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Let me tell you how you can do something positive, develop your skills and help other students

Sophie, Graduate Intern (and dog lover), tells us about the events and activity you can get involved in to help yourself and others this February…

Getting involved in student causes and volunteering your time at University to support others can be a great way to boost your wellbeing and CV – I’ve done it and would recommend others to do the same.

 

I found helping others enjoyable and rewarding!

When I was an undergraduate student, I volunteered as a Wellbeing Champion and worked in Student Support’s marketing team where I was able to meet and help other students. It was highly rewarding to work as part of a team to support students who I may never have met otherwise. I would chat to students and find out what was bothering them and suggest resources and support available to help them. I would also write blogs and create videos to share with students to help provide advice and tips on making the most of student life.

The training and experience I’ve had has given me a lot of satisfaction and I’ve felt good (and lucky!) to be a part of a team that helps students and being able to make a difference and to share my own experiences and knowledge to help others. This extra-curricular activity looks good on my CV and helped me to get my current job working with the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team on a campaign to support students affected by violence and abuse.

 

Release your feel good endorphins and boost your CV!

This February, you can take the chance to join in events and find out more about new services and support that may benefit you personally and/or your friends, housemates, course mates, fellow students.

  1. Champion mental health. Support our Time to Change #LetsShare campaign and help yourself and fellow students to talk about mental health conditions
  2. Become an empowered bystander and help to address violence and abuse
  3. Join our team of student mentors and help first year students with their transition to university and settle into student life

Here’s a little more info and links to even more:

1. Champion mental health – support our Time to Change #LetsShare campaign and help yourself and fellow students to talk about mental health conditions…

Until I came to Uni I wasn’t aware that 1 in 4 people are affected by their mental health in their lifetimes.  This includes students and I quickly learned about all the support and services that the university provide to help students and the work that is done to try to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health conditions. It is so important to create an atmosphere where we can talk freely about how we feel.

  • Join the Time to Change student steering group. This group meets regularly to discuss campus culture relating to mental health and to explore ideas for reducing stigma

 

2. Become an empowered bystander and help to address violence and abuse…

Another eye-opening statistic for me is the prevalence of violence and abuse happening across the UK, particularly high among students. Statistics in the NUS Hidden Marks report show that 1 in 4 students will experience unwanted sexual advances whilst at University, with 1 in 7 reporting that they have experienced a serious physical or sexual assault. That is the equivalent to one person per flat in Halls. More worryingly, the majority of perpetrators are reported to be known to their victim.

All students, of any gender, can be a victim of harassment, sexual advances, assaults and discrimination, just as all students can be responsible for contributing to negative campus culture that normalises sexually inappropriate behaviour – this is #NotOn and you can help to share this message and support students.

Training and support is available for you to learn how to recognise the signs of violence and abuse so that you can support friends and fellow students who may be affected. You can also help to raise awareness of how violence and abuse is affecting students and to pledge that It’s Not On!

Support our campaign It’s #NotOn and help to promote an inclusive campus culture, with support services in place and formal disclosure procedures for students who have been affected by violence and abuse, including a new Disclosure Response Team

Become an Empowered Bystander by completing the free specialist training course

 

3. Join our team of student mentors…

(Photo by Matthew Horwood)

I wasn’t a student mentor myself, but my friend Rachel was and she really enjoyed it. Mentoring can be a great way to build your CV whilst helping first year students get to grips with their course. And didn’t we all find those first few weeks a little difficult?

If you’d like to help other students and can free up around an hour a week then you could volunteer as a mentor and you join hundreds of other students as part of a dynamic mentor community. As a mentor you will receive training and support to enable you to help first year students with their transition to university and settling in to student life.

Find out more about Becoming a mentor and make an application.

 

What’s on, where and when?

The Health and Wellbeing team have a lots of Wellbeing events. Take a look on Student Intranet Events  and book for the sessions that appeal to you. You can find out more about our events and keep up to date with everything you need to know about being a student at Cardiff University by liking us on Facebook. and following us on Twitter.

Best wishes, 
Sophie, Graduate Intern

Your Student Life, Supported.

The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice & Money, Careers & Employability, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing and  Disability & Dyslexia

The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.

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