We run at least one drop-in a day during term time, and have different types of drop-ins to cater for everyone’s needs. Some are designed for a casual chat or tea break and others are there so you can approach a welfare member on a one to one basis.
The exact timing of each drop in, who is running the session and where it will be held is publicised throughout term on the Castle Welfare Facebook account and the Castle Freshers’ Facebook page.
Daily drop-ins run for two hours every day. These are designed for a casual, informal chat with people from a range of year groups and friendship circles. They are perfect for a study break with tea and snacks usually provided. Absolutely everyone is welcome and encouraged to pop in as it’s a good opportunity to get to know the members of the welfare team.
Evening drop-ins will run two evenings a week from 7pm – 9pm. These drop ins are a chance to approach a member of the welfare team on a one to one basis (or in the company of a friend for moral support if that makes you feel more comfortable). During an evening drop in once someone has entered the room to chat to a member of the team a sign will be placed on the door to notify others that the room is in use and not to enter. If you’d rather not talk in person, you can also contact welfare through Facebook messenger, video call or by ringing the welfare phone during this time and a sign will also be placed on the door so you can be ensured you have the welfare member’s undivided attention.
Livers out drop-ins:
Living out of college can bring about a whole new range of issues, whether that’s arguments with housemates, financial and budgeting stresses or problems with your landlord. However big or small the issue the welfare team is here to help. Every Saturday there will be a drop in hosted at the Jumping Bean Café (5 Neville Street, Durham, DH1 4EY) aimed specifically at liver’s out, whether you’d like a casual chat or to open up about any problems.
Tea and Toast:
There will be occasional ‘tea and toast’ sessions run during the evenings, including during Freshers’ Week, in Owengate kitchen. Tea and Toast provides a chilled out environment, perfect for lining your stomach pre or post Klute!
We have two amazing welfare dogs: Blackjack and Jolene. They’re around throughout the year for welfare walks and cuddle sessions, check Facebook and snapchats for updates about where and when.