Giving a much needed boost and changing lives
It's inspiring to see the difference our Better Together Fund (BTF) is making - to students and the community. We have rounded up some of the most recent initiatives made possible by generous donations from alumni and business. Take a look at the difference our supporters have made.
Gold star! (er, red really...)
Thanks to the efforts of our Comet Cheerleaders, UWE Bristol now has its very first mascot for sporting events and competitions! UWE Bristol alumna Anna Sheppard masterminded the furry red star mascot, and led a year of fundraising to bring it to life. With a little help from the BTF, the Comet mascot joined the squad earlier this year, and it's now a familiar sight on UWE Bristol's sporting circuit.
The BTF fund helped alumna Charlotte Young to buy new tools for her eco-warrior GreenSpace project. The Conservation Biology graduate wanted to get her hands dirty, helping preserve local wetlands and conservation. So she created GreenSpace, an inspiring eco-volunteering scheme, which helps UWE Bristol students develop valuable skills in the meantime.
Funding Love and Money
UWE Bristol Drama Society took the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm this year thanks to a boost from the BTF. Performing Dennis Kelly's Love and Money, our student actors loved every minute of the experience, saying it was something that "very few of us will ever forget".
Despite their busy schedules, a team of fantastic student volunteers run fortnightly art classes in a local care home. We were so inspired by the great work they do, we gave them BTF funding to buy art materials for their sessions.
The BTF also helped fund UWE Bristol's first Deaf Sport event, giving children with hearing difficulties the chance to enjoy sport in an inclusive environment. The event was delivered by our dynamic Social Sport and EDGE Sports Volunteering Programme.
During Feel Good February, UWE Bristol and The Students' Union at UWE Bristol run a month of events and activities to promote a healthier lifestyle. In February 2016, the BTF will be supporting these activities, in particular helping students learn which foods specifically promote stress-relief.
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