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Student Living by Sodexo's Georgia Hastie (left), Residency Living coordinator with Tom Martin, head of Residency Living hosting a Facebook live Q&A session for students

Sodexo provides virtual support programme for students in lockdown

Student Living by Sodexo has launched its residential living programme as a virtual service for students at Sodexo managed university student accommodation sites across the UK.

The new virtual service builds on Sodexo’s existing Residency Living programme, which has been developed to help students maintain their mental wellbeing and offer them the opportunity to learn new skills during a time when movement and socialising is restricted.

Normally Sodexo would be looking after over 10,000 students across University and private accommodation sites across the UK. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak many students returned home to their families, but there remains a large number of students still in residence.

The new virtual service includes live Facebook Q&A sessions with the Sodexo team, online exercise classes and a series of lessons ranging from Spanish, cookery and Salsa dancing. Students can also visit the student living website where they can read about how to manage stress, sleep hygiene and much more.

Students can also visit the website and find out how to cope during self-isolation, how to manage stress as well as the importance of staying connected. Sodexo’s Student Living team has also helped encourage residents to connect through apps such as Zoom and House Party.

Tom Martin, Head of Residency Living for Student Living by Sodexo, said: “Our residency living programme is a huge support to many students, whether that’s through the skills they learn or the social and wellbeing support that students get from it, so it was really important that we continue the programme throughout lockdown when many students are away from their friends and family.
“We have had some really positive feedback from students so far and we are continuing to look at ways we can develop more activities to keep our residents and supported entertained, while also ensuring their safety, during the coronavirus lockdown.
“Our teams are committed to ensure students become part of the local communities and where we can have also extended our services to a number of local residents in need of assistance or support.”

Student Living by Sodexo is also looking to introduce an App to proactively support student’s mental health giving residents the tools to monitor and support their mental wellbeing.

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