The welfare team is headed by the Welfare and Campaigns Officers and made up of 10 current castle students. All of them are here to be a listening ear and to help signpost issues on to useful services both within and without of the University. There are a wide range of personalities on the team, so ask whoever you feel most comfortable with if you can talk something through with them, they will be more than happy to help.
Name: Lucy Cardy – Disabilities Officer
Course: BSc Physical Geography
Interests: Dogspotting, instant noodles, travel writing, talking about my gap yah, volcanoes, all things toastie bar, game of thrones (more specifically ranting about S8), post formal Klute Tuesdays
Favourite Castle Memory: Being launched into a mosh pit in Castle Courtyard on Freshers Toga night, mid chorus to Robbie Williams’ Angels and somehow making it out alive (despite being 5’2)
Name: Natalya (Tally) Evans – Livers Out Representative
Interests: Swan cider, D&B, the Tory party
Favourite Castle Memory: death by Bailey Boat Race
Name: Ania Forget – International Officer
Course: Biological Sciences
Interests: Ents and June Ball, Tennis, Durham French Society, Travelling, Languages, Surfing
Favourite Castle Memory: All the different socials from different clubs and societies. They’re always a good opportunity to meet new people and have a good time
Name: Michelle Grace – Assistant Campaigns Officer
Course: Politics, Sociology and Spanish (CHSS)
Interests: dogs, drama, writing, travelling and more dogs
Favourite Castle Memory: The process of setting up UCSI with Beth (definitely not self promo, I promise)
Name: Sunita Ramani (Sunny) – People of Colour Welfare Officer
Course: English Literature
Interests: I’ve been on the June Ball/Ents creative teams for the last two years, which has kept me really involved in college and helped me to meet all sorts of amazing people. I’ve maintained my Harry Potter obsession by playing Quidditch, as well as taking the Harry Potter module (yep it does actually exist). If I have any spare time, I also love to bake, and then watch people’s faces when I tell them it’s vegan (it’s never been a look of disgust so far…)
Favourite Castle Memory: At last year’s June Ball, I was responsible for the marquee, which meant producing decorations for 60 tables and 600 guests. It was a monumental task, but I’ll never forget the feeling of walking into the marquee and finally seeing the culmination of those weeks of hard work.
Name: Emma Simpson – Assistant Welfare Officer
Interests: dogs, coffee, socials, formals, volunteering, travelling, cooking
Favourite Castle Memory: chilling in fellows garden with friends in the sunshine!
Name: Aidan Turnock – Assistant Campaigns Officer
Course – Chemistry
Interests – Visiting every coffee shop in Durham, Giving work in late and making friends nervous about my exam results.
Favourite Castle moment – My favourite moment was the entirety of Ladies night. Although an honourable mention goes to getting tonsillitis specially for June ball and still making It through all 12 hours
Name: Skeena Williamson – LGBT+ Representative
Course: Anthropology and Sociology
Interests: Books, tv shows, ballet, pasta, talking about france and dying my hair bright colours.
Favourite castle memory: Coming out to a friend for the first time ever at freshtival in fresher’s week and it going very well. In general, all my favourite castle memories have been made great by the amazing friends I’ve made here.
Name: Alex Wordley – Assistant Welfare Officer
Interests: Football, cricket, Russia, journalism
Favourite Castle Memory: UCCC demolishing Hatfield in my 1styear (our only win of the season)
You can contact any member of the welfare team individually, or attend a drop in, and we will be more than happy to help. Here are some other ways to get in touch:
Anonymous messaging system: ucwelfare.castlejcr.com
You can use this form to communicate anonymously with the Welfare Officer, Pookie. You could ask a question which you would prefer not to talk about directly, request Welfare supplies for you to anonymously collect, report an incident or use it to just send your thoughts. When you submit the form, your message will be assigned a random ‘Ticket ID’. This is the only thing which connects you to the message so it cannot be ‘de-anonymised’ or linked back to you. It is entirely confidential. Remember to keep your Ticket ID as it is the only way to access your response later. If you would like us to know who you are, feel free to include your name in the message. Come back in a few days and click ‘View Response’, then enter your Ticket ID. You can enter some additional information or reply as many times as you like using the same Ticket ID.
Welfare Phone (between 9am and 9pm) – 07852609867 (outside these hours, you can contact the porters on 0191 334 3800)
Facebook – ‘Castle Welfare’
Snapchat – castle_welfare