Hartpury organised an event in 2014 focusing on student safety – ‘Drive for Life: Safe & Social Driving’. This centred around one of the priorities of Gloucestershire’s Police & Crime Commissioner’s theme of keeping young people safe on the county’s roads: from drivers to passengers, to horse riders and pedestrians.
This then developed into ‘WellFest’, an annual event running from 2015 that expanded on the road safety theme to include general student safety, wellbeing and health (mental & physical) – incorporating some of the core themes from Gloucestershire Healthy Living & Learning. 2019’s event was made hugely successful by over 60 external organisations delivering workshops and running exhibits/stands. In 2020, in line with Covid restrictions, WellFest was delivered virtually and in 2021 a a scaled down event was delivered.
This year has seen WellFest return to its full scale, with over 50 organisations participating. The use of Callmy Alert at Hartpury is helping to provide students with a means to stay safe whilst studying, socialising and working alone.
The service provides students with an SOS app that alerts the University’s Residential Support Team when