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Welfare support for staff & Fellows

Welcome to the Welfare Hub for St Catharine's staff and Fellows. If you are looking for information about student welfare, please visit the Welfare Hub for St Catharine's students.

What do we mean by 'welfare'?

When we talk about welfare we are talking how we are doing as a whole person. Welfare provision can include everything from one to one support for mental health issues to activities to promote individual and communal wellbeing, to 'just a chat' to help think things through.  

Welfare and the pandemic

The current public health emergency poses challenges in managing our welfare and wellbeing. The pandemic is something we are all living with, but our experience of it will be unique, depending on our own specific circumstances.  This means that we are all having to work out how to look after ourselves - physically, mentally and emotionally - as the situation continues to develop.  This and the following pages linked below aim to help support this process. 

NB Please also check regularly the College's main COVID-19 information pages for up to date practical information and FAQs.

St Catharine’s Health and Welfare Team

members of the welfare team

You are welcome to contact members of the Health and Welfare team by email at any time, and we will aim to reply as soon as we can, either by replying by email or by telephone or by setting a Teams or zoom call, as appropriate. 

If you are not sure whether your concern is a welfare or an HR matter, this document may help you work out who to approach.  Please do be reassured that whoever you contact first will be happy to help you get to the right place to access the support you need. 

If you are concerned that someone else may be particularly vulnerable, please do reach out to them, and contact a member of the Health and Welfare Team in confidence if you feel that they may need further support.  

The wider welfare team

A lot of people at St Catharine's are involved in promoting student welfare and wellbeing. The Health and Welfare Team work closely with others to provide support for students, including: 

HoDs
Please do reach out if you are experiencing difficulties, especially if they are work related or you are worried they may be impacting your work. This can include any challenges you are facing due to working from home or in self-isolation. 

Mental Health Champions
St Catharine's now has several members of staff who have undertaken the Mental Health Champion training from the charity Mind. They are: 

  • Rob Firman
  • Zoe Churchman
  • Ally Barrett

Mental Health First Aiders

Several members of staff are trained as Mental Health First Aiders, including:

  • all the porters
  • Mary Simuyandi (welfare officer)
  • Maxine Flynn (HR manager)

Not sure where to turn? 

  • Any of the above people will be happy to help you work out what sort of support you may need, and who is best placed to offer it to you. 

The links below will take you to other pages on the welfare hub where you will find:

  • Sources of help and support in the wider University and beyond
  • Self-help and self-care resources that you can access any time - many of these have been developed specifically for wellbeing during the pandemic. 
  • Details of upcoming workshops, events and activities in College that you can join in with.

If you have any suggestions for activities, training or resources relating to welfare at St Catharine's, please do contact the welfare team. 

All details and links have been checked at the time this page was created; the College does not take responsibility for the content of external website.