Male Welfare Officer—Ben Clark
Hello, I’m Ben, a first-year AMES student and I am your Male Welfare Officer for 2019/20. Jen and I are here to make your life at Cambridge easier by supporting you. So if you’re ever having some problems, please feel free to contact one of us and we can have a chat and talk it out, and our conversations will of course be confidential! Please feel free to email us with any concerns.
I will be working hard with Jen to improve access to welfare within the college and aiming to improve the system for distributing sexual health supplies and sanitary products, however the old system of email requests is still in place, so drop us an email if you need something and we will have it delivered to your pidge. We are also planning lots of welfare events more and continuing with the weekly welfare teas, feel free to drop into one of those! Please get into contact with us with any ideas or requests you might have!
For more info see: www.tcsu.net/welfare.
Female Welfare Officer—Jenny Ocran
Hey guys! My name’s Jennifer (you can call me Jen), I’m a first year MML student and I’m so excited to be your Female Welfare Officer. To clarify, this means I am one of two general Welfare Officers and my job is NOT to cater ONLY to female students but rather to everyone equally (however if you would prefer to only talk to me, that is absolutely fine and I will keep any conversation as confidential as I can). It is so important to me that everyone feels at home at Trinity College and is consistently supported throughout their time here. Along with Ben (the Male Welfare Officer), I’ll be hosting welfare events such as formals and bops as well as our weekly ‘Welfare Tea’ in the Welfare Room (Angel Court D5). We also provide free sanitary and contraceptive products and can deliver to your pidge at your request.
I am always up for a chat and am very prepared to listen to any issues (however serious) you may be having. Drop me an email or find me on Facebook and private message me.
Remember, I’m here to represent your needs, so if there’s anything you want to change or any ideas you have, I’m very ready to listen!
For more info see: www.tcsu.net/welfare.
BME Officer—Wanipa Ndhlovu
Hello! My name is Wanipa, I’m first year Lawyer and I am your Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Officer. My role is basically to support all BME students and also to campaign to make Trinity a more welcoming and equal place for ethnic minorities. I want to unite the BME community more by holding events that will bring us together. I also want to make the BME community more visible by sharing and celebrating the wonderful things about our various cultures with the wider Trinity Community.
I’m always up for a chat if you’re feeling down or have any ideas so feel free to hit me up. I look forward to getting to know all of you better and I’m sure this year is going to be a great one!
LGBT+ Officer—Alex Atkin
Hey all! I’m Alex, a second year BioNatsci, and I am your LGBT+ Officer for this year. First and foremost, I am part of the Welfare team, to be a source of support for all LGBT+ students in college and help ensure a zero-tolerance policy for LGBT+ discrimination.
I want all LGBT+ students to feel safe and supported in college, and will be working with CUSU LGBT+ on their campaigns to bring about constructive change and increase visibility.
The other thing I’d like to do this year is to re-energise the college LGBT+ society, 1TQ, so the LGBT+ community in Trinity has a wide range of events aimed to acknowledge and celebrate our presence in college.
Mental Health and Disabled Students’ Welfare Officer—Maddy Southey
Hey all, I’m Maddy, a second year law student and this year’s Mental Health and Disabled Students’ Welfare Officer. My biggest focus this year is on encouraging everyone to make use of the mental health and welfare services and accessible facilities available in college, and also to get feedback on how these services are operating and whether students’ needs are being met.
I’ll be working with the rest of our fantastic new welfare team to put on some great welfare events, including the weekly welfare teas, so I hope to see you all at some of these! I’ll also be looking into how we can provide advice and support for those helping friends through tough periods, so you know where to turn to if you ever feel out of your depth.
Most of all, I’m here to talk to if you’re worried for yourself, a friend, a family member, or just need to get some things off your chest. Pop me a message or email, come along to a welfare tea, or if you just see me around college come and say hello!
Overseas Welfare Officer—Ludvig Brekke
Hi! I’m Ludvig, a Norwegian first year philosopher who is responsible for the welfare of international students here at Trinity. Ever since I arrived here I have wanted to help enhance the lives of the overseas students, and after having been elected to this position, my hope is that I can work to fix some of the issues that make being an international student here more difficult than it needs to be. Overseas students make up 40% of the population in college, but in too many ways being an international here is more challenging than being a home student. By working to lower the living costs for overseas students who wish to stay here during the holidays, encouraging social contact across cultures, ensuring the international student body remains informed of changes post-Brexit, and arranging a fun international freshers week, I will work towards my aim of bringing the population at Trinity together, irrespective of nationality and background.
Women’s Officer—Eliza Harry
Hi! I’m Eliza, a second-year HSPS student specialising in Social Anthropology. I’m part of the Welfare team here at Trinity, as your Women’s Officer for 2019-2020. I’m here to support all self-identifying women and non-binary students feel safe in college.
This year, I’ll be lobbying college to improve the transparency of procedures for dealing with gender-based discrimination and assault, while making space for women and non-binary voices at Trinity by continuing Anna’s Women’s Forums, and organising Women and Non-Binary events.
If you experience any gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, intimidation or assault, you can contact me in confidence and I will do my best to ensure that college and the university give you the support you need. I’m also available if you need to moan, rant or off-load. Trinity can be a frustrating environment for women and non-binary students to navigate, and sometimes all we need is for someone to listen. Please do send me an email or a Facebook message if you want to talk and be heard.