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Building belonging

We hold themed weeks throughout the year as part of our YSJ Together campaign.

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Our themed weeks include activities to help you build connections with other students, develop your confidence and take care of your wellbeing.

They are also a chance for you to get to know the different teams who are here to support you during your time at York St John.

Semester 1

Our themed weeks for Semester 1 are:

Week 1: Keeping safe

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Monday 25 to Friday 29 September

This week focuses on how you can live safely at university and build safe, respectful relationships.

Our Welfare team will be leading an event that highlights how you can keep yourself and others safe. This event will include representatives from a range of external agencies. 

Staff from our IT Support team will be providing advice and guidance around staying safe online and cyber security.

Week 2: Food and friendship

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Monday 2 to Friday 6 October

With a focus on building relationships through food, this week's events are a chance to form new connections with staff and your fellow students.

The Living Lab will be running a range of activities throughout the week, including a People's Assembly on Food and a pilot of a student-led Garden Cafe.

Our Accommodation team will be running a pizza competition, while the Funding Advice team are offering budgeting drop-in sessions to help you plan your food budget.

Over in LaunchPad, you can join the Chaplaincy team for a free lunch (soup, bread and homemade cake) during their weekly Soup-er Space event. This takes place every Tuesday from 12.00pm to 2.00pm. 

The Chaplaincy team also offer a Holy Communion Service in the Chapel every Friday, 12.30pm to 1.00pm. Share bread and wine in this relaxed, informal service. All are welcome.

Week 4: Growth

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Monday 16 to Friday 20 October

Focus on your personal growth, confidence and resilience during this week's events.

Join the Living Lab team of community gardening volunteer coordinators to lead activities.

Take part in Digital Training sessions to develop your skills in Excel and Word.

Improve your informal English, make new friends and join in fun activities at the weekly English Conversation Group. This is run by Julie, one of our Chaplaincy Assistants and a CELTA trained teacher. The group meet every Wednesday from 4.00pm to 6.00pm in the Chapel Kitchen.

Grab a drink and join us for a relaxed exploration of the Bible in our 'Beer and Bible' event. Look out for event details nearer the time. No previous experience necessary!

Week 7: De-Stress Fest

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Monday 6 to Friday 10 November

The events this week link to personal wellbeing, taking proactive action and the need to relax and find space to breathe.

Our annual De-Stress Fest is run by our Global Campus team in association with our Wellbeing and Welfare team.

Learn the basics of mindfulness and how to practise them in a weekly session, hosted by Wellbeing and Chaplaincy. Mindfulness sessions take place every Wednesday from 1.15pm to 1.45pm in the Contemplation Room (Chapel). Everyone is welcome.

Learn to knit in weekly 'Knitterati' sessions, every Thursday from 12.00pm to 2.00pm in the Chapel Kitchen. Yarn and needles are provided. You can also bring your own craft project and drop in for a natter, a cup of tea and some relaxing company.

Week 9: Celebrate and inspire

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Monday 20 to Friday 24 November

As we move towards the end of term, this week focuses on taking time to celebrate, share ideas and inspire others.

More information about activities for the week will be shared on this page nearer the time.

Semester 2

Our themed weeks for Semester 2 will be shared on this page nearer the time.

Peer mentors

If you have any questions about about settling in at university, you can meet up with one of our peer mentors. They can offer you practical advice, point you towards services that are available to you, and help you make the most of your university experience.

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