is just a call away
year after its launch, the neighbourhood helpline set
up as part of the University of Leeds' community strategy
has proved a success, with over 300 calls taken and the
majority of callers happy with the response they received,
according to a recent survey.
helpline is co-ordinated and jointly funded by the University
of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds City
Council to respond to issues rasied by the high numbers
of students in certain areas of Leeds, and ensure their
positive contribution to the city.
helpline is mainly used by long-term residents over the
age of 40, and the majority of calls currently relate
to refuse and noise. One elderly woman who called to complain
about her noisy neighbours said: "It was very helpful,
and it was lovely to discuss my problem as it made me
feel less isolated."
community action includes clean-up initiatives in Hyde
Park and Headingley, encouraging recycling and extra rubbish
disposal during the period when student housing changes
hands. There are also plans to create murals in public
spaces, and an environmental education project in local
University has been looking at other universities, to
see if lessons can be learnt from their work on community
issues. A conference on students in the community next
year will bring together higher education staff to share
best practice on issues such as housing, transport, regeneration,
student discipline and volunteer work.
University has funded major research by the school of
geography into student demographics in Leeds, and the
findings will be made public this month. The project has
been mapping student densities from 1993 to 2001, looking
at rent levels and seeing how many first and second year
students move into private rented accommodation.
disciplinary procedures have been updated to include behaviour
in the local and wider community, and a range of initiatives
are in place to encourage more students to do volunteer
work locally. Over 250 students already help out as volunteers
in 35 inner city schools, raising pupils' aspirations
and academic achievements.