Welfare Officer

Welfare Officer: Emmet Ferguson

The Welfare Officer co-heads the brilliant student-run Welfare Team within Castle alongside the Campaigns Officer. College Welfare forms the immediate point of support for Castle students and is primarily a listening and signposting service for anyone who may need emotional, academic, housing or financial support. We are all readily accessible, contactable and discreet, and are here to support you throughout your time at Durham. In addition to speaking to us directly, we also run an Anonymous Messaging System (UCWelfare) for anyone who would prefer to contact us this way.

As well as offering welfare support for students, we also run some fun activities and campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness of different causes – getting as many people in College involved as possible. These campaigns cover a whole spectrum of topics such as alcohol and mental health awareness, sexual health and events coordinated by specific members of the team such as a Culture week, Pride week and mindfulness sessions to name just 3. We also provide free sexual and reproductive health supplies such as condoms, lubricant, dental dams, sanitary supplies, pregnancy tests, ear plugs and sleeping masks which can be discretely accessed. These are located in a box in Norman Gallery and are also distributed throughout the accommodation blocks termly and can be requested anonymously.

(More information can be found in the Standing Orders VI(6.14), p.16-17)

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My ‘on-duty’ hours are 9am-9pm, but you can always send me an email at castle.welfareofficer@durham.ac.uk or message the Anonymous Posting System (UCWelfare).

For more information about welfare and to meet the team, head to the page linked here: The Welfare Team