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The University of Worcester Wants Students To Lodge With Old People To Tackle Loneliness

Students at the University of Worcester are being asked to consider lodging with old people rather than their fellow students. The scheme has been devised in an attempt to help tackle loneliness in the city and further reduce the distance between Worcester’s student community and its other residents.

The project will see students who are studying health or social care-related degrees housed with an older person identified by the council as “likely to derive the greatest benefit.”

In exchange for affordable and comfortable accommodation, students who agree to take part in the rent-free scheme will be expected to provide help with things like “cooking, gardening, shopping and simply companionship.” They will also need to fund around 25 per cent of household bills and pay a £600 one-off fee.

The University of Worcester’s deputy pro-vice chancellor Louise Jones said: “Our students already make a great contribution to the city through volunteering and working – this is a further step to give something back to the community, with huge benefits for both individuals.”

You can find out more about the scheme here.

What do think about the scheme?

  • I think it sounds perfect.
  • It's a good idea but I'd rather live with other students.
  • I don't really agree with it.

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