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Lewis Macleod is your full-time Communities Officer, running campaigns on community issues such as housing and transport, building links between AUSA and local community groups, as well as co-ordinating student initiatives on issues around environment and ethics. Lewis chairs the AUSA Communities committee and AUSA Environment and Ethics committee and sits on a range of University committees on issues realting to sustainability and local community isseus. 

Each year, sabbatical officers are elected on a platform of what they want to achieve for the year. You can find Lewis' manifesto below: 

Housing 
Cut the Rent campaign for cheaper accommodation. 
Lobby against HMO limits in Aberdeen City 
Tackle illegal letting agency fees 

Resources and Services
More bike stands
Change 9U bus times to Foresterhill 
More student space

Ethical University 
Continue to support University staff and fight job cuts
Oppose PREVENT 
Campaign for Fossil Fuel Divestment 

Local Community & Safety
New volunteering database and more opportunites available
Introduce affordable drug purity testing kits
Schools outreach liberation programme


If you have any questions, or wish to get involved - please get in touch on ausacommunities@abdn.ac.uk or find Lewis on Facebook at www.facebook.org/AusaCommunities, or on Twitter at @ausacommunities

Back to its Roots: The Return of Shared Planet Café

Back to its Roots: The Return of Shared Planet Café

Shared Planet Café has, for over a decade, played a central role in the lives of many here on campus, providing affordable and ethical food for students, staff, and members of the local community. It provided not just an essential service, it created a home-from-home – a place to relax, to socialise, and to politically organise. For years, the café was located in The Chaplaincy, running on Wednesday afternoons, before moving into the students’ association building at the time, Butchart. The association’s move away from Butchart unfortunately halted the running of the cafe, with the kitchen promised to Shared Planet in Johnston deemed ultimately unsuitable for use.
 
In the interim, the fantastic Shared Planet volunteers have ensured that the society remains active in the absence of the kitchen, running The Corner (a food co-operative that provides wholefoods, snacks and toiletries at wholesale prices) and the Vegbag Scheme (an initiative the provides a big bag of local, organic vegetables to students for just £6). To find out more about these great schemes, and how you can get involved, check out the Environment and Ethics section on the AUSA website here: https://www.ausa.org.uk/eande/

In addition, Shared Planet is involved in a variety of local and national campaigns on issues surrounding social and environmental justice: if you want to find out more about the variety of initiatives and campaigns that Shared Planet runs, check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sharedplanetcafe/

Now, all this great work can be further complemented by the return of The Shared Planet Café!

The café is returning back to its roots. In exciting news – Shared Planet will be returning to The Chaplaincy on Wednesday afternoons, with its re-launch on Wednesday 2nd November!

Come along to The Chaplaincy on the 2nd November between 12pm and 3pm to get some cheap, ethical food: soup for only £1, and toasties for only 70p! If you are interested in volunteering for the café, please contact Shared Planet directly through their facebook page, or by emailing the committee on: sharedplanet@abdn.ac.uk

See you all on the 2nd November!

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Lewis Macleod is your full-time Communities Officer, running campaigns on community issues such as housing and transport, building links between AUSA and local community groups, as well as co-ordinating student initiatives on issues around environment and ethics. Lewis chairs the AUSA Communities committee and AUSA Environment and Ethics committee and sits on a range of University committees on issues realting to sustainability and local community isseus. 

Each year, sabbatical officers are elected on a platform of what they want to achieve for the year. You can find Lewis' manifesto below: 

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Cut the Rent campaign for cheaper accommodation. 
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More bike stands
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Continue to support University staff and fight job cuts
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Campaign for Fossil Fuel Divestment 

Local Community & Safety
New volunteering database and more opportunites available
Introduce affordable drug purity testing kits
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