Katie Walker

JCR Women's and Gender Minorities Welfare Officer

I’m Katie (they/them) and I am one of your welfare officers!

I’ve lived a bit all over the place but I currently stay in Littlehampton on the south coast when I’m not in Oxford. When I’m not working, I’m usually buying far too much from charity shops, watching Grey’s Anatomy or playing the Sims 4. I’m very excited to be one of your welfare officers this year and run lots of events for you all!

Our role as welfare officers is to make sure Somerville is a place where people can feel comfortable, welcome, and able to talk freely about any mental health issues they may be facing. Despite restrictions in England having been almost completely eased, coronavirus is still likely to impact student experience this year, so we want to make sure that you can access all support available to you. We’re here to provide non-judgmental support for any concern you might have. Alfie has completed 24 hours of peer support training to develop the necessary skills to support students. I will do the peer support training in Oxford as soon as I can.

We’ll also be hosting fortnightly welfare teas where you and your peers can come and enjoy all the (free!) snacks and take some time out of your hectic Oxford life to relax. Members of the welfare team will also be there, but there’s no obligation to talk to them if you’re just in it for the free food and chill. In 5th week (aka welfare week) we’ll be hosting tons of events to help fight off those pesky 5th week blues (activities normally include a bouncy castle and having alpacas visit on the quad, a cookie fairy and much more!!).

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