Let's Gather events are an important part of our community here in the School of Health in Social Science.
Let's Gather started as a way to bring students and staff together to socialise and remind them it's okay to take a break! Events vary from coffee and cake afternoons to festive parties and Therapet sessions. Following feedback from students, we will be offering more events including yoga classes and careers sessions, all free and all there to help build our sense of community. Find out more about how to Let's Gather came about in this blog post from the staff who started it all.
Let’s Gather Welcome Event
Our Let’s Gather programme was launched with a School-wide welcome event in September 2018 which involved games, drinks and banter and a Dragon’s Den style activity. Students and staff worked together to develop a new business idea based on a specific (and very silly) object. We were amazed by the entrepreneurial skill and ingenuity of the different proposals!
Coffee and Cake
Coffee and cake events started in September 2018 and have been really popular and well-attended by students and staff! These sessions encourage us to take a break, catch up with each other and meet new people from across the School. Delicious coffee and cake is provided from Artisan Roast and the student and staff social hub becomes a hive of chat and activity. These sessions are held monthly during semester with more to come in autumn 2019 - watch this space!
Let's Gather Summer Barbecue
We look forward to celebrating the start of summer 2019, and the end of another successful year with you all by hosting a School barbeque. Here’s hoping the weather stays warm and sunny! This event is open to all School of Health in Social Science students and staff, and your families.
We're all mental
One of our earlier Let's Gather events was an evening of pizza, drinks, debate and a talk from Professor Matthias Schwannauer on how we define mental illness now and in the future, which he had previously performed as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe. If neuroscience allows us to physically locate our thoughts, anguish and distress, can we identify a fix? Could this be our key to happiness and contentment? If mental illness is largely defined by not being typical, who wants to be? This was a unique opportunity to socialise as a community and debate an interesting topic.
Research shows that spending time with furry friends can reduce stress and improve wellbeing. With this in mind, friendly dogs from Canine Concern Scotland have visited the School to spend time with students and staff. We have held two Therapet sessions so far and they have proved to be a highly popular and effective way for people across the School to take some time out for themselves. During the session students and staff can meet and spend time with Therapet dogs and have a chance chat with their owners and other people from across the School. We hope to offer more Therapet sessions in the future as we know how much our students and staff enjoy them!
Let's Get Festive
In December 2018 Let's Gather hosted an end of term party open to everyone across the School. We celebrated our hard work and successes with mulled wine, mince pies, some ceilidh dancing, and live music from the band Pictism.
Lets Gather: Real Talk
In May 2019 Lily Asch, an alumna of the University of Edinburgh, joined us to share the story of her journey from student to social entrepreneur, and Founder and Director of Real Talk. Real Talk is a social enterprise dedicated to mental health storytelling. Students and staff gathered, listened and networked over drinks and nibbles for an evening exploring mental health storytelling.