Welfare Officer

Welfare Officer: Bechan Davies (She/Her)

The Welfare Officer co-heads the brilliant student-run Welfare Team within Castle alongside the Welfare (Head of Campaigns) Officer. College Welfare forms the immediate point of support for Castle students and is primarily a listening and signposting service for anyone who may need emotional, academic, housing or financial support. We are all readily accessible, contactable and discreet, and are here to support you throughout your time at Durham. In addition to speaking to us directly, we also run an Anonymous Messaging System (UCWelfare) for anyone who would prefer to contact us this way.

As well as offering welfare support for students, we also run some extremely fun activities and campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness of different causes – getting as many people in College involved as possible. These campaigns cover a whole spectrum of topics such as alcohol and mental health awareness, sexual health and events coordinated by specific members of the team such as a POC week, BSL workshops and mindfulness sessions to name just 3. We also provide free sexual and reproductive health supplies such as condoms, lubricant, dental dams, sanitary supplies, pregnancy tests, ear plugs and sleeping masks which can be discretely accessed. These are located in a box in Norman Gallery and are also distributed throughout the accommodation blocks termly and can be requested anonymously.

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

Hi!

My name is Bechan (most people call me Becs!) and I’m your Welfare Officer for 2021-22. I am a geography student and going into my third year at Durham. I will be living in New Kepier Court so I will be in college for all your welfare needs, alongside our lovely Campaigns Officer Emma and our wonderful Welfare Team.

You may already know me from being Assistant Welfare Officer last year, but if you don’t I hope we can get to know each other better this year!

Interests: dogs, glaciers, sharks, the colour yellow, online shopping, pancakes

Favourite Castle Memory: Matriculation! Getting to see everyone in their gowns and walking through the cathedral is a very special memory

I highly encourage everyone to join and use Castle Welfare. We are a dedicated team of students here to make your time at Castle the best experience possible. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how important it is to look after the wellbeing of our students, now more than ever. Please do get in contact, even if you just want some company and a cup of tea, no problem is too big or small!

My ‘on-duty’ hours are 9am-9pm, but you can always send me an email at castle.welfareofficer@durham.ac.uk or message the Anonymous Posting System (UCWelfare).