Welfare Officer: Eric Dale


Welfare Officer: Mary Flanagan


As the Welfare Officers, we’re part of the extensive support network that Trinity Hall offers to ensure that you stay healthy and happy while you’re here.

Our main job is to look out for your welfare and we are available at any time for an informal (and confidential) chat about any problems you may encounter — whether they’re health, relationship, family or work related. We can also give additional advice regarding sexual health and contraception, and related services offered by CUSU.

Part of the support we provide includes the very important weekly tea and biscuits session where everyone is welcome to drop in to talk about any problems they’re having, blow off some steam or just scoff their faces with free treats. Please email, message, call or stop us around college at any time – we’d love to hear from you!

We run a Welfare Network Facebook group, which is an inclusive space for sharing and discussing all aspects of student welfare within college and the wider university community. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join! 

Finally, we head up the welfare subcommittee, which is comprised of all of the welfare-related roles on the JCR committee. They’re listed below. We’ve created a variety of pages covering all aspects of student welfare – please feel free to read these (they’re over on the right!).

The subcommittee works together to hold a variety of events in addition to weekly welfare tea. In the academic year 2015-16, we held events such as Mental Health Awareness Week and a Puppy & Cake Day (with the MCR). We’re looking forward to organising more events in the future!

Welfare Subcommittee

LBGT+ Officer: Laurie O'Connel (ef383)

I’m here, first and foremost, to give advice and support to those who identify as LGBT+ or have concerns relating to the LGBT+ community within college. I also represent and encourage LGBT+ culture in all areas by organising events and discussions. I update everyone with the latest information from CUSU LGBT+ and work with the welfare team to, basically, make sure everyone is happy!

If anyone (whatever you identify as) has anything they want to chat about, just get in touch and I’ll be more than happy to help. (email)

Black & Ethnic Minorities Officer: Ghazzal Maydanchi (gdm38)

My role is to voice the concerns of students from ethnic minorities. I keep up to date with CUSU’s BME campaign and work with Access to ensure that students from ethnic minorities are well informed about applying to Cambridge. Feel free to drop me an email any time if you want a chat!

Special Considerations Officer: Saskia Pain (sjkp2)

Hi! I’m Saskia and I’m the Special Considerations Officer.  I’m part of the Welfare team, so work with them to help make people happier, and specifically to help anyone who has a problem related to long-term or short-term disabilities or illnesses (emotional, mental and physical difficulties alike).  Whether you want to talk about a specific problem, or just want to talk to someone who understands a bit more about what you’re going through (I have special considerations too!), I’m here for you!

I also represent students with these difficulties to the rest of the JCR and CUSU, and liaise with the University’s Disability Resource Centre.  I’m keen to raise awareness of the many different difficulties that students can face, through awareness events and campaigns.  I think I’m a pretty approachable person, so if anyone (current and prospective students alike) has any concerns you think I can help you with, please email me!

Women’s Officer: Ciara Taylor (ct497)

Hello! I’m Ciara and, as Women’s Officer, I am here to help!

I am here to help to support the women of Trinity Hall, making sure that their voices are heard and their needs are met. I aim to be informed about gender-related issues and work with the rest of the JCR to tackle them.

I help to provide a link between Trinity Hall and the CUSU Women’s Campaign. I attend Women’s Forum with other college Women’s Officers to discuss ideas, share thoughts and bring resources back to Trinity Hall. The campaign has many services and puts on tons of exciting, empowering and interesting events that I publicise through listings.

I also help the welfare team to provide individual support for anyone with a personal issue that relates to gender, from discrimination to sexual health. So, if you have any problems or questions related to gender then come and have a chat: I will do my best to help! (email)

International Rep: Rose Ng (mtn26)

Hello! Salut! 你好! Habari! Привет! Kia ora! Hej! No matter how you say hello, I’m here to welcome you to the friendly, warm and culturally diverse Trinity Hall community. Besides organising socials like swaps with other colleges, I represent you and your views, concerns and suggestions for improvement in the way the JCR/college runs. I will also constantly keep you updated on the latest happenings with iCUSU and international societies.

Feel free to get in touch whenever you’d like to chat. Your welfare is my affair! (email)