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14th July 2012

1. FREE CONDOMS for JCRs/MCRs for freshers and new students (no training/c-card accreditation needed!)
2. Freshers week training and supplies
3. The Student Advice Service: OPEN ALL SUMMER
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***1. FREE CONDOMS for JCRS/MCRS for freshers and new students.***
This year CUSU, through the C-Card scheme, is able to provide all JCRs and MCRs with FREE 'sexual health packs' for all your new students, with a condom, lube and information on local services, which you can include in your information/welcome packs for new students, or distribute in any other way if you think it might be more effective. Our aim is to get ensure that every new student has a pack to hand so that they are prepared for the unexpected during their first week, and have information on services in Cambridge. This is really important, and Chris will be getting in touch to organise logistics- its up to you how you think its best to distribute them, and Chris will be making sure that enough supplies for all your new students are available for you at a time that suits you.
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****2. Freshers week training and supplies****
Chris will also be in touch about Freshers week training, where he'll be running through core student support skills for supporting individual students, as well as demonstrating the 'sexual health balloon story' and thinking through possible things to think about in freshers week.
As ever, CUSU will be open for supplies and cheap printing throughout the summer and next term, so if you need bike-lights, sexual health resources, attack alarms or to print your freshers guides cheaply, just come along to the office (Monday to Friday, 9-5, New Museum Site). Any questions about prices or times, email reception@cusu.ac.uk
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*****3. The Student Advice Service: OPEN ALL SUMMER****
The Student Advice Service offers free, confidential and impartial support and advice to all students on any issue, however big or small, whether its to do with exams, academic concerns, personal issues or anything else. We are open all summer (Monday to Friday, 9-5), and can be contacted by phone, email or in person at any of the two Student Advice Service offices in central Cambridge. We are also available to confidentially discuss any concerns you have as a college officer.
For more about the service, see our website: www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk/
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UPDATE 8th May 2012

1. Training- Core Skills for student support: RESCHEDULED

The training session is now re-scheduled for Monday 14th May, 4pm-6pm, Semiar Room E, 17 Mill Lane

Please RSVP to advice@studentadvice.ac.uk

Thursday 3rd May 2012

For college officers and volunteers:

1. Training – Core Skills for student support

2.Training – How To Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

3. Exam advice, FAQS and study skills support

For all Students:

1. Yoga Classes: 'The Sixty-minute stress-buster' (3.30pm Fridays)

2. FREE Aerobics: Sweat the Swedish Way: 6.30pm Wednesdays

3. Laughing Classes

4. Eating Disorders Support Group: Wednesday at 5pm

5. ME/Chronic Fatigue Social Group

6. Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers Social Group

7. Meet New people at a FREE film night: "Contagion", 8th May

8. Cambridge Reclaim the Night: Friday 11th May, Parker's Piece, 8.15pm

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For college officers and volunteers:

1. Training – Core Skills for student support

This is THE essential training for any officer involved in Student Support and Rights, and will be delivered by our full-time, professional student advisor, Lisa Dery. The session will allow you to:

Explain the meaning of confidentiality and its relevance to your role,
Examine boundaries and how these apply to your role
Provide active listening
Recognise the difference between active listening and advice giving
Refer students to the appropriate service

Please email advice@cusu.ac.uk to book your place. This is a fantastic course and will enable you to give the best support possible to students and make a real difference to your friends (and looks great on your CV!). It's a fun and interactive programme, and will also be an opportunity to raise questions and concerns, so please do come along !

Location:Seminar Room E, 17 Mill Lane

Time: Wednesday 9th May, 4 PM - 6 PM
Contact: For more information or questions contact advice@studentadvice.cam.ac.uk

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2. Training – How To Support Survivors of Sexual Violence: May 16th, Keynes Hall, King's College, 8pm – 9pm

This training session had to be delayed last term, but as promised is back on the schedule for this term. A fantastic opportunity for Women's Officers and Welfare Officers to get a very basic run through on how to support survivors of sexual violence, should anyone come to you who has experienced sexual assault or rape. The session will be run by an expert from Rape Crisis England and Wales and is free. Please RSVP to womens@cusu.ac.uk if you plan on attending, so we can provide enough resources on the day.

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3. Exam advice, FAQS and study skills support

CUSU Welfare has just launched a brand new webpage with updated advice and information and a comprehensive guide to study skills and support for students.

The new page may be viewed at www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/welfare/relax

Please do pass this on to your students and make sure that they are away of this new resource.

The page includes information and advice on:

  • Rules, regulations and advice about exams and exam-term: FAQS
  • Study Skills, Research and Managing your Study
  • Support and Advice
  • Relaxation and coping with stress
  • Events
  • Where to find the latest News/Events

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For all students:

1. Yoga Classes: 'The Sixty-minute stress-buster' (3.30pm Fridays)

Escape the library for an hour and come along to this fun and relaxing yoga class to downward dog your troubles away! Lead by an expert teacher, this class will work through a variety of postures with music in a fluid vinyasa-flow style that is suitable for all levels.

Classes are open to ALL students (grads and undergrads).

Location: Grad Union Lounge (http://www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/wp/facilities/visit/location)

Cost: just £3

More info: welfare@cusu.ac.uk

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2. FREE Aerobics: Sweat the Swedish Way: 6.30pm Wednesdays

After almost three years of "Sweat the Swedish Way"-craze at Robinson College, this term classes will be held at Kings College every Wednesday 6.30-7.30. The classes are completely FREE of charge and everyone is welcome.

Looking for a great way to forget exam stress, get fit and have fun? "Sweat the Swedish Way" is a tough and fun, full-body workout in one hour taught by a qualified fitness instructor. The classes will improve your stamina, strength, flexibility and balance, but above all, there's going be great music and fantastic company. No prior experience of aerobics is needed, and you don't need any fancy equipment to join in. Just wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in, and preferably trainers. If you do not want to do strength or stretching exercises directly on the floor, then bring a towel or a sweater too.

Location: Kings College: Keynes hall.

Time: Every Wednesday, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Contact: For more information or questions contact fredrika.asenius@gmail.com

Due to space, only 40 places are available at each class, on a first come, first served basis. Arrive early to guarantee a spot!

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3. Laughing Classes

"A day without laughter is a day wasted".

Laughter is good. No it's great. The best thing there is. But when the only thing you've found funny in ages is a typo in your lecture notes you know you need to get away from them for a while. And you need to learn how to laugh...

Pembroke's newly crowned 'King of Laughter' is returning to the stage once more with his laughter classes. Peter Dudfield will be bringing laughter back to our hearts on Mondays from 5.30-6pm in the New Common Room.

Everyone is welcome.

Laughter releases endorphins, giving us the 'feel good factor', acts as aerobic exercise and is like 'internal jogging', unleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers, helps boost our immune system, which helps us resist disease, tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation, encourages positive thinking and creativity and relaxes the whole body by reducing stress and tension!

Location: Pembroke College, New Common Room

Time: Every Monday , 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Contact: For more information or questions contact pd313@cam.ac.uk

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4. Eating Disorders Support Group: Wednesday at 5pm

Location: CUSU meeting room ( http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/contacts/directions/ )

This is a non-judgmental, non-critical, confidential support group for anyone who suffers from eating disorders. The group is part of the B-eat network, a national charity for eating disorders, and facilitated by fully trained B-eat volunteers.

The groups run as small groups of individuals, and are guided by two b-eat trained facilitators who will ensure the meeting is conducted to include and support all members in a safe and constructive environment. Facilitators are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, national codes of practice and undergo constant reflection, evaluation and supervision so they can best support the group.
The sessions are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like.

Members are also more than welcome to bring a friend along.

Time and Location: Every week in term, times and locations may vary- email for up-to-date info
Contact: welfare@cusu.ac.uk

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5. ME/Chronic Fatigue Social Group

This is a new group for anyone experiencing or affected by ME or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) to share experiences, tips and ideas in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

We'll be meeting in the Graduate Union, Mill Lane at 1pm-2pm on Wednesdays this term.

Everyone welcome, and feel free to bring lunch or grab something to eat from the Grad Union cafe (http://www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/wp/facilities/cafe/)

This is a pilot session, so please feel free to get in touch (welfare@cusu.ac.uk) with suggestions, ideas, or questions. Please also get in touch if you'd like to came, but this time or location doesn't work for you.

Location: GU meeting room (Mill Lane: http://www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/wp/facilities/visit/location/)

Time: Every Wednesday , 1 PM - 1 PM
Contact: For more information or questions contact welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk

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6. Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers Social Group

The group is for anyone who identifies with Asperger Syndrome/HF Autism and is studying at the University of Cambridge. We meet as a small group to chat about a variety of topics, share and enjoy individual interests, meet other students from across the University, share problems and solutions, do activities and contribute to improving the student experience.

New members are always welcome, so feel free to bring a friend or invite new members.

Time: every Friday lunch time: 1-2pm, feel free to bring your lunch

Venue: DRC Bridget's meeting room, Keynes House, Trumpington Street, map: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/disability

Students can also join the 'University of Cambridge AS social group' facebook group: www.facebook.com

If you have any questions, please contact either Joanna Hastwell (Asperger Syndrome Project Officer, DRC) via email:joanna.hastwell@admin.ac.uk or Rosie O'Neill (CUSU Welfare and Rights Officer) via email: welfare@cusu.ac.uk

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7. Meet New people at a FREE film night: "Contagion", 8th May

Want to meet some new people?

Bored of being stuck in your room?

Got cabin fever?

Then come along to two free film nights for all students where you can meet people, chat, relax, eat snacks and enjoy the cinematic masterpieces that is the King's Speech (March 13th). Or enjoy pointing out the faults in it. Whatever.

What: Showing of "Contagion" preceded by drinks/snacks
When: Tuesday 8th May, 7:00pm (for a 7:30 start)
Where: At the Graduate Union Café (just off Silver Street; www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/gradunion/#contact)

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8. Cambridge Reclaim the Night: Friday 11th May, Parker's Piece, 8.15pm

The time has come for us one again to come out, loud and proud, and say no to street harassment; no to being blamed for attacks against women because we drink alcohol, flirt, or dress a certain way; and no to a society in which we taught to be afraid to be out at night.

Come Friday May 11th, we will take to the streets and march, from Parker's Piece (8.15pm) to King's Chapel, in protest at street harassment, victim-blaming, and violence against women. At King's Chapel we will hold a candle-lit vigil (secular; all welcome), with speakers from the awesome Hollaback London (http://ldn.ihollaback.org/about/) and Rape Crisis (http://www.cambridgerapecrisis.co.uk/), and some music and poetry from Cambridge's finest artists. It's always a really fun event, and it's really important that we keep this tradition of speaking out against street fear and violence against women going, so we look forward to seeing many of you there!

***In order to challenge the status quo, in which women are told they must be chaperoned by men when they go out at night, and in keeping with the tradition of Reclaim the Night, this march will be for self-defining women only (trans people and kids welcome). Email Ruth Graham (womens@cusu.ac.uk) for more details***

***There will be a Men's Solidarity Demo at Great St. Mary's Church at 8.15pm, which will join the women's march when it reaches the Church, and we will then go to the Vigil together). All absolutely welcome. Email Morgan Wild (education@cusu.ac.uk) for more details***

Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/207347182716867/

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Wednesday 25th April

**1. Sweat the Swedish Way! FREE aerobics class! **

After almost three years of "Sweat the Swedish Way"-craze at Robinson College, this term classes will be held at Kings College (the Chetwynd room) every Wednesday 6.30-7.30 starting from Wednesday April 25. The classes are completely FREE of charge and everyone is welcome.


Looking for a great way to forget exam stress, get fit and have fun? "Sweat the Swedish Way" is a tough and fun, full-body workout in one hour taught by a qualified fitness instructor. The classes will improve your stamina, strength, flexibility and balance, but above all, there's going be great music and fantastic company. No prior experience of aerobics is needed, and you don't need any fancy equipment to join in. Just wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in, and preferably trainers. If you do not want to do strength or stretching exercises directly on the floor, then bring a towel or a sweater too.

Location: Kings College
Time: Every Wednesday, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Contact: For more information or questions contact fredrika.asenius@gmail.com
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**2. Student Advice Service: open as normal**

The Student Advice Service offers free, confidential and independent support to all students. If you feel you have been discriminated against, treated unfairly or would like to discuss something that is bothering you, contact us, whether it's the first time you have a question or as a last resort.

You can come to the service with any issues or problems that you might experience as a student - from questions or concerns about your education or University procedures to a health enquiry or a mental health issue. The Student Advice Service employs a full time professional Student Advisor whose primary role is providing confidential support to students. The Welfare and Rights Officer, the Education Officer, and the Women's Officer will also be able to provide support and representation.

The Student Advice Service can support you in a number of ways. We can discuss your concerns with you, explore what options are available to you, and represent you at a college or University level if necessary. We also act as a signposting service – if we can't assist you, we can help you work out what other sources of support are available that might better suit your needs.

The Student Advice Service is based in two locations - at CUSU and at the Graduate Union. We have advice areas at both these places, so feel free to drop in and chat to a member of the service at any time, Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm. You can also make an appointment by emailing advice@studentadvice.ac.uk or welfare@cusu.ac.uk by phoning 01223 746999.

Cambridge University Students' Union
Old Examination Hall
New Museums Site
Free School Lane
Cambridge
CB2 3RF

The Graduate Union
17 Mill Lane
Cambridge
CB3 1RX

This service is confidential – whilst we may share information within the service, no information about you or your situation will be given to anyone outside the service, except in very rare circumstances. Information about who we are and what we do, including our and confidentiality policy can be found on the website at www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk

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**3. Eating Disorders Support Group: Friday at 5pm**

Location: GU meeting room (mill Lane)

This is a non-judgmental, non-critical, confidential support group for anyone who suffers from eating disorders. The group is part of the B-eat network, a national charity for eating disorders, and facilitated by fully trained B-eat volunteers.

The groups run as small groups of individuals, and are guided by two b-eat trained facilitators who will ensure the meeting is conducted to include and support all members in a safe and constructive environment. Facilitators are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, national codes of practice and undergo constant reflection, evaluation and supervision so they can best support the group.
The sessions are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like.

Members are also more than welcome to bring a friend along.

Time and Location: Every week in term, times and locations may vary- email for up-to-date info
Contact: welfare@cusu.ac.uk
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**4.John Barnes MBE, Former Liverpool And England Footballer Asks "What Is The Cause Of Racism In Football?"**

During his career John Barnes played 79 times for England, was the Football Writers player of the year twice and PFA Footballer of the Year in 1988. In 1997 he was awarded an MBE for services to the game. He is a broadcaster, football pundit, an Ambassador for Save the Children and runs coaching clinics across the Caribbean for young players. Most recently, he attended the Anti-Racism Football Summit at Downing Street.

Time: 2 May, 6 - 7.30pm
Location: The Cambridge Union

All Welcome to Attend This Event Though Booking Essential. Free Tickets Available At:
http://johnbarnestalk.eventbrite.co.uk
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**5. Charlie Bayne Travel Trust 2012: A fund for disabled students who plan to travel abroad or within the UK **

The Trust was set up in memory of Charlie Bayne (Trinity, 1985 to 89) to provide financial assistance to students with a disability who plan to travel abroad or within the United Kingdom. Grants shall be used to finance travel, educational in the broadest sense.
The Trustees award grants up to £500 a person.

Open to all students of the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University.
Further details on how to apply are available at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/disability/students/finance/#Charlie.

Alternatively, contact the Disability Resource Centre on 01223 332301 or disability@admin.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications: 28th May 2012

Please note that no requests to support travel taking place before this date will be accepted.

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Thursday 15th March

**1. Support student rights and campaign for justice! Sign the petition against the unjust action against a Cambridge Student**

A student who took part in a non-violent protest against David Willetts MP when he came to speak back in November has been suspended - i.e. forced to abandon his studies - for 7 terms, 2 and a half years, until Michaelmas 2014.

This was decided by the University's Court of Discipline, and the severity of the sentence is unprecedented. The protest, which involved the student reading a poem that disrupted Willett's speech, was entirely non-violent, and more than 60 other academics and students took part, yet the University chose to single out just one individual for punishment, and the court imposed a sentence 7 TIMES MORE than the prosecutors actually asked for (they asked that the student be sent down for only one term).

Regardless of whether or not you agree with the original action, the punishment imposed is grossly disproportionate to the crime, and CUSU is calling on the University to quash this decision.

Please add your name to the list of students, staff and academics standing up for student rights and calling for a fair and just outcome to this case.

See the statement from CUSU, and sign the petition here:www.cusu.cam.ac.uk or www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/campaigns/thisisnotjustice/petition/

Read more of the story here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/mar/14/cambridge-student-ban-protest-david-willetts

If you feel strongly about this issue, please post the petition on your facebook, encourage your friends to sign and generally let others know!

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**2. WIN £50 and have your say: fill in the short CUSU survey**

We want your views on CUSU, CUSU services and how we can work better for you! Please fill in this short survey and be in with a chance of winning £50! It will only take 10 minutes, and would be enormously useful, so please, please do fill it in!

https://camtools.cam.ac.uk/direct/eval-evaluation/6820

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**3. Student Advice Service: open as normal**

The Student Advice Service offers free, confidential and independent support to all students. If you feel you have been discriminated against, treated unfairly or would like to discuss something
that is bothering you, contact us, whether it's the first time you have a question or as a last resort.


You can come to the service with any issues or problems that you might experience as a student - from questions or concerns about your education or University procedures to a health enquiry or a mental health issue. The Student Advice Service employs a full time professional Student Advisor whose primary role is providing confidential support to students. The Welfare and Rights Officer, the Education Officer, and the Women's Officer will also be able to provide support and representation.

The Student Advice Service can support you in a number of ways. We can discuss your concerns with you, explore what options are available to you, and represent you at a college or University level if necessary. We also act as a signposting service – if we can't assist you, we can help you work out what other sources of support are available that might better suit your needs.

The Student Advice Service is based in two locations - at CUSU and at the Graduate Union. We have advice areas at both these places, so feel free to drop in and chat to a member of the service at any time, Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm. You can also make an appointment by emailing advice@studentadvice.ac.uk or welfare@cusu.ac.uk by phoning 01223 746999.

Cambridge University Students' Union
Old Examination Hall
New Museums Site
Free School Lane
Cambridge
CB2 3RF

The Graduate Union
17 Mill Lane
Cambridge
CB3 1RX

This service is confidential – whilst we may share information within the service, no information about you or your situation will be given to anyone outside the service, except in very rare circumstances. Information about who we are and what we do, including our and confidentiality policy can be found on the website at www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk

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Saturday 3rd Feb

1. Elections: vote Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for next year's sabbatical officers

2. Childcare notices (feedback, bursaries and playscheme)

3. Eating Disorders Support Group: Thursday at 4.30pm

4. Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers social group: Friday 1pm

5. Myriam Francois-Cerrah talk: 'Youth, Faith and the Media: Countering Media Portrayals and Developing Healthy Relationships Between People and the Press', Wednesday 7th March

6. Become a student consultant for Students Against Depression

7. International Women's Day: Get Together for Oxfam (Sunday 11th March)

8. Get out and meet new people at a FREE film night: 13th March

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1. Elections!

This year's elections are taking place for next year's sabbatical team (welfare and rights officer, women's officer, education officer, president, access officer, and coordinator) This is an exciting time to choose YOUR representatives and get involved in shaping YOUR union. For more info on the candidates, how to vote and more see www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/elections

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2. Childcare notices (feedback, bursaries and playscheme)

The Childcare office has alerted us of some important information relating to bursaries, vacation playschemes and getting feedback on your services. See www.cusu.cam.ac.uk /welfare/bulletin/childcarenotices For more info.

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3. Eating Disorders Support Group: Thursday at 4.30pm

Location: CUSU conference room

This is a non-judgmental, non-critical, confidential support group for anyone who suffers from eating disorders. The group is part of the B-eat network, a national charity for eating disorders, and facilitated by fully trained B-eat volunteers.


The groups run as small groups of individuals, and are guided by two b-eat trained facilitators who will ensure the meeting is conducted to include and support all members in a safe and constructive environment. Facilitators are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, national codes of practice and undergo constant reflection, evaluation and supervision so they can best support the group.

The sessions are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like – no one asks you to stand up and recite your life story, and simply coming along to listen is fine!

Members are also more than welcome to bring a friend along.

Every Thursday in term, 4,30pm-6pm
Contact: welfare@cusu.ac.uk

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4. Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers Social Group

The group is for anyone who identifies with Asperger Syndrome/HF Autism and is studying at the University of Cambridge. We meet as a small group to chat about a variety of topics, share and enjoy individual interests, meet other students from across the University, share problems and solutions, do activities and contribute to improving the student experience.
New members are always welcome, so feel free to bring a friend or invite new members.

Dates for Lent term: 20th January – 16th March 2012

Time: every Friday lunch time: 1-2pm, feel free to bring your lunch

Venue: Meet at the DRC reception at 1pm

If you have any questions, please contact either Joanna Hastwell (Asperger Syndrome Project Officer, DRC) via email:joanna.hastwell@admin.ac.uk or Rosie O'Neill (CUSU Welfare and Rights Officer) via email: welfare@cusu.ac.uk

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5. Myriam Francois-Cerrah talk: 'Youth, Faith and the Media: Countering Media Portrayals and Developing Healthy Relationships Between People and the Press', Wednesday 7th March

Myriam Francois-Cerrah - Myriam is a journalist and regular commentator on current affairs, she is due to complete her PhD at Oxford University in Oriental Studies in 2012. Myriam has appeared on Newsnight, BBC news, Crosstalk and several documentaries. A former actress, Myriam converted to Islam in 2003.

The media in Britain has a massive influence in shaping the national discourse, it is often criticised for promoting negative images and focusing on unrepresentative minority groups. The groups most often misrepresented are minority communities, especially Muslims, and Youth.

This event will draw upon Myriam's experience of the media, and encourage a open and engaging discussion. Some of the questions that will be explored include:


Does the Media shape public opinion and prejudices or just reflect prejudices which are already present in society? What role does 'new media', like Twitter and blogging have in allowing fair representations? Can the Media every be truly representative?

https://www.facebook.com/events/341303882579055/

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6. Become a Student Consulant for Students against Depression

Make a difference and earn some money!

Can you help us with our research or help others by keeping an online blog about how you beat depression? See here for more info: Students against Depression flyer

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7. International Women's Day: Get Together for Oxfam (Sunday 11th March)

Bake sale with the theme "International Women's Day: Get Together for Oxfam". One of the very lovely cakes will go on a silent auction. The aim of this event is to raise money for charity (Oxfam) which will be distributed to women living in poverty as well as getting together to meet everyone on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.


The cakes and other baked product will be served with tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Date: Sunday, 11th March, 2012,
Time: 3-5pm
Venue: Dining hall, Leckhampton House, Corpus Christi College, CB3 9BJ

Please note that this event is for all and not just the female folks.

Contact: boa26@cam.ac.uk

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8. 8. Get Out And Meet New People At A Free Film Night

Want to meet some new people?

Bored of being stuck in your room?

Got cabin fever?

Then come along to two free film nights for all students where you can meet people, chat, relax, eat snacks and enjoy the cinematic masterpieces that is the King's Speech (March 13th). Or enjoy pointing out the faults in it. Whatever.

What: Showing of The King's Speech preceded by drinks/snacks
When: Tuesday 13th March, 7:00pm (for a 7:30 start)
Where: At the Graduate Union Café (just off Silver Street; www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/gradunion/#contact)

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Saturday 18th Feb 2012

This week:

1. CUSU sabbatical Elections and NUS elections

2. The Big Chill: relaxation, food and fun!

3. "Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?": Panel discussion and debate

4. Mental health week

5. Coexistnce trust event: 'Combating discrimination, promoting diversity'

6. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group

7. Disabled Students Campaign Elections

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**1. CUSU sabbatical Elections and NUS elections**

On March 5th 2012, almost 21,000 Cambridge students will go to the polls and choose their lead student representatives for the 2012/13 academic year. This is the page to find out all the info on the 2012 Elections - how to stand, how to participate, and all the key dates and documents.

For all the information on running for CUSU Sabbatical Office (or Ethical Affairs Chair), or for becoming a delegate to the NUS National Conference, seehttp://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/ elections/

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**2. The Big Chill: relaxation, food and fun!**

Date/Time: 22nd February 2012 , 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Kings College


CUSU-GU's annual chill-out event to celebrate the end of Mental Health week, featuring…

-Food: pizza, chocolate fondue, snacks and nibbles, endless tea and more!
-Zumba (class 1.30pm)
-Meditation (class at 12 and class at 4)
-Bubblewrap (100m for your popping pleasure!)
-massages (all day)
-cards, magazines, papers, music, board games and more

All FREE! Drop in and chill out at any point throughout the day!

Email welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk with any questions.

Join the facebook event and invite your friends: http://www.facebook. com/events/348688091829134/

This event is disabled accessible.

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**3. "Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?": Panel discussion and debate**

Date/Time: 21st February 2012 , 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Blue Room, The Union

As part of Mental Health week, CU Mental Wealth, in association with CUSU-GU, brings you:

"Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?": Panel discussion and debate

With Mark Phippen (University Counselling Service), Geoff Shepherd (Centre for Mental Health) and Juliet Foster (Psychology Dept., Cambridge)

Everyone welcome! No membership needed.

Join the facebook event and invite your friends: http://www.facebook. com/events/222815201148414/

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**4. Mental health week**

Monday 20th Feb, 1pm: LECTURE EVENT, "Chaos and Control: advertising psychiatric and non-psychiatric medication" Juliet Foster (Psychology, Cambridge) (Open to all! Location: PPS Seminar Room)

Tuesday 21st 7:30pm: DEBATE: Panel Discussion with Mark Phippen (University Counselling Service), Geoff Shepherd (Centre for Mental Health), Juliet Foster (Psychology Dept., Cambridge): "Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?" Venue: Blue Room, Union

Wednesday 22nd 11am-5pm: The Big Chill: Free massages, meditation classes, zumba classes, bubblewrap, food and music. Chetwynd room, King's College.

Wednesday 22nd 6:30pm: LECTURE EVENT: "Self-harm" lecture. NHS. William Harvey Lecture Theatre, Clinical School, Addenbrookes Hospital.

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**5. Coexistnce trust event: 'Combating discrimination, promoting diversity'**

Hosted by the Coexistence Trust and CUSU Anti-Racism Campaign

1800-1930, Wednesday 22nd February

Room B, The Arts School, Bene't Street


Refreshments Provided and all students welcome

-Share your experiences and views on campus relations at Cambridge

-Discuss ideas for new initatives to promote cultural understanding and a safe, inclusive campus for all

The Coexistence Trust combats anti-Semitism and Islamophobia on UK campuses. We know that these issues are not solely the concern of students affected by discrimination or prejudice and work with students, societies and SUs to best address the challenges at each university where we work. Campus FaithHub is our campaigning and advocacy platform that gives all students a space to Be Heard on crucial issues.

As part of the Spring 2011 Campus FaithHub Tour the Coexistence Trust and CUSU Anti-Racism want to hear your views on campus relations at Cambridge and your ideas for the future. This session will be an informal facilitated discussion to help us learn how best work at Cambridge to

-Combat discrimination and hatred

-Ensure that students of all backgrounds can live and study safely together

-Promote partnership and learning between different groups

All students are welcome. Refreshments will be provided in appreciation of your attendance at the end of another hard day of study.

Get in touch on derek.oakley@ coexistencetrust.org to let us know that you are planning to attend and participate or if you have any questions or suggestions.

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**6. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group**

Date/Time: 24th February 2012 , 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: CUSU conference room

This is a non-judgmental, non-critical, confidential support group for anyone who suffers from eating disorders. The group is part of the B-eat network, a national charity for eating disorders, and facilitated by fully trained B-eat volunteers.
The groups run as small groups of individuals, and are guided by two b-eat trained facilitators who will ensure the meeting is conducted to include and support all members in a safe and constructive environment. Facilitators are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, national codes of practice and undergo constant reflection, evaluation and supervision so they can best support the group.

The sessions are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like – no one asks you to stand up and recite your life story, and simply coming along to listen is fine! Members are also more than welcome to bring a friend along.

Every Thursday in term, 4,30pm-6pm
Contact: welfare@cusu.ac.uk
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**7. Disabled Students Campaign Elections**

CUSU elections are coming up and that includes the DSC elections! Nominations for all posts will be open from 5pm on Monday the 20th February until 5pm on Monday the 27th February.

Committee positions are:-
Exec:-
Disabled Students' Officer
Welfare Officer
Academic Affairs Officer
Access Officer
Computing Officer
Equality and Diversity Officer
Socials Officer
Womens' Officer


Representatives:-
Visible impairments representative
Invisible impairments representative
Multiple impairments representative
Mental Health representative

To put yourself forward for nomination for any of the positions please e-mail disabled- elections@cusu.cam.ac.uk with your name and contact details
along with which position you wish to stand for. Please remember that forboth voting and standing in the election you must self identify.

Check out the website here: http://www.disabled. cusu.cam.ac.uk/ and feel free to email any current member if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, 14th Feb, 2012

1. The Big Chill Wednesday, 22nd February
2. Mental Health Week Launch, with Live Music fom Esperada! Thursday 16th Feb
3. International Aspects of the Stigmatization of Mental Illness , Friday 17th Feb
4. Mental Health week: music, talks, events and more! 16th-22nd Feb
5. Acoustics, Candles and Cocktails: 21st Feb
6. Get out and Meet New People at a FREE Film Night: Thursday 16th Feb
7. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help Group: Thursday 16th Feb
8. AS Social Group: Friday 17th Feb

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**1. The Big Chill Wednesday, 22nd February**

CUSU's annual chill-out event to celebrate the end of Mental Health week, featuring...

-food: pizza, chocolate fondue, snacks and nibbles, endless tea and more!
-Zumba (class 1.30pm)
-Meditation (class at 12 and class at 4)
-Bubblewrap (100m for your popping pleasure!)
-Massages (all day)
-cards, magazines, papers, music, board games and more

All FREE! Drop in and chill out at any point throughout the day!

When:11:00 until 17:00
Where: Chetwynd Room, Kings College, Cambridge

Join the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/348688091829134/

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**2. Mental Health Week Launch, with Live Music fom Esperada! Thursday 16th Feb**

This Thursday (16th Feb) will be the launch to out exciting Cambridge Mental Health Week is looking good. There will be live music from Esperada, cheap drinks, and £2 entry to Life for anyone that comes!
Listen to the band here: https://www.facebook.com/esperadamusic

Time: 8.30pm-10.30pm
Place: Robinson College Bar

Questions? Email mentalwealth@cusu.ac.uk

See what else is in store for Mental Health Week here: www.facebook.com/CUmentalhealthweek

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**3. International Aspects of the Stigmatization of Mental Illness, Friday 17th Feb**

Prof Roland Littlewood, Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry at UCL is coming to Cambridge to give a lecture on "International Aspects of the Stigmatization of Mental Illness". The event is organised by CUSAS and Mental Wealth as part of mental health week, and is open to everyone!

Time: 5pm-6.30pm
Place: Seminar Room, PPS Faculty, Free School Lane, Cambridge

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/229601953797440/

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**4. Mental Wealth Week! Talks, workshops, events and more!**


Cambridge Mental Health Week is coming your way! We have planned loads of events, including talks, debates and comedy. Join the facebook group to keep up to date with the full programme when its finalised:

http://www.facebook.com/CUmentalWealth

Already confirmed...

16th Feb: Live Music Launch at Robinson Bar with Esperada

17th Feb: Felicia Huppert from Psychology, Cambridge on "Does well-being have a role to play in public policy" Venue TBC

17th Feb: 5pm: Roland Littlewood from Social Anthropology, UCL will talk on International Aspects of the Stigmatisation of Mental Illness. PPS Seminar Room Held with CUSAS.

18th Feb: 8pm Improvised Comedy Ents, in aid of Cambridge Mental Wealth. Downing College

21st Feb: 7:30pm Panel Discussion: "Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?" With representatives from the University Counselling Service and Centre for Mental Wealth, and Juliet Foster, from Psychology, Cambridge. (Venue tbc)

22nd Feb: 11am-5pm: The Big Chill: Free massages, yoga classes, zumba classes, bubble-wrap food and music.Chetwynd room, King's College.

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**5. Acoustics, Candles and Cocktails**

On: Tuesday, 21st February
At: La Raza
From: 8.30pm

Fancy an awesome night out whilst supporting a really good cause?
At the end of week 5 we bring you the chance to unwind and relax with a cocktail or two, whilst listening to some relaxing acoustic music from talent across Cambridge...

***ENTRANCE £3- all proceeds go towards the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre***

http://www.cambridgerapecrisis.co.uk/

the line up so far:
****HUGH SILLITOE**** (www.hughsillitoe.bandcamp.com)
****STEPH AND JOHN*****
*** THREE AND A HALF SCIENTISTS***
****WHAT THE FOLK**** (http://soundcloud.com/whatthefolk)

This event is hosted by Cambridge RAG, The CUSU Woman's Campaign and Cambridge Amnesty International.
Join the facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/171195026326692/

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**6. Get out and Meet New People at a FREE Film Night*


Want to meet some new people?
Bored of being stuck in your room?
Got cabin fever?


Then come along to a free film night for any and all students where you can meet people, chat, relax, eat snacks and enjoy the cinematic masterpiece that is True Grit (starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon). Or enjoy pointing out the faults in it. Whatever.


What: Showing of True Grit preceded by drinks/snacks
When: Thursday 16th February, 7:00pm (for a 7:30 start)
Where: At the Graduate Union Café (just off Silver Street;www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/gradunion/#contact )
Why: Why not? It's free.


Contact: advice@studentadvice.ac.uk
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**7. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group**


Date: Thursday, 2nd Feb
Time: 4.30pm-6pm
Where: CUSU conference room (CUSU offices, New Museum Site)
This is a non-judgmental, non-critical, confidential support group for anyone who suffers from eating disorders. The group is part of the B-eat network, a national charity for eating disorders, and facilitated by fully trained B-eat volunteers.
The groups run as small groups of individuals, and are guided by two b-eat trained facilitators who will ensure the meeting is conducted to include and support all members in a safe and constructive environment. Facilitators are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, national codes of practice and undergo constant reflection, evaluation and supervision so they can best support the group.
The sessions are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like - no one asks you to stand up and recite your life story, and simply coming along to listen is fine! Members are also more than welcome to bring a friend along.


Contact: welfare@cusu.ac.uk
Webpage: www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk/supportincambridge/edsupportgroup/


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**8.Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers Social Group**


The group is for anyone who identifies with Asperger Syndrome/HF Autism and is studying at the University of Cambridge. We meet as a small group to chat about a variety of topics, share and enjoy individual interests, meet other students from across the University, share problems and solutions, do activities and contribute to improving the student experience.


New members are always welcome, so feel free to bring a friend or invite new members.
Dates for Lent term: 20th January – 16th March 2012
Time: every Friday lunch time: 1-2pm, feel free to bring your lunch
Venue: THIS WEEK: CUSU conference room, CUSU offices, new Museum Site


If you have any questions, please contact either Joanna Hastwell (Asperger Syndrome Project Officer, DRC) via email:joanna.hastwell@admin.ac.uk or Rosie O'Neill (CUSU Welfare and Rights Officer) via email: welfare@cusu.ac.uk

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Tuesday 7th Feb 2012

This week...
1. FREE CHOCOLATE, better services, better facilities and better information! Take the Sexual Health Survey
2. Get out and Meet New People at a FREE Film Night
3. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help Group
4. Mental Health week: music, talks, events and more!
5. AS Social Group
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**1. FREE CHOCOLATE, better services, better facilities and better information! Take the Sexual Health Survey**
Its Sexual Health Awareness week, and your chance to make your voice heard, shape your services AND win some freebies! As part of a project to better meet the needs of students, CUSU, the University and the local PCT have been undertaking a sexual health needs assessment, and the brand new and exciting (ish) Sexual Health Survey is central to this.
All your answers are completely confidential and will not be traceable to individual students. PLUS, once you've finished, you'll have a chance to enter into a free prize draw, with the chance for...
**A free chocolate bar delivered straight to your pigeon hole for the first 50 respondents*
**A Lindt mini chocolate bunny for every 100th respondent**
**A bumper box of Fudge kitchen for respondent number 400**
It will only take a few minutes to fill in and the survey will close on the 18th Feb, so get involved!

TO TAKE THE SURVEY, CLICK HERE: https://camtools.cam.ac.uk/direct/eval-evaluation/6481

ALSO: Don't forget, if you're under 24 and take a free chlamydia test at any point in February, you'll get a FREE cinema ticket. Tests can be taken from a stall in your college (look out for adverts to see if there will be an event in your college) or from freetest.me
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**2. Get out and Meet New People at a FREE Film Night*
Want to meet some new people?
Bored of being stuck in your room?
Got cabin fever?
Then come along to a free film night for any and all students where you can meet people, chat, relax, eat snacks and enjoy the cinematic masterpiece that is True Grit (starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon). Or enjoy pointing out the faults in it. Whatever.
What: Showing of True Grit preceded by drinks/snacks
When: Thursday 16th February, 7:00pm (for a 7:30 start)
Where: At the Graduate Union Café (just off Silver Street;www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/gradunion/#contact )
Why: Why not? It's free.
Contact: advice@studentadvice.ac.uk
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**3. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group**
Date: Thursday, 2nd Feb
Time: 4.30pm-6pm
Where: CUSU conference room (CUSU offices, New Museum Site)
This is a non-judgmental, non-critical, confidential support group for anyone who suffers from eating disorders. The group is part of the B-eat network, a national charity for eating disorders, and facilitated by fully trained B-eat volunteers.
The groups run as small groups of individuals, and are guided by two b-eat trained facilitators who will ensure the meeting is conducted to include and support all members in a safe and constructive environment. Facilitators are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, national codes of practice and undergo constant reflection, evaluation and supervision so they can best support the group.
The sessions are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like - no one asks you to stand up and recite your life story, and simply coming along to listen is fine! Members are also more than welcome to bring a friend along.
Contact: welfare@cusu.ac.uk
Webpage: www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk/supportincambridge/edsupportgroup/
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**4. Mental Wealth Week! Talks, workshops, events and more!**
Cambridge Mental Health Week is coming your way! We have planned loads of events, including talks, debates and comedy. Join the facebook group to keep up to date with the full programme when its finalised:
http://www.facebook.com/CUmentalWealth
Already confirmed...
16th Feb: Live Music Launch at Robinson Bar with Esperada
17th Feb: Felicia Huppert from Pschology, Cambridge on "Does well-being have a role to play in public policy" Venue TBC
17th Feb: 5pm: Roland Littlewood from Social Anthropology, UCL will talk on International Aspects of the Stigmatisation of Mental Illness. PPS Seminar Room Held with CUSAS.
18th Feb: 8pm Improvised Comedy Ents, in aid of Cambridge Mental Wealth. Downing College
21st Feb: 7:30pm Panel Discussion: "Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?" With representatives from the University Counselling Service and Centre for Mental Wealth, and Juliet Foster, from Psychology, Cambridge. (Venue tbc)
22nd Feb: 11am-5pm: The Big Chill: Free massages, yoga classes, zumba classes, bubble-wrap food and music.Chetwynd room, King's College.
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**5.Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers Social Group**
The group is for anyone who identifies with Asperger Syndrome/HF Autism and is studying at the University of Cambridge. We meet as a small group to chat about a variety of topics, share and enjoy individual interests, meet other students from across the University, share problems and solutions, do activities and contribute to improving the student experience.
New members are always welcome, so feel free to bring a friend or invite new members.
Dates for Lent term: 20th January – 16th March 2012
Time: every Friday lunch time: 1-2pm, feel free to bring your lunch
Venue: DRC Bridget's meeting room, Keynes House, Trumpington Street, map: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/disability
Students can also join the 'University of Cambridge AS social group' facebook group: www.facebook.com
If you have any questions, please contact either Joanna Hastwell (Asperger Syndrome Project Officer, DRC) via email:joanna.hastwell@admin.ac.uk or Rosie O'Neill (CUSU Welfare and Rights Officer) via email: welfare@cusu.ac.uk

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Tuesday, 31st January

For officers:
1. Advanced Core skills training: The essential training for all college officers, Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm, Graduate Union Building
2. Sexual Health Week: run a chlamydia screening and host a talk. Too busy? Sexperts on hand to help!
For students:
1. Eating Disorders Support and Self-Help group: Thursday, 5.15pm
2. Mental Wealth Week! Talks, workshops, events and more!
3. Congratulations Mental Wealth! Mental Wealth Cambridge win Mathew Elvidge Recognition award
4. Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers Social Group
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1. *Advanced core skills, referral and role play practice on Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm, Graduate Union Building*

This is THE essential training for any officer involved in Student Support and Rights, and will be deliverd by our full-time, professional student advisor, Lisa Dery. The session will allow you to:

Explain the meaning of confidentiality and its relevance to your role,
Examine boundaries and how these apply to your role
Provide active listening
Recognise the difference between active listening and advice giving
Refer students to the appropriate service

Please email advice@cusu.cam.ac.uk to book your place. This is a fantastic course and will enable you to give the best support possible to students and make a real difference to your friends (and looks great on your CV!). It's a fun and interactive programme, and will also be an opportunity to raise questions and concerns, so please do come along !
This is in the same building as the Graduate Union – directions and map available here-www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/ gradunion/#contact.
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2. *Sexperts and Sexual Health Week (1st-16th Feb)*

Chlamydia screening

This year, we've managed to organise that EVERY COLLEGE is entitled to a Sexual Health event run with the Cambridgesire Sexual Health Outreach team- this means that the team will come into college at a time you choose, run a Chlamydia screening and give out loads of fun freebies. Students who take a test in February will also recieve a FREE cinema ticket just for taking a test!

Sexual Health Talks

If you wand to organise a sexual health Q&A, workshop or talk in your college, from next week we'll have loads of eager trained Sexperts clued-up and ready to come and give a hand, or alternativly, feel free to come yourself to Sexpert training this Sunday (1-4pm, CUSU offices).

If everyone could fill in the doodle poll here (http://www.doodle.com/ 9ivmix6zfbfx5mhk) with their plans, including name, email and college in 'name' box, then we can coordinate and organise. The poll will let me know if:

1. you want to run a screening yourself in college (in which case I will put you in touch with the PCT)
2. you would like a sexpert to come and help with a screening in your college (in which case I will put you in touch with the PCT and a sexpert)
AND
3. you would like to run a sexual health talk/workshop/Q&A in your college, and would like a sexpert to come in and deliver this session
4. you would like to run a sexual health talk/workshop/Q&A in your college, and would like attend sexpert training on Sunday and deliver training yourself
Email me (welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk) if the poll doesn't work or you've got any questions!
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1. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group*
Date: Thursday, 2nd Feb
Time: 5.15pm-6.45pm
Where: CUSU conference room (CUSU offices, New Museum Site)
This is a non-judgmental, non-critical, confidential support group for anyone who suffers from eating disorders. The group is part of the B-eat network, a national charity for eating disorders, and facilitated by fully trained B-eat volunteers.
The groups run as small groups of individuals, and are guided by two b-eat trained facilitators who will ensure the meeting is conducted to include and support all members in a safe and constructive environment. Facilitators are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, national codes of practice and undergo constant reflection, evaluation and supervision so they can best support the group.
The sessions are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like - no one asks you to stand up and recite your life story, and simply coming along to listen is fine! Members are also more than welcome to bring a friend along.
The time and place still need to be finalised, but will be advertised via the Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group mailing list (email welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk to join- it is confidential and your email address will not be visable on any emails) and in the CUSU bulletin (sent to every student every Sunday night/Monday morning)

Webpage: www.studentadvice. cam.ac.uk/supportincambridge/ edsupportgroup/

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2. Mental Wealth Week! Talks, workshops, events and more!

Cambridge Mental Health Week is coming your way! We have planned loads of events, including talks, debates and comedy. Join the facebook group to keep up to date with the full programme when its finalised: http://www. facebook.com/CUmentalWealth

Already confirmed...

16th Feb: Live Music Launch at Robinson Bar
17th Feb: Felicia Huppert from Pschology, Cambridge on Does well-being have a role to play in public policy. Venue TBC
17th Feb: 5pm: Roland Littlewood from Social Anthropology, UCL will talk on International Aspects of the Stigmatisation of Mental Illness. PPS Seminar Room Held with CUSAS.
18th Feb: 8pm Improvised Comedy Ents, in aid of Cambridge Mental Wealth. Downing College
21st Feb: 7:30pm Panel Discussion: "Is it always helpful to diagnose mental health?" With representatives from the University Counselling Service and Centre for Mental Wealth, and Juliet Foster, from psychology, Cambridge. (Venue tbc)
22nd Feb: 11am-5pm: The Big Chill: Free massages, yoga classes, zumba classes, bubble-wrap food and music.Chetwynd room, King's College.
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3.*Congratulations Mental Wealth! Mental Wealth Cambridge win Mathew Elvidge Recognition award*

This week the Cambridge Mental Wealth group was nationally recognised as the 'best new group' in the Mental Wealth Campaign, and won a shiney award, national prestige and £300 to fund the camapign! This is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved- congratulations all!
Find out more at : http://www.facebook.com/CUmentalwealth or email mentalwealth@cusu.ac.uk to join the campaign and get involved.
Find out more about the Mathew Elvidge trust here: www.thematthewelvidgetrust.com
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4.*Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers Social Group*

The group is for anyone who identifies with Asperger Syndrome/HF Autism and is studying at the University of Cambridge. We meet as a small group to chat about a variety of topics, share and enjoy individual interests, meet other students from across the University, share problems and solutions, do activities and contribute to improving the student experience.

New members are always welcome, so feel free to bring a friend or invite new members.

Dates for Lent term: 20th January – 16th March 2012

Time: every Friday lunch time: 1-2pm, feel free to bring your lunch

Venue: DRC Bridget's meeting room, Keynes House, Trumpington Street, map: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/disability


Students can also join the 'University of Cambridge AS social group' facebook group: www.facebook.com

If you have any questions, please contact either Joanna Hastwell (Asperger Syndrome Project Officer, DRC) via email:joanna.hastwell@admin.ac.uk or Rosie O'Neill (CUSU Welfare and Rights Officer) via email: welfare@cusu.ac.uk

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Tuesday, 24th January

1. Introduction to student support training (this Thursday)
2. Core skills training (next Thursday)
3. Chlamydia Screenings and Sexual Health week: Freebies, Fun and How Too!
4. Campaign facilitation workshop (Wednesday)
5. Student Advice Service: open as normal


1. * Introduction to student support- Thursday 26th January 5-6pm, CUSU offices*
A training session for all new officers covering the essential basics you need to know for your year, from welfare supplies to training to student support and events! Please RSVP to welfare@cusu.ac.uk if you would like to come (or if you would like to come but can't make it this time!).

In this session we will cover:

· What is your role?
· The core basics to being a great welfare officer
· The where, when, who, how of support, resources, training and advice
· Support available to students in Cambridge and Nationally and how to make an effective referral
· You will also receive your handbook, resources sheets and have the opportunity to ask any questions or make any suggestions.
Location: CUSU offices, New Museum Site (http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/contacts/directions/)

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2. *Advanced core skills, referral and role play practice on Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm, Graduate Union Building*

This is THE essential training for any officer involved in Student Support and Rights, and will be deliverd by our full-time, professional student advisor, Lisa Dery. The session will allow you to:
  • Explain the meaning of confidentiality and its relevance to your role,
  • Examine boundaries and how these apply to your role
  • Provide active listening
  • Recognise the difference between active listening and advice giving
  • Refer students to the appropriate service
Please email advice@cusu.ac.uk to book your place. This is a fantastic course and will enable you to give the best support possible to students and make a real difference to your friends (and looks great on your CV!). It's a fun and interactive programme, and will also be an opportunity to raise questions and concerns, so please do come along !

This is in the same building as the Graduate Union – directions and map available here -www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/gradunion/#contact.

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3. *Sexperts and Sexual Health Week (1st-16th Feb)*

Sexual health week (or fortnight) is rapidly approaching, and there are lots of great opportunities coming up!

The key foci of the week will be:
  • Chlamydia screening
  • Sexual Health survey
  • Disseminating new Sexual health leaflet
  • Consent
This year, we've managed to organise that EVERY COLLEGE is entitled to a Sexual Health event run with the Cambridgesire Sexual Health Outreach team- this means that the team will come into college at a time you choose, run a Chlamydia screening and give out loads of fun freebies. Students who take a test in February will also recieve a FREE cinema ticket just for taking a test!

We'll also be providing training for 'Sexperts' to be at the events, providing information and answering any questions. These can be any keen students from the college, or members of the JCR/MCR.

The women's campaign, coordinated by Ruth graham, will be simultaneously launching their 'consent' campaign, and Ruth will be running a workshop on consent and related issues during the fortnight!

*How to get involved and take part!*

1. If you want to run to invite the Sexual Health Outreach Team a Chamydia screening event in your college (with freebies and cinema tickets!), email me (welfare@cusu.ac.uk) with a date, and I'll put you in contact with the team. Details on how to run the event are availiable here: http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/welfare/sexualhealth/screening/

2. To become a Sexpert, please just email with your name and college! Training will take place on Sunday afternoon, Feb 5th, and delivered by the NHS and local charity DHIVerse. Its sure to be a fun session, will look great on your CV and will be an opportunity to really make a difference AND hone your peer education skills, so please do come along!

3. The consent campaign will be launching on the 1st of Feb (date of workshop tbc). Email womens@cusu.cam.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list and get involved!

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4. **Facilitation and Training workshop: Wednesday 25th January**
On Wednesday 25th January the Disabled Students' Campaign are holding Facilitation Training run by Seeds for Change, in the Chetwynd Room of King's College. Anyone with an interest in receiving training on running and facilitating meetings and campaigns is welcome to come.

This event will be divided into two sessions as follows:

10:45-1.05 - Session 1: making campaigns and meetings effective and participatory - addressing participation, the flow of meetings, and action points

2.30-4.50 - Session 2: facilitation - identifying what facilitation is and practising skills

There will be a twenty minute break where refreshments (including a gluten and wheat free and a fruit or veg option) will be provided. There will be an option to lunch together.

Directions to the Chetwynd Room: Step-free: From the porter's lodge of King's College go through Main Court and turn left under the library (after the end of the first building, into Webb's Court on the map below). Go up the ramp to the left, through the automated (press-button) door. Follow the building round to the bar, go through the bar, turn right, and the Chetwynd Room is at the end of the corridor.

Non-step-free: Go through the porter's lodge of King's College, turn left, and go up the steps into the building that is directly in front of you. Go through the bar to the back left hand corner, and follow the corridor down past the toilets. At the end is the Chetwynd Room.

Here is a map of the college:

http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/files/visit/college-map.pdf

The Chetwynd Room is in Scott's Building.

For any more information please get in touch on disabled@cusu.ac.uk.
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5. Questions? Concerns? Not sure where to turn? Visit the Student Advice Service*

The Student Advice Service offers free, confidential and independent support to all students. If you feel you have been discriminated against, treated unfairly or would like to discuss something that is bothering you, contact us, whether it's the first time you have a question or as a last resort.

You can come to the service with any issues or problems that you might experience as a student - from questions or concerns about your education or University procedures to a health enquiry or a mental health issue. The Student Advice Service employs a full time professional Student Advisor whose primary role is providing confidential support to students. The Welfare and Rights Officer, the Education Officer, and the Women's Officer will also be able to provide support and representation.

The Student Advice Service can support you in a number of ways. We can discuss your concerns with you, explore what options are available to you, and represent you at a college or University level if necessary. We also act as a signposting service – if we can't assist you, we can help you work out what other sources of support are available that might better suit your needs.

The Student Advice Service is based in two locations - at CUSU and at the Graduate Union. We have advice areas at both these places, so feel free to drop in and chat to a member of the service at any time, Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm. You can also make an appointment by emailing advice@studentadvice.ac.uk or welfare@cusu.ac.uk by phoning 01223 746999.

Cambridge University Students' Union
Old Examination Hall
New Museums Site
Free School Lane
Cambridge
CB2 3RF

The Graduate Union
17 Mill Lane
Cambridge
CB3 1RX

This service is confidential – whilst we may share information within the service, no information about you or your situation will be given to anyone outside the service, except in very rare circumstances. Information about who we are and what we do, including our and confidentiality policy can be found on the website at www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk

Monday, 16th January

1. Officer Training!

2. Resources and supplies

3. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group

4. Bike lights and Attack Alarms

5. Sexperts and Sexual Health Week

6. CamFm Confidents: all your questions answered!

7. Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers Social Group

8. Questions? Concerns? Not sure where to turn? Visit the Student Advice Service

*1.Officer Training:

They'll be an ongoing series of talks, workshops and training sessions this year, with confirmed sessions on core skills, consent and sexual harassment, mental health, sexual health, inter-faith and cross-cultural understanding and more. Remember, we are here to support you- if there is any issue you would like training on, or an area you have expertise in and would like to share with others, simply get in touch!

Please email the Welfare and Rights Officer (welfare@cusu.ac.uk) if you have any specific access requirements so that arrangements can be made.

* Introduction to student support- Thursday 26th January 5-6pm, CUSU offices*

A training session for all new officers covering the essential basics you need to know for your year, from welfare supplies to training to student support and events! Please RSVP to welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk if you would like to come (or if you would like to come but can't make it this time!).

In this session we will cover:

· What is your role?

· The core basics to being a great welfare officer

· The where, when, who, how of support, resources, training and advice

· Support available to students in Cambridge and Nationally and how to make an effective referral

· You will also receive your handbook, resources sheets and have the opportunity to ask any questions or make any suggestions.

Location: CUSU offices, New Museum Site (http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/contacts/directions/)

*Advanced core skills, referral and role play practice on Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm, Graduate Union Building*

This is THE essential training for any officer involved in Student Support and Rights, and will be deliverd by our full-time, professional student advisor, Lisa Dery. The session will allow you to:

  • Explain the meaning of confidentiality and its relevance to your role,
  • Examine boundaries and how these apply to your role
  • Provide active listening
  • Recognise the difference between active listening and advice giving
  • Refer students to the appropriate service

Please email advice@cusu.cam.ac.uk to book your place. This is a fantastic course and will enable you to give the best support possible to students and make a real difference to your friends (and looks great on your CV!). It's a fun and interactive programme, and will also be an opportunity to raise questions and concerns, so please do come along !

This is in the same building as the Graduate Union – directions and map available here -www.gradunion.cam.ac.uk/gradunion/#contact.


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*2. Resources and supplies*


CUSU sells lots of different welfare resources and supplies at cost price. These can be bought 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday at CUSU reception (http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/contacts/directions/) including:

Bike lights: Bargain price of £8 for a pair of high quality lights with batteries included! We are also able to order in bulk for colleges to distribute.

Attack alarms: £2.50, discrete, gender neutral and available in a variety of colours (silver, green, purple etc). As with bike lights, available to buy in bulk.

Condoms and Sexual health : We sell lots of different types of condoms and associated supplies (large packs, individual packs, condom machine refulls, different sizes, non latex, vegan, femidoms, lube and dental dams). The most popular with welfare officers are our bulk packs of durex priced at just £12 for 144.

Pregnancy tests: FREE! We are able to give 5 test to officers, but as they are quite expensive we normally distribute them individually to students. Students may order tests via the website: http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/welfare/pregnancy/test.html

Chlamydia tests: Students can order a test to be delivered to them in discrete packaging free from www.freetest.me

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*3. Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group*

Date: tbc
Time: 7pm-8.30pm
Where: CUSU conference room (CUSU offices, New Museum Site)

This is a non-judgmental, non-critical, confidential support group for anyone who suffers from eating disorders. The group is part of the B-eat network, a national charity for eating disorders, and facilitated by fully trained B-eat volunteers.

The groups run as small groups of individuals, and are guided by two b-eat trained facilitators who will ensure the meeting is conducted to include and support all members in a safe and constructive environment. Facilitators are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, national codes of practice and undergo constant reflection, evaluation and supervision so they can best support the group.

The sessions are always user led, so you can talk as much or as little as you like - no one asks you to stand up and recite your life story, and simply coming along to listen is fine! Members are also more than welcome to bring a friend along.

The time and place still need to be finalised, but will be advertised via the Eating Disorders Support and Self-help group mailing list (email welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk to join- it is confidential and your email address will not be visable on any emails) and in the CUSU bulletin (sent to every student every Sunday night/Monday morning)

Contact: welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk
Webpage: www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk/supportincambridge/edsupportgroup/

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*4. Bike Lights and Attack Alarms*

Although the vacation is sadly over, it's still dark and dingy out there (sunset still before 5pm…), soo make sure your prepared with bike lights and a personal safety alarm.

Bike lights: Available for the bargain price of £8 for a pair of high quality lights with batteries included! Remember, it's against the law to cycle without lights, and the fine is a whopping £30 PER LIGHT if you are caught without one!

Attack alarms: If you're out and about by yourself in the early mornings or late at night (going to rowing, running, coming back from a night out etc), it's important to take a few simple precautions to ensure personal safety- try where possible to travel in groups, let someone know where you are going and when you will be back, and carry a personal safety alarm. Alarms are available for just £2.50 from CUSU, and are discrete, gender neutral and available in a variety of colours (silver, green, purple etc).

Both attack alarms and bike lights are available can be bought from CUSU reception 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday ( see here for a map http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/contacts/directions/).

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*5. CamFm Confidents: all your questions answered!*

Got a welfare question? Let our panel of experts answer it live on Cam FM, in association with CUSU

Cam FM Confidants aims to answer our listeners' welfare-related questions (from a different theme each week). Chaired by a senior Cam FM presenter with both panel-chairing and welfare experience, the answers themselves will come from a panel of 'Confidants.'

This week's show goes out on Wednesday (25th January) from 8pm-9pm on 97.2FM, or online at www.camfm.co.uk. The theme will be work stress. If you'd like to pose a question, you can do so through our website atwww.camfm.co.uk, or send it in during the programme.

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*6. Sexperts and Sexual Health Week*

Sexpert Recruitment

We're looking for eager individuals to become trained Sexperts to form part of a student run Sexual Health Outreach team, to help with activities during Sexual Health Awareness Fortnight (second week of Feb) and organise future events with CUSU and other organisations who are committed to promoting sexual health.

Do you want to meet new people? Want to learn more about sexual health? Do you want to have fun for a good cause?

Becoming a Sexpert is an enjoyable yet rewarding way to meet new people, talk to students about sexual health and get involved with campaigning for improved sexual health awareness. Time commitment is flexible - you can commit yourself to as much or as little as you want!


What do Sexperts do?

After an afternoon's training on STI's, HIV, consent and confidentiality, Sexperts will be able to coordinate a Chlamydia Screening Drive within their own college, faculty or society which should only involve securing a location, promoting the event, dispensing and then collecting, the self testing kits which will be given to them. Running this sort of event can be done in coordination with other events, charity fundraising, a general welfare event, or any other way you think of!

It's a great way to hone your social, organizational, peer-support and peer-education skills, and will look great on your CV, and involve only a limited commitment and time use (but with exciting opportunities to expand next year as the Sexperts programme gets bigger and better)


Perks?
>Wonderful Sexpert Stash (with CUSU subsidy).
>A prize for the Sexpert/college/society/faculty that returns the most Chlamydia screening kits.
>Friends, memories, CV points and that warm fuzzy feeling from having made a positive difference to student sexual health!

*Email welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list and keep up to date with upcoming sexpert events and opportunities *

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*7. Autistic Spectrum/Aspergers Social Group*


The group is for anyone who identifies with Asperger Syndrome/HF Autism and is studying at the University of Cambridge. We meet as a small group to chat about a variety of topics, share and enjoy individual interests, meet other students from across the University, share problems and solutions, do activities and contribute to improving the student experience.

New members are always welcome, so feel free to bring a friend or invite new members.

Dates for Lent term: 20th January – 16th March 2012

Time: every Friday lunch time: 1-2pm, feel free to bring your lunch

Venue: DRC Bridget's meeting room, Keynes House, Trumpington Street, map: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/disability

Students can also join the 'University of Cambridge AS social group' facebook group: www.facebook.com

If you have any questions, please contact either Joanna Hastwell (Asperger Syndrome Project Officer, DRC) via email: joanna.hastwell@admin.ac.uk or Rosie O'Neill (CUSU Welfare and Rights Officer) via email: welfare@cusu.ac.uk

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*8. Questions? Concerns? Not sure where to turn? Visit the Student Advice Service*

The Student Advice Service offers free, confidential and independent support to all students. If you feel you have been discriminated against, treated unfairly or would like to discuss something that is bothering you, contact us, whether it's the first time you have a question or as a last resort.

You can come to the service with any issues or problems that you might experience as a student - from questions or concerns about your education or University procedures to a health enquiry or a mental health issue. The Student Advice Service employs a full time professional Student Advisor whose primary role is providing confidential support to students. The Welfare and Rights Officer, the Education Officer, and the Women's Officer will also be able to provide support and representation.

The Student Advice Service can support you in a number of ways. We can discuss your concerns with you, explore what options are available to you, and represent you at a college or University level if necessary. We also act as a signposting service – if we can't assist you, we can help you work out what other sources of support are available that might better suit your needs.

The Student Advice Service is based in two locations - at CUSU and at the Graduate Union. We have advice areas at both these places, so feel free to drop in and chat to a member of the service at any time, Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm. You can also make an appointment by emailing advice@studentadvice.ac.uk or welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk by phoning 01223 746999.

Cambridge University Students' Union
Old Examination Hall
New Museums Site
Free School Lane
Cambridge
CB2 3RF

The Graduate Union
17 Mill Lane
Cambridge
CB3 1RX

This service is confidential – whilst we may share information within the service, no information about you or your situation will be given to anyone outside the service, except in very rare circumstances. Information about who we are and what we do, including our and confidentiality policy can be found on the website at www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk