Introductions: Sarah Craggs

The fresh face of welfare: Welfare and Equality Officer, Sarah CraggsThe fresh face of welfare: Welfare and Equality Officer, Sarah Craggs

Hi! I’m Sarah, your Welfare and Equality Officer for 2017/2018! I am here to represent and guide you on matters outside of your academic life. Throughout the year, I will be running liberation and informative campaigns to support and represent your student interests, from mental health awareness, to housing and financial advice.

As well as my campaign work, I am here to offer wellbeing support to all students, so please do pop in if you have anything to discuss, or even for just a chat!

I will be around throughout your Freshers Week, as well as the other new Sabbatical Officers, if you have any issues. Here at Newcastle University, we have a group of amazing Freshers Week volunteers you will no doubt see a lot this week! They have been fully briefed on how to help you should you encounter any issues or concerns, so you are in the best hands, and they will do anything they can to make sure you have the best experience.

Freshers’ week is about having fun and making new friends, but don’t worry, it’s very normal to feel nervous and apprehensive! Although not everyone will show it, they will be in the same boat. My advice is to go out and sign up to as many activities as possible, and if none of your new flat mates want to come along, don’t worry! There will be plenty of people in the same situation, this is a great way to get stuck into something you will enjoy and meet friends.

If Freshers’ Week does get a little bit too much for you and you have concerns, there are plenty of people to talk to, from your sabbatical officers to your Freshers’ Crew (see page 4 for the different colours these guys are donning). If you want more of a private chat, our student-run Nightline service is open 8pm-8am, and is a confidential service hugely popular with Newcastle Students (0191 261 2905).

Personally, I’m a big fan of Freshers Week! With the countless daytime and night-time activity opportunities, you can make some of your favourite memories. There really is something for everyone, so come along and sign up to as many as you can, as it’s also a great way to meet new friends!

Finally, look after yourself! Get to know your limits so you can enjoy your week whilst staying safe. We want you to have lasting memories, so stay safe and look out for any Freshers’ Crew if you need any help!

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