VP Welfare and community
Well, what a hectic month it has been! It has been very strange to watch the Leadership Race and not be involved. It was so wonderful to see so many fab candidates campaigning on Campus. I was excited to see so many students take such an active interest in the elections and I loved talking to students about the different candidates and how their policies will impact the lives of the student body. I have been very fortunate to lead this wonderful organisation for two years and now I am excited to begin my handover for the next team to takeover. I would like to congratulate everyone that won elections and offer my support to those who were unlucky this time. There were some amazing candidates and some hotly contested categories, it takes real courage to run and I am so proud of every single one of you.
Leadership race aside, here is some of the stuff I have been getting on with this month:
Mood Up Monday
We held Mood Up Monday in Loughton at the end of January. It was a fab day with stalls promoting mental health support and the importance of eating well. We had a survey for students so that we could see what support they needed in Loughton so that we can support them with what they need. It was fantastic to be able to speak to so many students and I am looking forward to developing a personalised mental health campaign for their campus.
Stanway Learning Centre
I journeyed back to Stanway Learning Centre, this time it was to talk to students about healthy relationships. It was so great to be able to talk to students
Mental Health Campaign
I have been spending time this month compiling a report on different union’s mental health campaigns and what I feel we should be doing for our students here at Essex. This report will be out by the end of the week!
Women in leadership
I attended a great conference on Women in leadership which was run by NUS. It was so great to be able to talk to other women who work in similar fields to discuss what issues women face working within Unions. It was great to also celebrate the work of fellow women activists.
I am currently working with the University on their Sexual Harassment reporting process so that we can make the process more streamlined and accessible for staff and students.
LGBT* History Month
This month has played host to a wonderful LGBT* History Month organised by Taran and our fab staff team. It has been great to attend so many fab events! I had a great time listening to Emily Brothers about liberation and politics, also how we can make our own union more accessible to both disabled and LGBT* students.
Salary Brook Trail
There have been some recent reports of issues to students safety when travelling along Salary Brook. I urge students, as always, to take precaution when travelling. Always travel in groups or use the safety bus where needed. Please keep your eyes peeled for further safety announcements in the coming days.
I leave this report on the request that students please adhere to my information on the fresher’s page about supporting one another. If you need support it is out there, all you need to do is ask.
As always please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Your VP Welfare and Community.