Roses 2019 isn’t just about the sports. We’ve teamed up with the charities Student Minds and Beat to help raise awareness of important issues facing young people today, and Roses will be a platform for these issues to be heard.
Student Minds aims to empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change on campuses.
The University of York Student Minds group will be out and about across the weekend raising funds and asking visitors to write positive wellbeing messages and share these with others. Keep an eye out for their stall at our garden of roses. (see below for more information).
Beat is the leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or other difficulties with food, weight and shape.
Currently, Beat is campaigning for there to be more thorough training given to medical students and Junior Doctors on eating disorders, as current research has shown that ‘UK undergraduate medical students receive less than two hours of teaching on eating disorders, throughout their entire medical degree.’ and, more worryingly, ‘20% of medical schools do not include eating disorders at all in their teaching.’ Sign the petition here to call for eating disorder training for medical students and junior doctors.
In keeping with the causes that both charities support, YUSU has created a mindfulness space on campus during the games. ‘Keeping it Rosy’ is a garden of roses that invites visitors to sit, relax and reflect on their own mental health and take a moment of peace outside of the games.
Here is where both charities will be based, as well as our RAG volunteers who will be selling refreshments. All donations will go to our charity partners.
The Respect the Rose campaign aims to promote an environment that is supportive and safe, allowing our athletes to focus whilst performing on the pitch. At York we believe that sport should be inclusive, fair, and respectful and these values should not be forgotten when it comes to Roses. To convey this message we have enlisted the help of presidents, captains, players and supporters; all united as part of Team York.
Our teams stand for zero tolerance of abuse or discrimination of any kind. During Roses this will be no different. We encourage you to get behind York, and do your best to support our athletes, but be respectful of those in red. It is, after all, a competition and that would be nothing without an opposition.