Welcome to the welfare section of the JCR website! Hopefully this website will be a good resource for you, but it is no substitute for having a chat with somebody. We're always around to talk - feel free to get in touch. You can visit us in the welfare room, call us on 07729409817 or use our anonymous online support system.
University can be a very exciting time, but it also can be really daunting and unnerving. Though people might be very happy most of the time, there are sometimes those who are not. That's where the college welfare team come in. We provide a confidential, listening, support and signposting service to allow you to come and talk to another student. You can talk to the welfare team about literally anything even if you just fancy a chat. 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. The team also organise and run campaign weeks in college from SHAG (Sexual Health and Guidance) week to Mental Health Awareness Week. The aim of these is to promote awareness and provide members of college with useful information.
We run welfare hours 3 times a week, in the evening/afternoon, during which anyone can drop in to talk to the team member on duty about anything, in confidence. Welfare hours are held in the Welfare Room which is located on the bottom floor of Hollingside, opposite the laundry room. You can find out which member of the team is running the drop-ins by looking at the rota which is emailed out to college. They are held on Tuesday and Thursday 6.30-8.30pm and Saturday 2-4pm. Alternatively you can contact us on the welfare phone (07729409817).
You can also use the anonymous online support system to send an anonymous message to the Male and Female Welfare Officers from whom you should receive a reply from within 24 hours. Click here to access this service.
So make sure you all look out for the welfare team we are here to support you any time you need it, to make sure everyone enjoys their university experience as much as they can.
Free pregnancy tests can be taken from the welfare room at any time during drop in. The test is very simple and only takes a few minutes. Please contact a member of the welfare team if you would like a test out of drop in hours or would like them to help you.
In the same way we offer free chlamydia tests - these can be done in your own time and dropped down to the Durham SU. Results come back quite quickly. We have an awareness week when we encourage people to get the test done, but you can get one at any time from the welfare room.
Condoms can be bought from the condom machines around college, 3 for a pound. These machines can be found in the laundry room on the bottom floor of Hollingside, just opposite the welfare room, in the laundry room in Oswald East and in the laundry room in Elvet. Alternatively, you can buy condoms, including latex free condoms, 5 for a pound, from the welfare room during drop ins.
Would you like to get involved in welfare? Whilst at Durham, there are several opportunities to get involved in welfare: be at Grey, through Nightline or Durham SU.
The new Welfare team will be picked during the second term of the year. The Male and Female Welfare Officers will also be elected during Epiphany term and anyone who would like to run for the roles can stand for either Male or Female Welfare Officer.
If you would like to apply to be on the Welfare team or run for the role as a Welfare Officer – feel free to get in touch with the current team to answer any question you might have.
Nightline run a training weekend during the first term and again in the second term, that aims to teach you listening skills and gives you the chance to become a Nightliner. Even if you do not want to become a volunteer for Nightline, the training weekend is really beneficial and useful for anyone to take part in.
We ask that those who become member of the welfare team have been on the weekend.
The President is a sabbatical officer, employed by the college to oversee the JCR and ensure it runs properly.
Their main role is to act as a representative of the JCR to other bodies, such as the SCR, College and the wider University as well as external bodies should the need arise. To this end they sit on a number of University Committees as well as Grey College Council. They are also Ex-Offico members of all the committees in the College and the JCR and sit on them when required.
A few more particular duties include performing the First Year Room Ballot with the Assistant Senior Tutor, organising college parenting, organising Burst the Bubble Trips and the prestigious President's Guest Night, a large dinner-dance during Epiphany Term.