As a movement we believe taking action to promote justice is something that we as Christians are called to do. We're partnering with other organisations to encourage students to take action on causes that matter to you.
We focus on two specific campaign areas at a time. Our current campaigns are:
The catastrophic effects of man-made climate change on the earth are well-known, and have been well-known for a while. Many groups and individuals have tried all sorts to lessen the human impact on the environment, but it has been more difficult to make changes at a governmental level. We believe that this crucial issue deserves our attention at this moment in time. We are also excited that there are so many brilliant initiatives out there tackling climate change that students can get involved in.
Here are some ways you can take action:
- We've teamed up with the Climate Coalition in their campaign to #ShowTheLove for our Earth. We'll be joining them on the 26th of July in their mass climate lobby to tell our politicians that it's time to take action on climate change. Keep an eye on our social media channels to find out more
- At our national gathering in Cardiff in March, we took direct action by asking HSBC to divest from fossil fuel with friends from the Christian Aid Collective. Find out more about their Big Shift campaign, and how you can take action in your local HSBC branch, here
- We've also encouraged our members to take part in 'Green Challenges', asking them to make small changes to their lifestyle each month to reduce our damage to the planet. This year, we asked members to make Green Resolutions to live in a more sustainable way. Let us know what changes you're making with #SCMGreenResolutions
It won’t have escaped your attention that student wellbeing and mental health has become a very high profile issue recently. Universities, the Government and Charities are all working hard to improve and support the mental health of students before problems hit, and to provide a supportive environment for people to work through the challenges they face.
The Institute for Public Policy suggests that five times as many students are disclosing mental health problems to their Universities than there were 10 years ago. In 2017, The Guardian’s Student Survey found that 87% of First Year Students were struggling to cope with social or academic aspects of University life, with issues such as isolation, work/study balance and financial concerns placing highly.
Here at SCM we are committed to supporting students during their time at University, and so these challenges around mental health and wellbeing are vitally important to us. We want to help you to get the most out of your studies and for you to thrive as a person.
We’ve therefore partnered with Sheffield-based Space to Breathe to provide resources for you to deal with mental ill-health in your university. Keep an eye out for resources coming your way soon!
If you're concerned about mental health in universities, check out the Uni Mental Health Day website for ideas about what you or your SCM community can do to promote better mental health provision.