SU Campaign

Stand Alone are excited to announce a new partnership initiative with NUS to raise awareness of estranged students in Higher Education.

Stand Alone is the UK's first and only charity dedicated to helping people affected by family estrangement.

Estrangement is the breakdown of a relationship, usually between family members, that results in a loss of contact. 1 in 5 people in the UK will experience or be affected by family estrangement at some point in their lifetime. Students who are estranged report that isolation and loneliness are some of the biggest challenges they face, alongside lack of financial support and difficulties in securing appropriate accommodation. Many are afraid to speak about their experiences for fear of stigma, or shame.

Stand Alone has linked up with NUS to launch the Estranged Students' Solidarity Campaign (ESSC), a new campaign that explores family estrangement and the impact it has on estranged students during university.

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The ESSC is primarily designed to raise awareness of estrangement, and the realities estranged students often face.

Estranged students deserve to be heard, and through this campaign, we would like you to join us in uplifting their voices.

The three objectives:

1. To raise awareness about family estrangement, and the many barriers to success that estranged students face in Higher Education through an awareness raising campaign

2. To encourage/facilitate a wider discussion on family and changing family dynamics as part of your campaign

3. To encourage/work with your institution to carry out the objectives of the Stand Alone Pledge

What are we asking for from you?

• We are asking your Union to run a weeklong awareness raising campaign focusing on family estrangement, its causes and how it can affect student life, as well as facilitating a wider discussion on family and family dynamics.

• Christmas is a difficult period for those not in touch with their families. We would therefore like you to run this campaign during week 27.11 - 02.12 2017

• Document your campaign through blogposts, pictures, etc: which we can share via social media.

Many universities have already committed to the Stand Alone Pledge – see the institutions page for details: http://www.thestandalonepledge.org.uk/champion-institutions

If your University has, then why not partner with them to support individual students? If your University has not, maybe your campaign can encourage them to do so.

As Student Unions are such a central part of the student experience, we believe that you are best placed to run this campaign in partnership with us at Stand Alone and NUS. Your engagement will allow a high level of awareness raising and outreach to any student without family support who may not feel comfortable approaching their institution.

We would really like your Union to consider joining the initiative and running this campaign. There is more information about the Campaign in our ESSC information booklet.

We will be making further resources to help you run your campaign available over the next couple of months.

If you are interested and would like further information please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to working with you!

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