Welfare Officer

Welfare Officer: Henry Fernandez

The Welfare Officer co-heads the student-run welfare and wellbeing support in Castle, working closely with the Campaigns Officer and a fantastic team of assistant welfare officers. College welfare is primarily a listening and signposting service, offering daily drop-ins and one-on-one support. The team are well trained in active listening and will be able to direct you to places you can get more help. College Welfare is an immediate point of support for Castle students who may need emotional, academic, housing or financial support; we’re here to make sure your time at Durham goes as smoothly as possible. As well as directly talking to the team you can also contact us anonymously. The Welfare and Campaigns Officers will meet weekly with college office to signpost people to university services or arrange extensions for students struggling with deadlines.

As well as offering support, Welfare also provides free sexual health supplies such as condoms, lubricant, dental dams, sanitary supplies, pregnancy tests and even ear plugs & sleeping masks! We ensure all accommodation blocks are well stocked but supplies are also located outside the Welfare Officer’s room in Junction Stairs or can be requested anonymously.

Welfare also run awareness campaigns in college throughout the year; covering topics such as mental health and drinking awareness. We also have specific assistant officers such as the LGBT+ rep, Peoples of Colours Officer, Disabilities Officer etc.

Advice for Fresher’s Week? Throw yourself into things, get involved with as much as possible and try to talk to as many people as possible. But it’s an exhausting week so do look after yourself! That’s what Welfare is for. We will be running drops in through-out the week & Tea & Toast in Owengate Kitchen after nights out. Chat to the super-friendly Freps & get to know the Welfare Team!

(More information can be found in the Standing Orders VI.14, p.15-16)

Hi I’m Henry!

I’m a 3rd year Philosophy student living back in College for my final year. Ask anyone who knows me and they will confirm to you that I love all things college! I’ve thrown myself into the extracurricular opportunities Castle provides. I’ve been involved with the Ents & June Ball Committees & The Undercroft Bar & Security Committee, which is a great way to get to know people and earn some money. I was also the captain for the Tennis B-Team, I organised the College Stash order last year (I have an obscene amount of stash) & somehow ended up in the CCFS 19 (the college fashion show) without tripping up on stage!

I pride myself as a friendly & approachable individual, so feel free to chat to me at any time about literally anything! I’m always happy for a chat with a nice cuppa or a cheap pint in the Undie!

My ‘on-duty’ hours are 9am-9pm during which I can be contacted on Facebook, via the Anonymous Posting System or on my email castle.welfareofficer@durham.ac.uk

For more information about welfare and to meet the team, head to the pages linked below:


The Welfare Team