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It’s a ResLife … but what is ResLife during Covid?

By RGrant 17 May 2021

If you have lived in RGU Halls you will probably have seen the ResLife team with their distinctive red or yellow hoodies and, if you have been unfortunate enough to have self-isolated for any Covid reason, you have probably been contacted by them whether you live in halls or not. 

Reslife is RGU’s largest peer support group, predominantly operating out of RGU Halls but who do so much more. The ResLife team cater to all students' welfare and pastoral needs on site and can signpost residents to professional services very quickly for support. Generally, the site teams spend their shifts carrying out a variety of tasks, from meeting with residents to discuss their living experience to helping fellow students to make the most of their time in halls. They assist with lock-outs, fire alarms (argghhh), and reporting faults; deal with minor first aid situations and can even provide information on joining sports clubs and societies. Essentially, they are the friendly face around site for you to have a chat with when you have a problem or feel a little down. They put on small social events on the site to help residents socialise and integrate and once upon a time, they arranged larger events such as bowling, bus trips, cinema etc. but then Covid-19 came a calling!

As we all came to terms with our new ‘normal’ so our team had to reinvent itself. We still had students living in halls, in Private Provider accommodation and in the Private Rented Sector who needed support. ResLife set itself up to support any student who contracted Covid, or who had a flatmate who did, and had to self-isolate as well as those who needed to self-isolate because they had just arrived in the UK. We kept in contact with all these students on a daily basis (nearly 600 so far) and if they needed shopping or help we were there to provide it.

The Reslife team with Christmas goodie bags

At Christmas and New Year most of the students who could, went home but not all could. Our ResLife team delivered a goody bag to each resident on Christmas Eve and then again on New Years Eve to make sure no-one was forgotten and have continued to provide support to RGU students throughout the pandemic. We can’t lie, we are looking forward to the easing of restrictions and being able to meet up with our residents again to share some stories and have some fun.

Why do we do what we do? Well, all the ResLife team have an interest in helping others, we get a discount on our rent which is great but we also get training in First Aid, Mental Health, Bystander Intervention and much more. It’s a great thing to have on your CV to make you stand out from the crowd. A team player, caring, responsible position holder and all-round good egg!

Think you have what it takes to join the team, go for it. Contact reslife@rgu.ac.uk and ask for an application form. What’s the worst that could happen?

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