The Queen’s College provides an excellent variety of support services for its JCR members, some of which are detailed below. Contact details for the Exec. members are provided here and at the bottom of the page.
Your first port of call can always be the two JCR Welfare Officers, Freddie Pattisson and Jess Edwards, who you can contact by e-mail, phone or even by paying them a visit. They will be available if you have a specific problem that you want to talk over, or if you simply want a chat. Even if they are unable to help you with a specific issue, Freddie and Jess can certainly put you in contact with someone else within college or the university who will be better able to help you.
The JCR Welfare Team also organises welfare events throughout the year, particularly in the 5th week of every term and throughout Trinity. The “5th week blues” is said to be a common Oxonian affliction, but we say NAE, 5th week shall be known as “2nd Freshers’ week” where we shall have events galore to have a break from academic life. Go out for a massive curry together? We will. Have free hot chocolate, tea and toast every day? We shall. Have a children’s party, complete with a juggler? You betcha’, we got it. Essentially the welfare team are here for you no matter what.
In addition to the 5th week extravaganza (formerly known as 5th Week Blues) large number of undergraduates at Queen’s will sit exams during Trinity term and so freshers and finalists alike may feel in need of some light relief. Therefore, the welfare and peer-support teams will be on hand to help and weekly chill-out events should help to mellow pre-exam stress. These events can include film-nights, ice-skating, yoga and the ever popular welfare brunch (free food is essential).
Further to providing support for Queen’s undergraduates, Freddie & Jess also supply welfare provisions to members of the JCR. There are freely dispensing condom machines in the BQ 3 toilet, in the laundry room on the 2nd floor in Florey and in the Cardo laundry room, which they are responsible for filling and if you ever find that it’s empty, pidge either Freddie or Jess and the machine will be filled as soon as possible. The welfare reps. can also provide supplies such as condoms, lubricant, pregnancy tests and reimbursement of the morning after pill, delivered discreetly and anonymously to your pidge. All you need to do is contact them and they’ll sort everything out
In addition to the two welfare reps., our LGBT* Rep. is Matt Davies. He is available to provide advice and support to students and will be running LGBT events throughout term. Moreover, he can help you get involved with the university LGBT activities if you wish. As with Freddie and Jess, if Matt can’t resolve your query or issue, then he will be able to direct you towards someone who can.
Complementing the newly extended welfare team, Queen’s has an exceptional peer support network, consisting of 6 genuinely lovely people who are there for you to talk to about any problems you may have. Each of them has excellent knowledge of the university support system along with professional training in how best to help you. You can read more about the peer support system here. Applications for training as a peer supporter usually open in early Trinity and unless you have an exam-free second year, it’s probably easier to undertake the training as a fresher.
As with many welfare services across the university, any conversation with the JCR welfare team will be treated as completely confidential, unless you unequivocally state that you’re willing for the conversation to be shared with someone else. The only circumstances in which confidentiality can be breached without consent is if there is a serious risk to yourself of another and there is then a need for experienced and professional help. If this is the case then the matter will always be discussed with you prior to confidentiality being breached.
Freddie, Jess and the Welfare Team x
Jess: 07801916966 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*(lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)