The Welfare team is here to support you as much or as little as you need. The team is split into several dedicated roles (Welfare, Women's, Men's, LGBT+, BME, Mental Health and Disabled Students, and Overseas Students) and hopefully you'll feel comfortable approaching someone on the team if you need help.
Cambridge can be an overwhelming place, so a large part of the RCSA welfare teams role is running regular welfare events all year round. These events (think cakes, dogs and everything else wholesome) allow you just to take a minute out of your day and pause. Your welfare should always be your priority, and we're here to help with that. As a team, we will also be holding discussions and events with a more educational or political basis, with the aim of us all learning from each other to reach a better understanding of how best to support one another.
Hi, I’m Phoebe, a second-year History student your Welfare Officer! I oversee the whole Welfare Team here, and will try my best to help you at all times. I hold drop-in sessions, but feel free to send me an email, facebook message or use the welfare form on this website to contact me anytime. Everything you say to me will remain non-judgemental and completely confidential (unless the situation requires otherwise) - and I have a lot of tea.
I also keep college stocked with sexual health supplies of all kinds! I can register students to the C-Card scheme (that provides free sexual health supplies to young people under the age of 25), and the welfare cupboard near the library toilets has a limited stock of emergency supplies. Myself and the Women’s Officer will also keep the female bathrooms supplied with sanitary products – please message us if either of these things run out.
I will be holding Welfare events throughout the year and hope that these will give you a chance to take a break from hectic Cambridge life, and learn more about wellbeing. Welfare is also a political role, and I will be campaigning for better standards within college and the university as a whole.
We are always here to help and we keep everything you say confidential. The RCSA works with CUSU to ensure that all of our welfare team can offer impartial advice and signpost students to the best sources of help. We all have designated drop-in sessions every week where you can come and see us, and you can always message us.
Your tutor is there to support you. If you have any concerns, especially in exam season, your tutor is there to help you. If for any reason you do not get on well with your assigned tutor or would feel more comfortable discussing things with someone else, it is perfectly fine for you to change tutor. E-mail David Woodman or myself to help you do this.
The college nurse is always a good first port of call whenever you're concerned about your mental or physical health. You can book an appointment with her between 4-5pm every weekday or attend her drop-in hours which are 5-6pm Monday-Thursday or 3-4pm on a Friday. [email protected]
Simon Perry is often a popular source of support who will happily chat to you regarding any problems or issues you might be experiencing. You do not have to be of a Christian faith or any faith to contact him for help; he is another source for general pastoral support. [email protected]
The Porters are always looking out for students, many of them have been here for extended periods of time seeing many students come and go. If you feel panicked or worried about something or are unsure of what to do the porters are always there 24/7 and will never turn you away if looking for help. You can call the Porters office on 01223 339100.
If you want a second opinion or wish to talk with a professional for guidance you can always book an appointment with your GP. If you've registered with the Newnham Walk surgery this can be done online. www.newnhamwalksurgery.nhs.uk
The student advice service offers free, confidential, and impartial support to all Cambridge University students . You can go to them with any issues that you have - whether personal or academic.
17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Student Minds is a charity with the aim of supporting student Mental Health and normalising discussion on the topic. This is an amazing website for finding the right support in Cambridge.
Nightline is an independent listening, support and information service run for and by students. It aims to provide every student with the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence.
This is the University's campaign against sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct. This website has all the information, including the Sexual Harassment form and an anonymous form. Both myself and the Women's officer have training to help if this affects you.
Staffed by a team of trained and accredited counsellors and therapists the UCS offers free advice and counselling to students and staff of the university. The UCS offers one on one sessions as well as group classes.
2-3 Bene't Place, Cambridge