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Be Active, Reduce Stress Project shortlisted for National Award

Be Active, Reduce Stress volunteers with their new merch

Back in April this year we were absolutely delighted to discover that the 'Be Active, Reduce Stress' (BARS) project had been shortlisted for The Wellbeing Award at the National Societies and Volunteering Awards.

Started in the 2018 - 19 academic year, the aim of the project is offer students more opportunities in their wellbeing journey. Working closely with the University Wellbeing Services, this is a referral project that enables students to access eight weeks of free social, physical activity, as well as other activities whilst gaining support from student ‘buddies’ and SU staff.

In order to access the programme you need to refer yourself for a counselling session with the University of Plymouth Student Wellbeing Services team. This will then go through to a triage process, if you are deemed to have low level mental health such as stress, anxiety or depression you will have the option of referring to the BARS project.

The project relies on the hard work of our dedicated team of student volunteers:


"I was initially unsure of how much commitment the BARS project would take but was keen to get involved and help others too. It was so much better than I expected and a great opportunity to meet others, make new friends and make the University experience so special with treasured memories. I enjoyed seeing my buddy grow in confidence and get involved with the activities offered including yoga and it was lovely to just meet for a drink and chat too. The project runs activities that suit individual preferences and help you to explore the area. It is a safe environment where everyone can simply be themselves and forget their worries. I feel honoured to have taken part and am pleased this project will continue to support students."

Natalie Thomas 




Here at the SU your wellbeing is our top priority and our aim is to make sure that your time at the University of Plymouth is the best it can possibly be. As a member of the Students' Union you are a part of one of the biggest student communities in the country, a collection of many different walks of life, a group of people all connected by one institution. This is your family that can support you during your time at Uni and after. We will ensure you feel supported and know where you can get the support you need.


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Support and resources:

  • As a University of Plymouth student you have access to your own free, confidential and completely independent Advice Centre. Check out their resources for looking after your wellbeing here.
  • Your Students' Union is built and shaped by you, the students. We support over 600 student representatives who campaign to make your student experience better. If there is something about your student experience that is affecting your wellbeing, speak to one of your representatives. View a full list and directory here.


Find out more about the BARS project Click here