Female Welfare Officer
Jasmine Wilkinson

Heya! I’m Jaz, a sociology/philosophy finalist, and I’m so chuffed to be your Female Welfare Officer. I’ve just returned from my yah abroad in Slovenia (not as rogue as it sounds) and live in college so I’ll never be far away. I’m a singer/guitarist and love running in my spare time – I find both to be great stress relievers. I’m a northerner so love a good brew and chat, and I can’t wait to meet as many of you as possible. See you soon :)


Recent Posts

More info, LGBTQ+ Sexual Health and World AIDs Day
Emily Thomas (Female Welfare Officer)Fri Dec 01 2017 17:02:23 GMT+0000 (GMT)

Kit and Liam have some more useful information on STIs and have written a bit about LGBTQ+ Sexual Health and services avaiable, please have a read:


We hope you are enjoying SHAG week so far! 🌟Today we are focusing on Chlamydia, Thrush, LGBTQ+ sexual health and C-Cards.



Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK, with 202,546 cases in 2016 in England.

Chlamydia is more common in women, and the contrary is true for Gonorrhoea.

Chlamydia is a leading cause of death in koalas (along with deforestation so remember to recycle!!)

The initial symptoms of chlamydia often go unnoticed, so health professionals recommend being proactive and having regular STI checks.

Chlamydia is very treatable and can be cured by a short course of antibiotics. The NHS also offer free Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests, which can be ordered online at the following link:,-children-and-sexual-health/sexual-health-services/free-online-testing.aspx. These tests can be delivered to your door and are completely confidential.

Welfare also supply free Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests, which involve just a quick wee in a cup! Don’t forget, we have free coffee, tea and hot chocolate (if you don’t quite need the loo when you come down!).



Thrush can affect both men and women, but it is far more common in women.

3/4 women will experience thrush at some point in their lives.

Thrush is not strictly an STI, but can come on after sex.

There are various types of thrush including vaginal thrush and oral thrush.

Thrush occurs when the fungus, candida albicans, which usually lives in harmony with other bacterias in the warm, moist areas of the body such as the genital area and mouth, becomes overgrown and induces thrush symptoms.

Whilst thrush can usually be treated with over-the-counter medicines, sometimes a prescription from the GP is necessary, particularly if this is your first experience of it. Here are the NHS’s guides to thrush in women, men and oral thrush - what the common symptoms are, how to treat it and when to see a doctor.




Research has shown that LGBTQ+ individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma and discrimination which can have negative affects on both their physical and mental health.


The NHS recommends that EVERYONE who is sexually active, but particularly gay and bisexual men should have a sexual health check up at least every six months. This is important as with some STIs there are no symptoms.


Gay men are at higher risk of HIV and other STDs, this is especially true amongst ethnic minorities in the UK.

Lesbian and bisexual women are susceptible STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia.

Lesbian women are less likely to get preventative services for cancer.


All the information that has been previously sent around about sexual health is just as applicable to LGBT individuals as it is to others. But for some more specific resources for members of the LGBT community, this NHS website is a good place to start:,-children-and-sexual-health/sexual-health-services/lesbian,-gay,-bisexual-and-trans-services-(lgbt-services).aspx

This is a really useful source with various health fact sheets,  information and further links to supporting organisations.

For more advice, support and information the LGBT Foundation can be a really useful resource as well, it also has a helpline and email support service:


Our local sexual health clinic is St. Margaret’s Health Centre in Crossgate, but here is a link to the various centres around County Durham that can help you decide which service is the best place for you, if you need it.,-children-and-sexual-health/sexual-health-services/which-clinic-is-right-for-me.aspx.


Today is World AIDs Day and we will be having a film night in the welfare room watching 'Philadelphia' so please join us! xx 

🎉SHAG Week🎉, one of the best and most highly informative weeks of the academic year.
Emily Thomas (Female Welfare Officer)Wed Nov 29 2017 14:16:59 GMT+0000 (GMT)

SHAG stands for sexual health and guidance and the welfare team are hoping to raise awareness of sexual health issues and how you can access services. We are holding some events and sending some emails you might be interested in.


Please make use of the SHAG pack on your corridors and the leaflets given.


Watch out for DIAL A DOUGHNUT this evening – ask a q about sexual health and get a doughnut delivered to an place (within college) of your choice xx


Frazer and Tom’s Short Guide to three common STIs:




This is a bacterial STI that can be passed on during sexual intercourse, though around 50% of women and 10% of men don’t experience symptoms so can be easily missed. 

For women, burning sensation whilst urinating, pain in the lower abdomen during or after sex and bleeding are the the vital symptoms observed. 

For men, white or yellow discharge from the tip of the penis, tender testicles and a burning sensation when urinating are the vital symptoms observed.

Gonorrhoea is easily diagnosed with a urine test and a quick swab, then a course of antibiotics to get rid of it quickly and easily!


Genital warts


This is a viral infection that causes small fleshy growths on the skin around the genital or anal area. Being the second most common STI in the UK, it’s surprising to find that you can pick up this through mere skin to skin contact. 

If you notice and redness or bleeding in that area, consult your local GP as there are several treatments available for you.




This too is a viral infection that causes cold sores, typically painful blisters or sores develop which can cause itching and tingling.

Once you are infected, the virus remains dormant but it is controlled through antiviral medicines and can be manageable over time. 

Welcome to Welfare
Kathryn Stockton (Female Welfare Officer)Sun Oct 23 2016 20:43:02 GMT+0100 (BST)

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.

Jasmine Wilkinson
"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.

Steve Tatlow
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 Lennox
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 Haylock
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.

Ellie Downham
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

Other contacts:

1. Nightline: This is a student-run confidential listening service that runs every night of term 9pm – 7am, 0191 334 6444,
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,, 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)), 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. 
Topics include:
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.