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Recognising a ‘student bubble’ dividing university students and the local community, and the common experience of loneliness amongst the community’s elderly residents, the 2016-17 ParliaMentors team at the University of Nottingham established a novel penpal service providing the first point of contact between the elderly population and students in Nottingham. The team formed partnerships with

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As an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham Joe was keen to give something back to the local community: “I was inspired by the local community’s hospitality and felt compelled to ‘give back’. I was also aware of certain problems within this community which I felt determined to remedy”. Participation in ParliaMentors was an opportunity

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Aware of the problems of division both between and within students and local residents in Coventry, the 2016-17 ParliaMentors team have sought to address the issue through a unique solution: a community allotment. The team have created a new set of community allotments, bringing people together who wouldn’t ordinarily meet and simultaneously supporting people to

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Back in 2011, Berlin-born Anya Fahlenkamp was an undergraduate at SOAS studying for a degree in Politics. She said, “At the time, I was surrounded by people from all countries and various faith backgrounds. However, I was startled about the fact that there was no organised interfaith framework at the university that tried to bring

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