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

Sophie Pinto

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

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, the job of providing free and inclusive sexual health supplies is also mine. 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. I’m often in college and may even be able to provide tea and biscuits!

Sam Maynard

Assistant Welfare

E-mail: samuel.b.maynard@durham.ac.uk

Being the Assistant Welfare involves being the port of call for all JCR members who need non-judgemental and confidential assistance on any welfare issues. Along with the other welfare officers, I will provide sexual health supplies to the college, which will be kept just outside my door. I'm also there for anyone who wants a chat about anything in particular, whether it be a welfare issue or the latest football results, there will likely be snacks as well!

Freya Tovey

Livers' Out Represenrative

E-mail: freya.tovey@durham.ac.uk

Representing Livers out in welfare meetings and providing support to Livers out and other Chad's students

Georgiana Mulvey and Jennifer Wright

Joint Welfare Campaigns Officers

E-mail: georgiana.mulvey.ac.uk, jennifer.l.wright@durham.ac.uk

We help distribute of info about DSU campaign weeks, and helping organise relevant events with other members of the committee and soccomm. We attend welfare committee meetings and liaising with the welfare officers. Furthermore, we keep close liaison with the disability, LGBTA and international students' representative and social secretary. Finally, we help the welfare office to provide important info to the JCR regarding welfare issues with particular focus on DSU welfare campaigns.


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.