Welfare at Merton is provided by the Chaplain, Welfare Deans and College Nurse (who also serves as the Women’s Adviser), and each is very happy to meet with all students on a one-to-one basis with respect to any issue at any time.
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|Chaplain: Simon Jones||In most, if not all welfare-related issues, Simon Jones is the person you want to talk to. In addition to co-ordinating welfare at Merton, he also chairs the College’s Student Support Committee, making him the ideal person to talk to if you find yourself facing financial hardship.
Simon’s professional code means that he, unlike other members of the college welfare team, is never legally obliged to talk to anyone about issues brought to him, regardless of their nature or severity. His role as chaplain does not overlap or affect his role in welfare—students of all faiths and non-faiths find him to be sympathetic, knowledgeable, non-judgmental and extremely helpful.
“I’m happy to provide confidential welfare support and advice to any student on any matter. I’m also the first port of call for students who find themselves in financial difficulty. I have experience of providing welfare support to a wide variety of people in different contexts. Do feel free to get in touch if you have anything you wish to discuss in confidence, or are considering making an application for hardship funds. There is no need to make an appointment. I’m available most days (including weekends) during term time. Feel free to call round, or contact me by ‘phone or email.”
|College Nurse: Catherine Haines||Catherine Haines, the College Nurse, is available on-site from 09:30 to 14:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 09:30 to 13:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 0th to 9th week.
“The service I provide is based on the individual needs of each student. My role is to offer confidential nursing care, support and medical advice to all students, on any aspect of physical and/or psychological health whilst they are at Merton. No appointment is necessary to see me. If you are unwell, or are unable to call and see me in my office, I will happily visit you. I also offer a wide range of information and advice on topics such as contraception, foreign travel, physiotherapy, sports injuries, dental care and other health issues. In my role I work very closely with the College Doctors and can help arrange both GP appointments and hospital follow-up visits.”
In addition to these official college positions, the JCR and MCR each elect Welfare Officers to assist with welfare concerns.
Contact information for Malak and Joe can be found in the college welfare guides. They will also be running drop-in sessions throughout the year to make it even easier for you to have a chat with them about anything you may be concerned about.
The college also supervises a team of Peer Supporters who are trained in listening and communication skills and who are always available to meet with students. Their contact details can be found in the Welfare Guide.