Contact Details and Information

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Joe Dharampal-Hornby – welfare@durhamlgbta.org.uk
Izzie Cheshire – assistant-welfare@durhamlgbta.org.uk

 

Hi, we are Joe and Izzie, your welfare team. We are here to support you if you have any issues or worries that concern your welfare as an LGBT+ or questioning student. This means you can come to either of us if you’re feeling like you need someone to talk to about anything, and we will be here to listen and try to help in any way possible. We can provide you with a space to talk things though with someone without judgement or the fear of others finding out, and anything you tell us will always be fully confidential. We can also give you information and advice on accessing other services, such as college or university support, mental health, sexual health, local police, or anything of this nature. We have received the appropriate welfare training in order to be able to help you in the best way possible.

 

Drop In

 

We alternate running a weekly drop-in in the DSU (Dunelm House, New Elvet). The office is on level B, and is the first door on the right down the corridor by the stairs (‘Association Room’ is painted on the wall at the corridor entrance). The time for this will be posted on the LGBT+a Facebook page near the start of term and in our weekly email. Any changes or cancellations will also be posted on these as soon as possible. This is a drop in, so you can just turn up, but it’s best if you email or message us first to make sure we will be available and agree a time for you to come in. If we can’t see you we will arrange the next best time for us both. If you would prefer to chat over email rather than in person that’s fine, and the same confidentiality rules apply.

 

As well as a place to talk, you can pick up safe sex supplies and information from us in drop-in hours. See the following section for more info.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel it might help, any problem no matter how small is important if it is affecting you negatively. University can be a difficult time because there is a lot to adjust to all at once. It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit lost or worried, but if you are having any issues you would like to discuss with someone else or would like help addressing we are here to listen and guide you.