Welcome to PotterSoc!
Us last year at the society fair!
For this year, we are aiming to run socials bi-weekly (and if extra desire for socials is wanted, we're more than happy to fit some in!) As COVID has affected the society along with many others, we're mainly hosting our socials online with some in-person socials depending on circumstances. If you have any ideas for games nights in particular that can be hosted online, feel free to drop us a message to our Social Media pages!
Games Night! A quick game of Cards Against Muggles to get minds flowing...
Our White T-Shirt Social, a great way to meet people at the beginning of the year!
We hope to hold larger quiz events and joint events throughout the year, all raising money for our chosen charities, the Harry Potter Alliance and The Trevor Project!
COVID-19 and the Harry Potter Society
This year and its trials and tribulations have had a major effect on how we as a society, and a society especially part of such a wonderful student community as the one here in Plymouth, operate moving forward. Since lockdown in March earlier this year, our society activities have already been affected, with things like the Annual General Meeting being held online, and any committee meetings going on are held via either Zoom or Facebook Messenger.
With this in mind, we wanted to let you know how this affects us as a society, and what we will be doing to support you should you choose to join or return to us this year as a member.
First of all, the main thing to remember is that we will always have the safety of you, our members, at the core of our activities. Over the course of the next month or so, our new committee will be undergoing training that allows us to work best for you, our members, in terms of physical events and online events, the latter being the main way we will host events as a society. As a whole, the University has put in place a two-meter social distancing rule throughout the campus, and face masks will be compulsory for any events or social interactions unless you have a necessary exemption from wearing them.
Freshers Week will be an online event this time around, so keep an eye out on social media as we will be updating you more on the things we do! The SU are also going to have an information desk in place during Freshers Week, so that you are able to get help and advice easily and safely. As well as this, the beginning of term can often be a difficult one in terms of mental health and wellbeing, whether you’re a returning student or a fresher. There are various wellbeing services online, which you can check out here: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/student-services/counselling
When it comes to trips and activities, we are keeping an eye on the latest news surrounding the Coronavirus – as our trips are UK-centric anyway we do not need to worry too much about flights out of the country or isolating after travel. However, we may need to limit trip numbers due to the virus itself, and depending on our accommodation choices. We will keep you updated on this as more details become known, but it may be likely that we will fly for one of the potential trips as it is cheaper to do so than take the train.
For volunteering, please keep an eye out on our social media pages (namely the Facebook members page) and your student emails. We will be giving details of these activities through these mediums first, and if there are any questions then feel free to either email us or send us a message on Facebook – we are more than happy to help you out!
Lastly, if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus that present themselves before a physical event, please isolate yourself following the government guidelines, and order a free swab test to check if you have Coronavirus by following this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/. Make sure to do this within the first five days of symptoms being displayed, so that you can get the best results possible. If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus after a physical event, then please report it via the Track and Trace methodology. There will be support in place for using that through the university, so make sure you are up to date on how to use this system.
We hope you are keeping well and cannot wait to see you in September!
Who's behind the magic of PotterSoc? Meet your committee for the year!
- Chair- Ellinor Lennie (Head of Ravenclaw)
- Secretary- Ellie Balsdon (Head of Hufflepuff)
- Health&Safety- Wilfred Mobbs (Head of Slytherin)
- Treasurer- Gillian Cooper (Head of Gryffindor)
Trailer for 2020/21
While you're here, why not check out our official trailer for this year?
Find us on social media!
Register your interest for the year here: https://forms.gle/S9GHNbZkz5793NkE8