Press Release

Emergency food packs delivered across Tayside to vulnerable students

Published on 29 April 2020

Over 300 food and care packages have been delivered to students facing financial hardship during lockdown

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Two helpers with a student in the premier store

Over 300 food and care packages have been delivered to students facing financial hardship during lockdown.

Dundee University Students’ Association and the University’s own Student Services team have been working together over the past two weeks to help vulnerable students and their families get through lockdown by providing emergency care packs.

All of the emergency care packs are being packaged by a small group of staff and volunteers and supplied by the campus Premier shop, which opened especially to help with the effort.

Students that reached out for support from Student Services and DUSA were given collection times for their emergency packs and some were even delivered across Tayside to students unable to travel due to self-isolation.

The care packs contained everything from basic foodstuffs to cleaning products and have benefitted hundreds of vulnerable students stuck at home.

Any students coming to collect their packs in person followed strict social distancing to ensure the safety of all staff and students.

One Law student that has directly benefitted from the project said, “At a time like this it has been traumatic, and scary realising the dire circumstances we are in.

“DUSA and the Student Services team have been a massive support in organising and delivering a care package to my family and I.

“I was not made to feel like I was being a burden or embarrassed to ask for help due to the kindness and manor of the team involved. 

“I am so grateful for this help, at a time like this when so many of us are powerless in our situations.”

Lauren Macgregor, Vice President of Student Welfare at DUSA said “ The students I've seen whilst delivering the packs have been so grateful, and I think knowing that they're part of a University that cares so deeply really reminds us of our strong community.

“This is different to any other welfare campaign I’ve been involved in and it’s fantastic to see the direct benefit of all the hard work everyone has put in.

“Working in collaboration with Student Services has been absolutely essential in making sure every student that needs our help can be supported”

Support for students facing financial hardship or isolation will continue with more packages being put together for distribution in the coming weeks.

Any student facing financial difficulty during this challenging time is encouraged to contact the Student Funding Unit. For general queries and support please speak to our Student Services team or contact DUSA at advice@dusa.co.uk.

Enquiries

Hannah Adams

Media Relations Officer

+44 (0)1382 385131

hadams001@dundee.ac.uk

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