A group of community spirited Middlesex students from all over the world have become the first to enrol on a University project set up to help the local neighbourhood.
Nearly 100 students have signed up to work with organisations like the London Borough of Barnet and the police along with local schools, charities and voluntary organisations.
Middlesex University's Head of Security, Paul Manning, who set up the team, said: "First and foremost this is about giving something back to our local community but everybody benefits as the students boost their CV with evidence of the volunteering projects they have worked on."
"The students also get training in skills like first aid, fire marshalling, drug and alcohol awareness and safety/security, which will ensure they are well prepared to work with local organisations who need help with events."
London Borough of Barnet Cabinet member for Environment, Cllr Dean Cohen, joined the Middlesex Community Support Team to help launch their first project to spruce up the streets around the Hendon Campus. The Council is providing training and equipment as part of the initiative.
The students will also be out and about helping the Police issue home safety information in the run up to Christmas.
This is the latest in a range of initiatives which aim to build relationships with local people. Last year the University began working with Barnet police officers to provide community safety advice sessions for local residents and businesses with police also on hand to give useful home security tips to students living in rented accommodation for the first time.
Photo: Cllr Dean Cohen, Barnet Cabinet member for Environment (front 2nd from right, holding brush) meets up with one of the teams on Greyhound Hill in Hendon.