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Well done and thank you to the Hidden Heroes in our Student Living by Sodexo team, who have launched their Residency Living programme as a virtual service for students at Sodexo-managed university accommodation sites across the UK.
The new virtual service has been developed to help students maintain their mental wellbeing, and offers them the opportunity to learn new skills at a time when movement and socialising are restricted.
The service includes live Facebook Q&A sessions with the Sodexo team, online exercise classes and a series of lessons ranging from Spanish, cookery and Salsa dancing. The team has also helped encourage residents to connect through apps such as Zoom and House Party.
Tom Martin, Head of Residency Living for Student Living by Sodexo, explained: “Many students returned home to their families in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, but there remains a large number of students still in residence, and we are committed to supporting them as much as we can.
“We have had some really positive feedback from students so far, and we are continuing to look at ways we can develop more activities to keep our residents and supported entertained, while also ensuring their safety, during the Coronavirus lockdown.
“We also want to ensure students become part of the local communities and, where we can, we have also extended our services to a number of local residents in need of assistance or support.”
Meanwhile, over in Southampton, another Schools & Universities team at Solent University has been busy supporting students by delivering essential food packages to those locked down in halls of residence. The catering team has also taken to social media to provide students with helpful tips and advice, such as how-to-cook videos with Executive Chef, Melanie Tolson, solutions on how to cook without basic ingredients, and advice on the correct storage of ingredients to prolong their shelf life.
Pictured: A member of the Solent University catering team
Nick Hayter, Group Account Manager at the Solent University site said, “Although we’re apart, there’s never been a time where our team has been closer. Working together in a time of uncertainty has seen us rise to the challenge and problem-solve positively. We look forward to re-grouping again soon.”
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