Scroll to the bottom of the page for some extra welfare links!
You’ve done it; you’ve planted your feet on the most mystical lands of all: St. Aidan’s College, The Rainbow College and King of the Hill! I’m Joanna Welsh, your JCR Senior Welfare Officer for the coming year. My pronouns are she/her and I’m a third year Classics student here at Durham. Oh, and I’m incredibly happy to have called St Aidan’s College my home for the past two years.
So, what is this Welfare I speak of?
The Welfare Committee here at St. Aidan’s, consists of friendly, non-judgmental, and approachable students, with the aim:
As Senior Welfare Officer, I head the Welfare Committee, and am supported by all of them: Saoirse, Jo, Tom, Nanki, Oda and Su. Together, we run Welfare, which is essentially a peer listening and support service; run by students, for students. Our aim is to be here with you (not for you). The university package entails an astonishingly large array of emotions and scenarios. Therefore, I want you to really understand that there’s no definition for what counts as ‘worthy of support’. We’re all tackling life the best that we can, with the resources we have at each given moment.
If you have any problems or worries, I will be around for the entire year, and really nothing is too big or small. You can catch me around college, in-person during my drop-ins, contact me online (send me an email at [email protected] or message me on Facebook), or by arrangement. Every day of the week, contact hours are held by one of the team in the welfare room (the curve side, above the dining hall), during which you can drop by and chat about a problem, take a break from the hustle and bustle of life, ask a question of a well-seasoned Aidanite or enjoy a nice, relaxing cup of tea an biscuits. There are bountiful free welfare supplies outside the welfare office, which include condoms, dental dams, lube, pregnancy tests and menstrual products. Simply stroll over to our door and take what you need.
Durham University’s support networks are extensive: if we don’t have an answer to any welfare related issue, we can signpost you to plenty of other welfare services. I don’t want to overwhelm you with all their names, so for more info on where you can get support in Durham, check out the poster below or in the JCR!
St Aidan’s is a community like no other that I have known and is has given me more experiences than I can even attempt to count to be grateful for. There’s a vast variety of people here, with a place for everyone – trust me when I say, it’s only a matter of time before you find yours so don’t worry if it makes a little time. To shamelessly plagiarize JK Rowling - help will always be given at Aidan’s, to those who ask for it.
I’m always here for all of you,
P.S. If this sounds like your jam, a couple of positions are going up soon, including: First Year Rep, Mature Students Rep, Disability Rep, Media Rep and several Ordinary Members.