A warm welfare welcome from your Welfare Officers!
Emily Durling: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Carling: email@example.com
Welfare covers a very broad range of areas, and we are here for you no matter what. Stressed about an essay, struggling with mental health, feeling a little lonely, grieving, confused by Cambridge, worried about a friend, wondering where to find a particular group, not sure whom to turn to or what help to get – we are all ears.
We don’t always know all the answers, but we have the resources to find them or point you in the right direction. We also have regular meetings with the Senior Tutor Dr Hunt, the JCR Liaison Committee with a group of tutors, and we attend the Governing Body meetings, where things are discussed on a larger scale with all Fellows, so we can bring up issues and do our best to make a change. The wider CUSU committee of Welfare, Access, Women’s, Disabilities, and LGBT+ Officers are a great resource too, and we work closely with them to make sure we help you as best we can.
One thing we cannot stress enough is that we cannot help you if we do not know what is wrong. Just because you may feel like you don’t know us well should not prevent you from seeking out help or just coming to talk to us if you need anything. Send us an email, drop a note in our Pidge, or message us on Facebook, and we can talk online or meet in person at a cafe on in the welfare room – however you feel most comfortable.
We also encourage you to come to us if you are concerned about a friend – we can give you assistance and guidance even if we don’t know who the person is – although the best is for your friend to contact us themselves.
Everything you tell a Welfare Officer is confidential, which means we do not share anything with anyone unless you explicitly ask us to or give us permission.
It is important to remember that welfare is not just for so-called ‘big’ issues or for ‘fixing’ something. Welfare is also daily and preventative, and involves looking after yourself both mentally and physically and looking out for others. We have regular teas (sometimes featuring something special like an ice cream party!) where anyone can drop in, chat to us, bring a friend, meet someone new, or just have a yum break. We’ve also got a weekly ‘timetable’ that we send out featuring interesting events anyone can go to – we’ll update it every week, so feel free to send us an event in advance, whether it’s regular or a one-off, and we will include it!
Finally, because there is so much to cover, we have a full Welfare Committee. We are proud to have such a comprehensive team, covering everything from mental health to disabilities, LGBTQ+ to faith, BME to sexual health, and separate men’s and women’s officers.