22nd January 2021
What’s happening at the Guild over the festive period?
I spoke to Imogen De Castro-Gray (UoL Student Officer) about what she is doing for students over the festive period. Imogen has organised 500 Guild care packages, aimed at non-halls students remaining in Liverpool over Christmas. These packages will be distributed from the Guild from 10am on the 9th December.
Furthermore, Imogen gave us an insight into what these care packages could include. Amongst other items, there could be vouchers worth £60, chocolate and Christmas socks. Every bag will also contain a Guild Christmas events calendar, which hopes to bring students remaining in Liverpool together by encouraging them to connect. There will be a link enclosed which will guide students to a hub on the Guild website; this will answer questions such as ‘how to access support’ and inquiries about events.
Speaking about why she had organised the care packages, Imogen said ‘the Christmas holidays are particularly challenging for loads of people anyway, but it is especially difficult this year for students who won’t be able to go home. I wanted to do something that could make a few students smile, even if just for that day.’
The events taking place over the festive period include ‘Virtual Pub Quiz: Christmas Special’, a ‘City Walking Tour’, ‘Christmas Speed Mate-ing’, and a ‘Christmas Movie Night: Elf’. The ‘Christmas Speed Mate-ing’ event on 16th December promises to be a great opportunity to meet other students who are remaining in Liverpool over the holidays. This event has been a huge success throughout semester one, enabling students to meet people and make friends. Speaking about the events, Imogen observed that, considering how hard is has been ‘to make friends this year’, these events would hopefully ‘help students link up and make friends who are staying in Liverpool through Christmas’.
Furthermore, Imogen highlighted that, due to the success of the ‘Give it a Go’ activity packs for those living in halls, students who do not live in halls can also collect extra activity packs and get involved with ‘Give it a Go’ activities. Information about when these are available will be released later in the week.
Moreover, the Guild will be handing out free sanitary items, alongside some that were kindly donated by Period Project Merseyside (@ppmerseyside).
For the full programme and more information, please visit www.liverpoolguild.org/christmas.
Feature Image Credit: Imogen De Castro-Gray