The role of the welfare team within college is to provide a listening service whether for information, to talk about a certain issue, or just for a chat.
How does College Welfare Work? Coming to uni is a very exciting time, but it can also be really daunting and unnerving. Though most people are very happy most of the time, there are those who are not whether you are missing home, having trouble settling in or have something else on your mind. That’s where the college welfare team come in. We provide a 24-hour, confidential listening service to allow you to come and talk to another student about anything whether you are simply bored and fancy a chat or there is something else is bothering you. We don’t just talk to people about the big things, we are there to help with any problems of any size. We also have loads of information leaflets and we can point you in the right direction if you need contact details for hospitals, clinics or professional advice.
So, how do you find us? The team are always around college, in the bar, at bops, in the JCR or at meals, and you should be able to recognise us from the photos up on the boards around college, and on this website. We will be around during freshers week so hopefully all freshers will soon know our faces. Our numbers and email addresses are up on welfare notice boards around college. Please visit our Facebook page to stay up to date with useful information, events and campaigns!
As Welfare Officer, it is my role to be a first port of call when supporting all members of the J.C.R with all welfare related issues, along with the rest of the Welfare Committee. This support will be non-judgmental, non-advisory and confidential where possible. I will also be able to signpost relevant services and organisations for specific issues. In addition, I will also be in charge of providing free sexual health and sanitary supplies to the JCR. If there is anything you want to come and see me about, or if you just want to come and say hi, have a chat and get to know me, you are always welcome!
As Assistant Welfare, my role is to be a port of call for all JCR members looking for non-judgemental and, where possible, confidential support with any welfare-related issue. It’s my job to distribute free sexual health and sanitary supplies to college and to work with the rest of the Welfare Committee to organise welfare-related events. If there’s anything troubling you, if you’d like information about other local support services, or if you just want to come and have a chat (tea and biscuits included!) then don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ll often be around college or you can drop me a message anytime.
Assistant Welfare (Livers Out)
As the Livers’ Out Assistant Welfare Officer, my primary role is to offer accessible non-judgemental, non-advisory, and confidential (where possible) listening support to all members of the JCR, with a particular focus on livers out. This may also include signposting to other services when appropriate. I also represent livers out in welfare meetings and campaigns to ensure these Chadsians have fair and equal access to support and wellbeing events. Along with the rest of the welfare officers, I also offer and distribute the full range of sexual health and sanitary supplies. I’m always here for any member of the JCR, whether you’d like to talk about a particular issue or have a friendly chat about nothing in particular, often with tea and biscuits!
As the Welfare Campaigns Representative, I help distribute of info about DSU campaign weeks, and helping organise relevant events with other members of the committee and SocComm. I attend welfare committee meetings and liaise with the welfare officers. Furthermore, I keep close liaison with the disability, LGBTA+ and international students' representative and social secretary. Finally, I help the welfare office to provide important info to the JCR regarding welfare issues with particular focus on DSU welfare campaigns.
Durham Counselling Service:
Run by a team of trained practitioners. They can help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during your studies at University. You will always find them on the ground floor of the Palatine Centre, opposite the reception area.
Tel: 0191 33 42200
This is a service run by students for students. You can reach them every night of term from 9pm to 7am to chat about anything you like. You will find their phone number on the back of your campus card, or you can message them via their website/Facebook:
Tel: 0191 334 6444 or on the back of your campus card.
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