Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about the dedicated support available to Student Veterans…
What is the first word or picture you think of when you hear the term ‘Veteran’?
You’d be forgiven for thinking the word ‘old’ or having a picture in your mind of an old man wearing medals at a parade. However, this is a misconception… an Armed Forces’ Veteran is an ex or current service man or woman who has served for a minimum of one day in the Armed Forces. The Regular British Armed Forces comprise of the Royal Navy (including the Royal Marines), Army and the Royal Air Force. We are aware that we have Student Veterans studying here at Cardiff University and are continually reviewing and developing our support for them.
Are you aware of the support we offer Student Veterans?
Here in Student Support’s Counselling, Health and Wellbeing we have introduced a Veterans Project to ensure that Veterans receive the best support throughout University and are not discriminated or disadvantaged in any way.
I’m the dedicated member of staff who acts as the first point of contact for Veteran students. My name is Rachel Whitmore and I’m based in the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place, Cathays and on Wednesdays I work from Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus. My role is to work with student veterans to understand their individual needs, and any financial, housing and emotional support we may be able to offer you.
As well as myself, one of our sessional counsellors, Justin, is also available. A Veteran himself Justin is able to understand the culture and experiences of Veterans on a personal level and can provide one-to-one counselling support, if requested.
Are you a veteran studying at Cardiff University?
We are currently working to identify how many Veterans are studying at University so that we can tailor this project to the needs of students and we are really interested to hear from you if you are a Veteran or if you are a close family member of a Veteran. Please click here to complete our quick and anonymous survey to let us know how we can best help you at University.
Are you interested in volunteering with the Royal British Legion?
Cardiff University are working together with Cardiff’s Royal British Legion (RBL).mThey offer a pop-in advice and information centre for Service personnel and Veterans to get practical help and advice.
RBL are looking to recruit volunteers to join their Poppy Appeal, to fundraise from October through to November. Volunteers are needed to sell poppies in Cardiff City Centre and the surrounding areas for a couple of hours a week.
RBL also have opportunities for Poppy Appeal Organisers to recruit volunteers, organise collection rotas, order poppies and count and collecting money raised during the Appeal. This is an ideal opportunity for someone keen to get more involved with a national charity. For more information or to get involved, please contact Jo Kelly – 07918563821.
Will you be celebrating Armed Forces Day?
Armed Forces Day is your chance to show your support for our Armed Forces. The national event is in Cleethorpes with local and regional events being held all around the country.
Celebrations begin on Monday 20th June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.
South Wales Armed Forces Day is being celebrated on Saturday 25th June in Caerphilly, with a parade starting at 11am. It’s an opportunity to say a big thank you to our Veterans and to raise awareness and support for the Armed Forces community.
Contact us in Counselling Health & Wellbeing
If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service can offer support to anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small.
We offer booked appointments via our online referral questionnaire, in which our friendly, approachable staff can offer you non-judgemental support in a safe and confidential space. We also offer a daily Wellbeing Walk-In Service (3pm-3.45pm: Monday–Friday and Wednesday mornings: 9.30am-10.15am at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place; and Wednesday afternoons 3pm-3.45pm at Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus).
If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website to view all of your GP options. The University also has its own GP Practice – Park Place Surgery for those in their catchment area.
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Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team
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, Disability & Dyslexia and International Student Support.
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.