This year at TSEP there has been a particularly generous addition to the Project. At some of our sites across the UK, we are working to help both local and national charities; from Beatson Cancer Charity to British Heart Foundation.
These charities cover several aims, from combating heart disease to working to end youth homelessness. They have been specifically chosen by your site staff, as charities that particularly resonate with the culture of the site. In particular, the most popular charity of choice this year has been Student Minds.
Student Minds empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, helping to support others and create change.
Currently, 1 in 4 people are experiencing a mental health problem in the UK. Suicide is a leading cause of death in young men and women aged 20-34, with young people linking mental illness with alienation and isolation.
University is an exciting time. Young adults have left the stability and home-comforts of life with family, to make it on their own. An endless number of social events, alcohol and takeaways with friends can seem like a luxury at first. However, it is also common for students to become overwhelmed by the way of university life. Often, you can be surrounded by friends and course mates, and still be susceptible to the feelings of loneliness and helplessness.
So, how do these partnerships work?
The more energy saved by our students, the more points they gather. At the end of the academic year, we reward student by being able to put those points towards a monetary value that is donated to the charity of choice at their site.
For example, at British Heart Foundation, £10 worth of points could pay for a research toolkit, to help studies into stroke, diabetes, vascular dementia and heart disease.
For £25, you can provide a young homeless person with a day of care, from safe accommodation to employment support.
How can you help?
If you haven’t yet- register your room and start making some everyday changes to reduce your energy consumption! We have loooads of blogs on here to help you with some tips on how do reduce your energy – so get crackin’!
Register at: https://app.studentenergyproject.com/register