Welfare at Homerton
The HUS has two Welfare Officers, alongside six Liberation Officers (BME, Disabilities, International, LGBT+ & Women’s)! As your Welfare Officers our main priority is to make sure that all of you beautiful people are enjoying your time at university, and are keeping yourselves happy and healthy at the same time. We are available to talk to you 9am to 7pm through the confidential welfare phone and are always available for a chat, no matter how big or small the problem is.
Here are a few of the issues we can help you with:
Sexual health checks
Making friends and meeting people
Mindfulness in Homerton
Symptoms of STDs
Student Healthcare Guide 2015 – lots of useful info from the NHS about where to get medical help as a student in Cambridge
https://www.bpas.org/clinics/bpas-cambridge/ – information about the abortion clinic in Cambridge.
• Sexual health:
We provide a variety of types of condoms, lubes and dental dams, along with pregnancy tests and STD tests. You can confidentially request any of these via the Contact page or Welfare Phone (07876 317717) to be delivered to the welfare pigeon hole or to your personal pigeon hole. You can also come into the HUS Office during opening hours and pick some up yourself. We also have information relating to sexual health and contact details which you can ask for. he university has a counselling service (UCS) where trained counsellors are employed by the university to look after your wellbeing. We can link you up with them or help you to find an alternative route to help if you need or want it.
• Sanitary products:
We provide a variety of types of sanitary products, such as tampons, sanitary towels and panty liners. You can confidentially request any of these via the Contact page or Welfare Phone (07876 317717) to be delivered to the welfare pigeon hole or to your personal pigeon hole. You can also come into the HUS Office during opening hours and pick some up yourself.
• Mental health:
We’re here to help, whatever the problem. Whether this relates to academic stress, homesickness or mid-term blues, we will do our best to provide you with support. The university has a counselling service (UCS) where trained counsellors are employed by the university to look after your wellbeing. We can link you up with them or help you to find an alternative route to help if you need or want it. Homerton also has its very own counsellor, with whom you can arrange a meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more about her on her page of the Homerton College website, here.
• Physical health:
If you have any queries relating to your physical health we will do our best to advise you. On arrival, you will register with the local GP, and we have a Student Health Advisor in College.
WHO YOU CAN TURN TO:
HUS WELFARE TEAM
The welfare team are here to support anyone with any issues throughout the year, but we’re also generally available for a chat or a moan at any point; we’re not counsellors, we’re students, so whether it’s an annoying family argument, a desperate craving for a cookie or a much more serious issue, we can and will find a way to help.
Please do ring us if you have a problem and feel like you want to talk to someone, we’re happy to listen and we never want anyone to feel embarrassed!
The contact number is:
07876 317 717
We can reply to calls and texts from 9am – 7pm every day during term time.
You can also email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, and you’ll be seeing us around college, so do come and say hi! Alternatively, you can use our Contact page to request welfare supplies.
STuDENT HEALTH ADVISOR
We also have a Student Health Advisor that is employed by College. For more complex matters, she may refer you to your doctor or other medical services in Cambridge, but is a great first step and can help relay any issues directly to your tutor or DoS.
Her contact details are:
Phone: 01223 747248
If you want to book an appointment to see her, please click here.
We also have our very own counsellor in Homerton. Counselling offers you an opportunity to talk over any troubling issues in a private and relaxed setting with someone who plays no other role in your College life. If you have a personal or work-related problem, or if you are feeling unhappy, anxious or depressed, we encourage you to talk to Catherine. Catherine trained in a psychotherapist with the Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy. During her training she worked at the University Counselling Service.
Your college tutor is there for your pastoral needs and can often give advice if you are struggling with work or have an issue with college accommodation or buildings by contacting the right person in college on your behalf. They can also recommend solutions to getting to lectures if you’re having difficulties. If, for any reason, you do not want to approach your tutor alone one of us will be happy to facilitate a meeting and have as much or as little involvement as you like. You can also contact the Senior Tutor, Penny Barton, at email@example.com, or in her office, CAV 102.
Porters & On-Duty Tutor
For out-of-hours or emergency care, you can contact the Porters’ Lodge at 01223 747111, and they will arrange emergency medical care, or put you in contact with the On-Duty Tutor.
Please note: if you call an ambulance, please let the Porters’ Lodge know ASAP so they can prepare the site for access for the vehicle.
Nightline (a student-run helpline open 7pm to 7am) – 01223 744 444
Samaritans (a volunteer-run service) – 116 123 (from any phone)
For a more comprehensive list of services, visit CUSU’s Welfare page.
If you are unsure about which of these services to contact, please get in touch with the HUS Welfare Team.