Dunkirk community events strengthen student resident relations

   
   
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Students and permanent residents came together over a cup of tea and a slice of cake this weekend at the Dunkirk Tea Party, at the Dunkirk and Old Lenton Community Centre.

Over 50 students attended the event, seizing the opportunity to meet their neighbours and find out how they can get more involved in the Dunkirk community.
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The University of Nottingham Brass Ensemble, conducted by third year music student Jenny Wilkinson, provided entertainment throughout the afternoon, while arts, crafts and face painting were on offer for children.

Local MP Lillian Greenwood also attended the event, as did local councillors and representatives from Off Campus Student Affairs at The University of Nottingham, who contributed to the tea party with a donation from the Community Chest Fund.

Melanie Futer, Manager of Off Campus Student Affairs, said: “The University wants our students to be good neighbours, and it is wonderful to see so many of them participating in this community event.”

The tea party was organised by the Tenants and Residents Association of Dunkirk (TRAD) and the Dunkirk and Old Lenton Partnership Forum. It was further supported by The University of Nottingham and the Dunkirk and Old Lenton Community Association (DOLCA), who hosted the tea party.

Students had another chance to get involved in Dunkirk on Tuesday, November 2 as they joined DOLCA, the City Council and the police in a ‘Morning of Action’.

Student volunteers from the Students Union worked to tidy up Dunkirk throughout the morning, while the police were on hand to promote crime prevention and Smart Water. The council were also present to give advice on electoral registration and waste management, as well as being on hand to talk to residents about any issues they may have.

After volunteering Feroza Isakjee, one of the volunteers, said: “A lot of students live in this community, so it’s great to give something back. Dunkirk is actually a really clean area and it is events like this which help to keep it looking so good.”

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For more information, please email Melanie Futer, Head of Off Campus Student Affairs on bhzmpf@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk.
  Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

Email: harry.waddle@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 823 2353 Location: University Park

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