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JCR students host welfare week at Pembroke

19th November 2020

During fifth week of Michaelmas Term, our JCR community hosted welfare week, giving our students the opportunity to learn, discuss and connect with one another.

The welfare team at Pembroke put on a vast array of events, both online and in person, to help give students a final push through term. The JCR Welfare Reps (Maddie, Hakan, Tigs and Jacques) ran events throughout the week with the help of a number of other JCR members.

Activities included online massage tutorials given by professionals, a visit from an adorable puppy to boost student spirits, deliveries of beauty face masks and snacks to students, a cocktail night with the ENTZ reps and sending positive post-its to students around college.

The team also ran a number of talks for the students, namely a men's mental health workshop run by Hakan and Jacques. There were several other talks given including a talk on anxiety and mental health by Pembroke Alumnus and Oxfordshire Mind CEO Dan Knowles, another from fellow Pembroke Alumnus Kirkland Newman, a pioneer in the integrative approach to mental health and finally Ben Fry, the head of a mental health clinic focussed on trauma. Rebekah White, our Welfare and Wellbeing coordinator, also ran a number of online events, such as virtual coffees and Yoga.

Hakan, one of the JCR welfare reps said "It was extremely rewarding to run these events. Seeing how these events lifted spirits and the positive feedback we have subsequently received was incredible".

A Welfare tea event held in the marquee
A Welfare tea event held in the marquee
A photo of the puppy who came to visit the JCR during Welfare Week
A photo of the puppy who came to visit the JCR during Welfare Week