I hope you’re all enjoying your Summer Holiday period and are looking forwards to coming back to university in around a month’s time, or looking forwards to starting if you’re a fresher! Just to introduce myself, I’m Andy, and I am the LGBTQ* Welfare Officer here at Lancaster. I thought now would be the best time to let you all know who I am and what I do.
Firstly, what I feel is o…ne of my most important commitments, is my drop-in hour each week during term time. This is an hour where you can come and talk to me about anything that may be troubling you, or even if you would just like a friendly chat, in a completely confidential and judgement-free environment. In addition, I bring along advice leaflets, condoms and lube to these sessions so feel free to just drop by if need some of these. Look out for my future posts on Facebook and our website each week during term detailing where and when these will be taking place.
Another important commitment of my role is a termly Coming Out Safe Space session which I run alongside the CCO:LGBTQ*, Anna Lee. This is a safe space where you can listen to, and if you would like to, share your coming out stories. Again this is a judgement-free session. Please note, that no advice is given during these sessions; it is simply a discussion for those who want to join in or just listen
I am always contactable via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and will try to reply to all emails within 48 hours (when possible). This includes the holiday period, so if you have any issues, questions or would like any more information just drop me an email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I look forwards to meeting you in the new year, or seeing you again if you’re a returning student!
Lancaster University LGBTQ* Welfare Officer