University Court members offer support during pandemic

Mon 15 June, 2020
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University of Bedfordshire Court members have been offering solace and support to the community during the coronavirus outbreak.

The University honours many local artists, scientists, innovators and trailblazers through honorary degrees presented at graduations. Many of these individuals go on to join the University Court and remain friends of Bedfordshire.

As members of the University Court, individuals champion the University, support and act as ambassadors, and also play an important role in seeing that the University is responsive to its community and stakeholders.

During such an unprecedented time, many people are going above and beyond to offer a helping hand to others. And this includes individuals affiliated with the University.

Adam Croft, University Court member and Honorary Doctor of Arts 2018, is a bestselling author. He recently made an entire box set he authored (‘Knight & Culverhouse’) completely free in ebook.


Adam said: “I've often heard readers talk about 'escapism', it's a word that's cropped up far more in the past two months than ever before.

“Although reading figures are up significantly, most people are worried about their jobs, their incomes and their futures. It was important for me to ease that burden a little — as well as giving people the encouragement to stay at home and read, rather than give in to the temptation of going out.” 

Broadcaster and vocal coach Carrie Grant, University Court member and Honorary Doctor of Arts 2018, recently took part in a virtual performance where over 65 churches and movements came together from across the UK to sing 'The Blessing'.

Carrie said: "It was a privilege to be a part of The UK Blessing. More than ever we need to act in ways that benefit, uplift and encourage the collective.

“I, like a growing number of others, want to be a part of things that look outward and that inspire hope and unity.”

 

Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, Kathryn Holloway, has been supporting the force, and introducing a range of initiatives to keep people safe, including:

  • Setting aside £60,000 as an accommodation fund for those needing emergency respite from domestic abuse.
  • Operating an emergency parcel delivery service for the most vulnerable elderly people.
  • Sourcing protective masks, aprons and anti-bacterial products to assist the force while a continuous supply chain of such items was being set up.
  • Opening up bids for £240,000 funding – particular for diversionary activities for young people in crime hotspots or targeted support for victims of crime via online contact.

PCC Holloway said: “The great advantage of being a PCC with her own funds to support community safety and victim support is that I don’t have to delay to consult other elected members or a management structure before taking a decision.

“I’m incredibly proud of my office and the sheer amount of extra assistance that my team has been able to put in place in just eight weeks.”

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