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The Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences includes staff with interests in biological sciences, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental statistics, geography and waste management. We offer a range of degree programmes and have a number of postgraduate research students. For more information about studying with us please visit http://www.northampton.ac.uk/.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Geography students donate to local good causes

Second year Human Geographers have been learning about the experiences of socially-excluded groups in local communities. A range of guest speakers have explained how everyday objects that we often take for granted can make a huge difference to people experiencing food poverty, isolation, or homelessness. Students have responded brilliantly and made generous donations. For example…

Current third year student Olli Boyde, who volunteers at a local foodbank, described how foodbanks urgently need donations of tinned meats/fish and toiletries. Result: students donated 2 car-boots-full of tins and toiletries which we have shared between local foodbanks.

Olli Boyde and Dr John Horton
Jo Gunnett, Volunteer Coordinator for AgeUK Northants, described how many isolated elderly people experience fuel poverty, and can benefit from music and audio recordings. Result: students donated 15+ pairs of gloves and 7 pairs of headphones, which AgeUK volunteers will distribute to isolated elderly people this winter.

Dr John Horton models some of the donations!

Visitors from Northampton Hope Centre outlined the health and wellbeing problems that local homeless people experience because of wet clothing during winter months. Result: students donated 20+ pairs of socks for the Centre’s clothing bank.

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