At Castle, one of the ways in which we strive to provide the excellent support system Durham University is famous for is through running Campaigns. These are themed weeks which take place approximately twice a term with the aim of providing information, raising awareness and facilitating a non-judgemental space for conversation within the college environment. Click this link to find the Castle Campaigns Site, dedicated to the welfare and campaigns of college. Here you can find information, contacts and links to the issues discussed:
These campaigns deal with a broad range of issues which are particularly relevant to students in Durham such as mental health, alcohol awareness, sexual health and stress. Ultimately, the aim behind these campaigns is to raise questions, provide information and support students in becoming more informed.
We aim to make each campaign interactive and accessible to every member of the JCR, whether you are studying abroad, living out or living in college. Therefore, as well as organising a wide variety of events within college during the specific weeks,
Facebook, emails and videos also play a vital part in communicating the weeks’ message. University-wide events are also arranged by the DSU and more information about these can be found on the DSU website. This year, the two JCR Exec Welfare Officers aim to focus more on the intersectionality of welfare campaigns, organising a dedicated PoC week working closely with the Durham People of Colour Association, and steer welfare away from food-based events.
If you are affected by any of the issues discussed throughout the year and wish to discuss them, please do not hesitate to get into contact with one of the Welfare Team.