Here's everything and anything you need to know about Welfare services in Durham!
Who are the JCR Welfare Team?
Kathryn Stockton - Female Welfare Officer
Kathryn, affectionately known as 'Katy', is a third year studying maths at Grey. As Female Welfare Officer she works with David to oversee any and all welfare related things. You'll find Katy playing frisbee, doing yoga or reminiscing about her summer spent in India with DUCK. (Yes you went to India, Katy, but if you didn't do a gap year did you really find yourself?)
David Slade - Male Welfare Officer
David "Shlade", your Male Welfare Officer helps coordinate the welfare team and its events along with Kathryn. In his own words, "I swim like a fish, bruise like a peach, and love a simile". If you’re in need of a good chinwag feel free to grab him, although he promises not to use words like chinwag in person.
"Jazzy " Jasmine Wilkinson is in her second year studying combined honours in social science. Jasmine is a singer/songwriter and will often be found sat somewhere with her guitar, spitting rhymes and laying down lyrical wisdom. She's always in and around college and always up for a cup of tea and a chat, so feel free to come and say hello.
Computer scientist, philosopher and mediocre tennis player, Steve Tatlow is here for you. Once part-time vegetarian, now full-time gym rat, the only thing that comes before gains for Steve is coding, and of course the welfare of Grey College. He also had a fish last year. As it turns out, Steve is also rather good at making freshers' videos for the JCR. Don't hesitate to stop Steve for a chat if you see him around college or on drop in.
Charli is a keen biologist and sailor in her third year at Durham. Although still bitter about living in the shadow of her college brother (welfare's very own David Slade) she's still thrilled to be on the team. Charli is also involved in college netball and hockey and is always happy to chat. Be it in college or on the pitch, stop and say hi!
Owen is a second year engineer who likes to think he's quite funny. As well as being on the welfare team, you may also recognise Owen as Grey College's very own Gym manager. Like everyone on the team, Owen loves to talk, especially about gin, cycling, old books, music and not least your welfare. Come and stop in on a drop in for a brew.
As a self-confessed TV junkie with a penchant for crime dramas, second year psychology student Ellie's ideal night is curling up with a box-set and enjoying a Chinese Takeaway. Out and about, you will most likely find her in 9 Altars (best cake you've ever had in your life) or obsessing over stationery in Paperchase.
What do we supply?
Condoms - 5 for £1
Rape Alarms - £1 each
Pregnancy Tests - Free
Chlamydia Tests - Free
How to get in touch with us:
1. 07729409817 (7am and 9pm)
2. Drop in/Skype (Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm or Saturday 2.00pm - 4.00pm) (grey.welfare) in the college Welfare room (bottom floor Hollingside)
3. Anonymous message system www.dur.ac.uk/grey.welfare/
1. Nightline: This is a student-run confidential listening service that runs every night of term 9pm – 7am, 0191 334 6444, http://community.dur.ac.uk/nightline/
2. University Health Centre: (8:30am – 5pm (Mon-Fri)) 0191 386 5081 University Health Centre, Green Lane, Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JX
3. University Counselling Service: Free service for students, offers a safe space for you to talk about your concerns with a qualified counsellor. (9am – 5pm (Mon-Fri)) 0191 334 2200, firstname.lastname@example.org, found in the Palatine Centre
4. Julie Bushby: Useful point of contact within Grey, she is someone who you can approach for help with academic or welfare-related issues (9am – 5pm (Mon-Fri)) Julie.email@example.com, Office is opposite the JCR common room
But what about postgraduates and mature students?
The MCR is a community of postgrads and mature students. The MCR has its own welfare officers. While the JCR welfare team is open to all, mature students may prefer talking to other mature students about welfare matters. Many postgrads also remain working in Durham during holidays, and so the MCR welfare officers still offer a physical presence in college whilst undergraduates are away.
So what is a campaign week?
The campaign weeks aim to increase awareness and keep everyone in Grey as happy and knowledgeable on welfare matters as possible. So twice a term (or once in third term) the welfare team put on a range of events for you all to enjoy.
SHAG week (expect free condoms)
Substance Awareness week (maybe spot us in Grey bar with free Spikeys)
Mental Health Awareness week (look out for motivational messages)
Work Smart week (find the Welfare Team in the library with free sweets and smiles)
We hope you've learnt a lot about Welfare! Please do come and visit any of us on a drop. Whatever the problem, Welfare is here for you.