planning and help us build those bridges to achieve a stronger, more integrated and more cohesive community. More details to follow!

Claire Gilbert comments on Building Bridges joint venture

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Building Bridges

This is what Claire Gilbert, Vice President of Student Engagement, Southampton University Students’ Union, says about the Building Bridges Joint Venture with Highfield Residents Association:

“Overall success will look like a harmonious community with partnership projects, tidy gardens and happy citizens.

One of our core objectives this year is to help build on our current relationships with the police and local residents as well as making sure our students feel like citizens in the local area. The reason why this partnership is receiving such enthusiastic support from the Students’ Union is that Highfield residents are looking further than bins and ‘to let’ signs and are looking at integrating students into their area. The social events being proposed are exactly what will help our students realise that they are no different from their neighbours. We want people to be able to knock next door when they run out of sugar or need help sorting their fuses out.  Not only would we be able to help with volunteers, as we have done with projects in the past, but see a real value to our students.


Furthermore, we are currently striving to make student housing better and the scheme to run an annual front garden competition is something we whole heartedly support. To make students feel responsible for their area as well as engaging them with gardening not only promotes good ecology but gives students something tangible to help out with. For some of our students, it may be the first time they have been let loose on a patch of soil.

 
It is so important for us that the Highfield residents and Police are willing to work with students on issues that affect them. In the future, hopefully, students will go along to Residents’ meetings and have other suggestions to help build community ties, and this is the first step on that ladder.”