Starting at university can be really frightening, but Corpus benefits from four amazing Welfare Officers (if we do say so ourselves) who are always around to help. We make sure that college maintains a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for all students and are there to respond to any concerns. Corpus really is the ‘small and friendly’ college, so do stop us for a chat if you see us around!
Each of us specialises in an area – Male Welfare, Female Welfare, BME Welfare and Gender Neutral Welfare – so we can give the right support, and we’re all trained as Peer Supporters so we have the tools to deal with any problems and concerns that you may have. We are also supported by a lovely team of College staff. There’s Judith, Dean of Welfare; Hanne, the College Nurse; Naomi, the College Doctor; Sara, the College Counsellor; and Colin, the Senior Welfare Tutor.
One of the places you will see us is at Welfare Tea every Saturday afternoon. This is where we provide heaps of free food, tea and support, and has become quite the institution at College. We also run lots of events during our special Welfare Week which occurs every Fifth Week of term, to combat those Fifth Week Blues. We’ve run womxn’s film and pampering nights, ice-cream trips, sports’ day and barbeques, wine and painting evenings and board game nights! Another important job that we have is providing free sexual health supplies and sanitary products, and reimbursement for all emergency contraception. We’re always coming up with new ways to improve Welfare at Corpus and are here for anything you need, so please come say hi!