Third Week Welfare Notices
Happy third week! Here are your welfare notices for the next seven days. As always, any comments, suggestions, or cake-related feedback, please get in touch!
1. Welfare Tea
Every Friday at 4pm in the MCR. Come along for free tea, cake, coffee and chat :) If you'd like to bake a cake for welfare tea, please do get in touch! Shout out to Mat Veal for his amazing orange sponge cake last Friday, and to Aida for so kindly helping me clear up afterwards! Thank you!
Every Thursday, 6pm, EPA. Come along for 20 minutes each of cardio, strength and stretching. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your fitness level. Please wear appropriate sports clothing and trainers, yoga mats are provided and class is free!
3. Welfare Supplies
Condoms are available in the laundry rooms at Bear Lane, EPA and Little Clarendon Street. These are technically for 'emergencies' only, so please don't stock pile them in your rooms! If they run out, please let us know and we will replace them asap. If you would like any other sexual health supplies, including pregnancy tests and attack alarms - please get in touch with one of us (email us, or pidge us a note) and we will discretely pidge you what you need.
4. Student Mental Health Panel at the Oxford Union
It is estimated that 50% of Oxford students experience mental health difficulties. This panel of prestigious speakers - including Dr. Nicola Byron and Stephen K Amos - will address the current 'crisis' in student mental health. Tuesday, 8-9pm, at The Oxford Union. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/189037774871181/
5. Exam Panic
This new website, produced by the university counselling service, is designed to help students manage feelings of panic around exams and studying: http://exampanic.co.uk/
6. Counselling Service Podcasts
The University Counselling Service provides a selection of podcasts providing advice for a number of 'common' problems or concerns that Oxford students may face. You can download the podcasts to your phone or iPod and listen at your convenience! More here: https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/counselling/self-help/podcasts?wssl=1
7. Student Minds Group Facilitators - Applications now openGroup facilitators are central to Student Minds; they run university-based support groups, providing their peers with time and space to talk openly. Oxford Student Minds is looking for motivated, enthusiastic and empathetic people who are keen to develop new skills while supporting peers facing mental health difficulties. If this appeals to you, consider training to be a group facilitator! More info here: http://www.studentminds.org.uk/peer-support-application-and-training.html
8. Student Minds Blog
Student Minds runs a blog written by students, for students. The blog deals with a wide variety of topics relating to mental health - this week Caitlin writes about her experiences of Fresher's Week as an 'anxious introvert'. You might want to consider writing for the blog yourself! More here: http://studentmindsorg.blogspot.co.uk/
If there's anything at all we can do to help you this week, please get in touch. Jochen is currently in Germany, but can be contacted by email (especially in the middle of the night, since he's working horribly long and unsociable hours in a lab somewhere in deepest darkest Hamburg...) You can also get in touch with any of our lovely peer supporters; their contact details are on the attached poster.
Take care everyone :)
Rose and Jochen xx