Community Representative (Rep)
What is a Community rep?
Guildford, like most places in the UK, is made up of 'Wards'. A Community rep is a student representative for a designated ward in Guildford. Your role as a Community Rep is to be a student representative that can listen to residents (students and/or non-students), and help raise any local issues that you may come across, providing a vital link to create a community between all those who live in and around Guildford.
The aim of a Community Rep is to ensure that opinion is gathered on a variety of issues from the students and other local residents in the ward that you are representing. Community Reps ensure the student voice is heard at various resident meetings and other community events; working alongside the VP Community, local borough council and residents to enrich the local community and student involvement in it.
- Commuter community
Main duties and responsibilities
- Manage a Community Rep email account conversing with residents.
- To represent the views of students at meetings with local councillors alongside other community reps and VP Community.
- To gather student and non-student opinion in the Ward that you are representing that may be relevant to the VP Community or other stakeholders.
- Attend Residents' Association meetings as an ambassador for the Students' Union.
- Deliver Community Rep flyers to those in your area.
Time Commitment: Voluntary role
Community Reps will be in place for one academic year, though continuation is encouraged.
Usually around 2-3 hours per week with extra time at busy periods that include but not limited to:
- Attendance Community Zone committee meetings
- Attendance at training (2 hours)
- Attendance at community related meetings i.e. Resident Associations
- Attendance at Student Voice Forum (1 x semester)
Benefits & rewards
- A fantastic opportunity to get involved in University life and the Students' Union whilst making a positive impact on the student experience within your neighbourhood.
- The chance to get involved and make a positive impact. Great way to meet like-minded people as well as gain key contacts throughout your experience as a rep.
- Gain formal training on local issues.
- Skills development e.g. communication, teamwork, organisation, initiative, promotion– beneficial for your CV.
- The chance to meet, socialise with and represent students in your area.
- Opens up avenues for continued involvement in the Students' Union.
- Will appear on your HEAR
Who we are looking for?
- Friendly approachable individuals with enthusiasm for getting others involved.
- Motivated, sociable and organised with a keen interest in making a difference.
- Responsive to the needs of others and sensitive to a range of personalities and culture.
Training and support
- One formal training session in October 2017
- Ad-hoc sessions throughout the year depending on circumstances that may arise