Student Community Champions
Following a trial in the St Michael's area during 2016-17, the University will be recruiting again for the new Student Community Champion (SCC) role for the 2017-18 academic year. The SCCs will work in the St Michael's and Hales Place areas of Canterbury, which includes the following roads:
St Michael's: Beaconsfield Road, Bramshaw Road, Brockenhurst Close, Cadnam Close, Cranborne Walk, Damerham Close, Durnford Close, Hackington Terrace, Leycroft Close, Lyndhurst Close, Ringwood Close, St Michaels Place, St Michaels Road, Salisbury Road, Shaftesbury Road, Stephenson Road and Verwood Close.
Hales Place: Bicknor Close, Crossways, Downs Road, Frencham Close, Green Dell, Hales Drive, Headcorn Drive, Hunton Gardens, Kemsing Gardens, Long Meadow Way, Tenterden Drive, The Crescent, The Terrace, Uplands and Westerham Close.
The aim of the SCCs is to provide a point of contact within the St Michael’s and Hales Place communities, to promote the initiatives of the University and Kent Union, and to be involved in community schemes and Resident Association and Neighbourhood Watch initiatives and meetings. This requires the individuals to be proactive, have good promotional and communication skills and be sociable and approachable within their community.
The SCCs will be supported in their role by both the University’s Community Liaison Officer and Kent Union’s Vice-President (Welfare). The student’s role is to facilitate information between residents in their local area and act as a focal point for student feedback.
The role will operate during term-time only on a part-time basis (5 hours per week) with full training provided during week commencing 11 September 2017. The posts are being offered on a one-year rotational basis, to allow as many students as possible access to this personal development opportunity.
The Student Community Champions will:
* establish and maintain regular contact with residents and be available to them to help resolve everyday domestic issues
* assist with the pastoral care of all students, and in particular those who are vulnerable
* be knowledgeable, supportive and positive about University procedures, rules and regulations and specifically the role of University support services
The Student Community Champions will need:
* to be eager to assist others to resolve problems
* strong communication, listening, negotiation and facilitation skills
* experience of residing in student accommodation
* a balanced and non-judgmental perspective
* the ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
If you are committed to the promotion of understanding, tolerance, and good human relationships and you have the skills to encourage this in others, this role could be ideal for you.
How to apply:
In 500 words or less, please explain what you could contribute to this role. Please send your 500 words, confirming whether you will be living in the St Michael's or Hales Place areas, to Contactus@kent.ac.uk by noon on 30th May 2017.
Please note that this role is only open to students living in the St Michael's or Hales Place areas of Canterbury - please see the job description to check if you live in these areas or contact the Community Liaison Officer at Contactus@kent.ac.uk.