WELFARE AT ROBINSON
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.
THE WELFARE OFFICER
Hi I’m Lydia, a second-year History student, and I’m your Welfare Officer this year!
I co-ordinate the welfare committee and try to make sure that all the welfare officers’ concerns and ideas are heard and, if necessary, passed on to College. I do my best to ensure that everyone is getting the best possible support for their well-being and am generally just someone to talk to.
I run weekly drop-in sessions during term (over zoom at the moment) so everyone has the chance to come and have a (confidential) chat about anything or to ask for help in navigating university mental health services, but if you want to get in touch outside of those times, then feel free to drop me an email and I will reply as soon as I can.
I also keep college stocked with sexual health supplies – found in the welfare cupboard by the library toilets, and will aid the Women’s Officer in keeping the female bathrooms supplied with sanitary products – please email me if either of these things run out!
Hopefully we will be able to host some Welfare events in Easter Term, as a break from exams, but before then I am planning to run a mental health first-aid course during Lent Term, as it was a very popular suggestion in the recent welfare survey!
THE RCSA WELFARE TEAM
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
Our college nurse, Kim, 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 via the link below. You can also email Kim to discuss your needs (firstname.lastname@example.org) ob.rushcliff.com
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@example.com
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
Whatever your difficulty, out college counsellor, Jacqui, is here to listen and help you explore your concerns in a safe and confidential setting. Please book an appointment using the link below. Full Term, Thursdays, 9-5pm
STUDENT ADVICE SERVICE
STUDENT MINDS' SUPPORT GUIDE
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.
BREAKING THE SILENCE
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.
UNIVERSITY COUNSELLING SERVICE
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