Hazlerigg Rutland’s Welfare and Diversity week was put on in order to incorporate many of the key campaigns and sections within Welfare and Diversity, helping to promote these areas and make sure that everybody was aware of what was available to them and who to contact if they were in need of anything.
On the Monday I put on a sober event in our Hall’s common room to not only promote making better decisions and a healthier lifestyle, but to get everyone together to discuss different cultures and chill out together. We watched mean girls because it’s bangin’. There was a large turnout and the cultural snacks that I bought went down well. Additionally, many people who don’t usually come to punch parties or pre drinks came down, which showed that the event helped to incorporate all people into hall life and ensured everybody could be included.
Tuesday I sold cakes around Hall, which raised money for the LGBT foundation. As well as this I did a sweet jar to raise money for MIND. Each day I shared links associated to the relevant Welfare Facebook groups to encourage more people to be involved in everything welfare has to offer.
On the Wednesday we had a smoothie morning to promote healthy eating. With this I also tied in my role as FREEC Rep to promote not letting food go to waste. The event was successful and plenty of people came down. In the evening we put on Yoga Night with the Ex Hall Chair, Jon Ako, as our guru. Around 20 people came down and enjoyed the evening, which aimed to keep people calm and relieve stress.
On Thursday we had our sober evening to Planet Bounce in Nottingham. The event was focused on making better decisions and choosing alternatives to going out drinking but to also do some physical activity instead! The event was successful and many people said they enjoyed themselves. We felt this was important to put on in order to involve as many people from Hall as possible, even those that weren’t interested in nights out that quite often involve alcohol. Due to the success of this the Hall are planning more events like this for the near future.
On the Friday the focus was on knowing the line and sexual health. This is an important issue involving young people. I set up my laptop during pre drinks so people could order online chlamydia tests. With this I also gave out leaflets and free condoms to those who needed them; people said this was helpful as they didn’t necessarily know where to go for free information or condoms.
Overall the week was a success and got many members of Hall involved, as well as informing people about all the things Welfare and Diversity has to offer.
Katrina – FREEC and Welfare Rep