Hello hello and welcome to our new blog (what a time to be alive ey).
I’ll try to make this short and sweet as physically possible. If you don’t know very much about what we do here at Welfare then hopefully you’ll feel a little more informed after reading this.
Our absolute priority is to be here for you. We are here to support you through every step of your Durham journey and are here to celebrate the highs and ride the lows out with you. This coming year, we are aiming to do this by carrying out our drop-in hours each and every week as usual and being available to contact whenever you need us by various forms of social media or email, as well as running campaigns and plenty of things you can get involved with throughout the year.
We have the wonderful Beth Sutherland as our Female Welfare Officer this year and she is reachable at email@example.com. We also have our delightful Male Welfare Officer, Ewan Swift contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org, followed by myself, Lauren, at email@example.com. Please do not be afraid to contact us, no matter how ‘small’ or ‘insignificant’ your question, query or concern may seem. If it matters to you, then it matters to us (trust me on this one). As of recently, we are also available via the medium of Skype during said drop-in hours (YA students, livers-out and those wanting to remain at home; we got you).
I’m just going to explain a few of the reasons why we have decided to set up the blog. Primarily, we see it as another avenue for us to communicate with and share hopefully helpful and informative content with you. What I would really like, is for this to be a safe space, where Cuth’s students are able to use this as an avenue to voice things they are passionate about; be it their experiences with a mental health disorder or their top tips for coping with stress. Throughout the year, we will be advertising our campaigns in advance and producing related written content (where viable) and if people so wish to write a related piece then we would absolutely love to share your story or experience here. Even if you have something loosely welfare or well-being related that you wish to write about, then hopefully we can cater to you and give you an avenue to explore whatever it may be. At the end of the day, caring is sharing, and if even one of you find peace or comfort in something written here, then it’s been more than worth it. Regarding campaigns, our plan is to accompany campaigns we are running with an accompanying written piece(s) on said subject just to give you that little bit more information and something concrete to look back on.
Back to Welfare in general, the service we are providing you is a confidential (as far as feasibly possible), non-judgemental and safe service for you to share your problems (or if you just want a chat and a cookie) and for us to listen to with our little empathetic ears. We are also here to signpost you (if necessary or desired) to other services we may see fit, who are able to offer personalised advice and guidance to help keep you as healthy and happy as possible. We are act as condom fairies, providing both emergency and non-emergency safe sex supplies, as well as pregnancy tests and attack alarms. In addition, this year we will be beginning to provide sanitary supplies (yay for women). Throughout the year, we will be running a series of campaigns related to issues that the student body face and there will definitely be many a text-in event heading your way and hopefully some collaborations too.
So my short and sweet message has (unsurprisingly) turned out to be rather lengthy. In essence, I wanted to give you a taster of what to expect and reiterate that we are always, always here for you and want the absolute best for you.
Keep looking after yourselves and one another.
All my love,