Meet the candidates: Tasha Marples

#TASHA4WELFARE

Building connections, breaking down barriers #TASHA4WELFARE

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Hey, I’m Tasha, and I’m hoping to become your Welfare and Community Officer for 2017/18. I’m currently in my second year of Aerospace Engneering, and I’m the Health and Safety Officer for the Women’s Rugby Union team.

So if you vote for me, what will you get?

First and foremost, I would be YOUR voice, so listening to new ideas, concerns or any other issues from any student is my main priority.

Alongside this I aim to achieve 4 main goals:

1. SOCIAL ACTIVITES TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH AND STRENGTHEN CONNECTIONS:

To use social sport and community events to improve mental health by running social sessions at a discount rate throughout the year, with a focus on mental health week. To use these events to boost the inclusion of postgraduate students, mature students and others who feel they may not have an opportunity to be part of social Hallam. I would also like to invite voluntary groups/ old peoples homes/ animal shelters to come to collaborative coffee mornings or social events at the HUBS to strengthen the bond between the community and the university.

2. IMPROVE STUDENT SAFETY, WITH A FOCUS ON EVENINGS/NIGHTS:

To improve and progess the safe taxi scheme, to trial a shuttle bus from nightclubs for a safer journey home, and to reach out to uber to see how they can help keep Hallam students safe. Safety is a very important topic, and I would dedicate a large amount of my time to make sure that Hallam students feel safe in Sheffield, especially during the evenings.

3. STUDENT WELLBEING UNDER STRESS:

To install sensory de-stress rooms in the libraries so students can relax in a calm and quiet enviroment to boost productivity. The idea is taken from sensory gardens/rooms which use soft lighting and gentle sounds to help people with disabilities to deal with sensory overload or recover from impairment. The room would include things like bean bags, lava lamps, headphones and other objects to reduce stress. I feel the addition of these rooms to the libraries will help people refocus quicker when deadlines and exams are near.

4. HUBS AS A CENTRE OF HALLAM:

To make HUBS and the Students Union a central part of life at Hallam, for both city and collegiate campus. This could be achieved by opening HUBS on University open days and showcasing the best things about HUBS, so prospective students can already be invloved. Or, during the first few weeks of Uni, finding new ways to involve the freshers with life at the Students Union. The way events are promoted needs to be re-evaluated, and I would work with the other officers and staff to find a successful way to promote the HUBS to Hallam students.

Welfare at Hallam is already a strong part of the University, and I would hope to build on the hard work made by previous officers while developing new projects based on the current needs of the students and the university.

Please give me this opportunity to represent you!

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