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.

Welfare Committee

Welfare Officer

Chloe Hellier

E-mail: chloe.hellier@durham.ac.uk

As Welfare Officer, it is my job to be there for any member of the JCR should they require support. Along with the Welfare Committee, I am there to provide confidential and non-judgmental support to the JCR. I can signpost you to organisations and University services for specific queries, or give you free sexual health supplies. You are always, always welcome to come and see me for a chat or a cup of tea and a biscuit. I’m always around college so feel free to come chat to let me know how you are finding Chad’s life!


Ben Dodds

Assistant Welfare Officer

E-mail: a.b.dodds@durham.ac.uk

As Assistant Welfare Officer I act as a port of call for any member of the JCR requiring non-advisory, non-judgemental and 100% confidential support. Alongside Chloe, Evie and Sophie I help look after student welfare within Chad's, with the aim of making sure you can have the best time possible in your time at Durham. I'm always there to listen if you want to talk, whether that's because you've got a problem or if you just fancy a chat, so please always feel free to come up to me in College or to knock on my door (Epiphany 10). I also help provide emergency sexual health supplies, so if you need to find me, just look for the bag of condoms hanging from the door!

Evie Griffiths

Livers' Out Welfare

E-mail: evie.griffiths@durham.ac.uk

As Livers Out Welfare Officer, I represent any issues or concerns from livers out at welfare meetings in addition to being available to Chadsians needing support. My role also entails being confidential, non-advisory and non-judgemental. Come around to 57 Whinney Hill, find me around college or message me to have a chat or just make use of my plentiful supply of cake and biscuits!

Sophie Pinto

Campaigns Officer

E-mail: sophie.p.pinto@durham.ac.uk

My role is to be an active member of the welfare committee while focusing on organising campaigns within college. This also includes working in collaboration with the Disabilities and LGBTQ+ Reps of St Chads as well with the DSU where appropriate.

Natasha Stones

Disabilities Representative

E-mail: natasha.f.stones@durham.ac.uk

Jess Frieze

LGBTA Representative

E-mail: jessica.a.frieze@durham.ac.uk

My name is Jess and I am the JCR’s LGBT+ Rep. My job is to provide support for any member of Chad’s who needs it. In addition, I organise social events, aim to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and work with the Welfare team in campaigns around college. I am happy to chat with anyone, whether you identify as LGBT+ or not, and no question is too big, too small or too stupid. Look out for socials throughout the year, plus the Durham LGBT+ Association Monday social in Cuth's Bar, which I will always be happy to attend with you- any excuse for a drink, after all...

External Support

Durham Nightline

Logo4Durham Nightline is a university wide listening service, open every night of term between 9pm and 7am. Their number can be found on the back of your Campus Card, and you can also find our number on your DUO homepage.