Category Archives: Wellbeing

Exploring intersectionality with females who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean

Being at University may have provided opportunities for you to notice things about yourself that you might want to explore and talk about. This therapeutic support group taking place over 6 sessions can provide a safe space to explore themes with others who you may have things in common who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean. Commitment to all 6 sessions is required.

Group work can be powerful and offers you the opportunity to hear things you may be experiencing spoken out loud by others and perhaps yourself. Groups can provide a very supportive environment and equally can be very challenging. What have your previous experiences in groups like family, housemates, friends, work been like? There will be a maximum of 8, in the group to help facilitate a safe environment.

The group came about as a response to the feedback from students in the context of Black Lives Matter and the current pandemic. The group will be experiential, you are expected to bring yourself and be willing to share your thoughts with others and to be able to listen to others. We will decide together in week one which themes we would like to explore each week. We will use some mindfulness techniques to support us in being present.  Suggested themes include; Who am I? – What does it mean to be me?   – Friendships – Friend or enemy? – Being a friend to myself – self-love – Mental health – Self-care. These themes are not exclusive or exhaustive, you may have other themes that you want to suggest.

Please note that you need to commit to attending all 6 sessions which take place on Mondays from 2pm-3pm on the following dates:

15th February
22nd February
1st March
8th March
15th March
22nd March

If you are available for all 6 dates and would like to participate, please email wellbeingevents@kent.ac.uk to book your place, you will then be contacted for a brief 1:1 online meeting with the group facilitator at a mutually convenient time before the course begins.

Please think about why you would like to join the group and what you would like to get out of it.  This group cannot be a substitute for the safety and the environment that one to one therapy can offer. However, it could be a chance to reflect on your experiences and to experience your impact on others and their impact on you with an experienced female facilitator who identifies as Black.

If you have any queries, please email wellbeingevents@kent.ac.uk

Careers Advice during the Corona Virus Outbreak

Throughout the ongoing Corona virus outbreak we can support you in a variety of different ways.

Please email me at aspirations@kent.ac.uk for careers advice, guidance, CV, application and interview assistance via email; or to arrange an appointment via telephone or online (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp etc).

The Careers and Employability Service are also here to provide support to all students. You can find detailed information on how they can do this on their website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/advice.html

You can also find frequently asked questions on COVID-19 and employability here:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/what_do_we_offer.html

Wellbeing Festival 2018

Student Support and Wellbeing encourage you to enrich your life and try something new for free!

We have a huge variety of inspiration for all students and staff at the #WellbeingFestival2018. It will be very interactive and a chance to relax and connect positively with your own mind and body, and with each other. Follow @unikentssw on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as we publish details of the events as they are confirmed over the next few weeks.

For the full programme please visit our web page.

Come along to Eliot Dining Hall on 23 March between 12pm and 3pm for an exciting line up of over 25 internal and external organisations coming to take part in the day, such as Espression Arts café, Canine therapy (the now famous cuddly George!), bush craft, live music, free healthy food and nutrition information, mindful colouring, various mental health and charity stands, representatives from the LGBT network, the Chaplaincy, the Sports Centre and Kent Union. In addition there will be some free workshops so watch this space for details and come and try something new: yoga, Tai Chi, mindfulness, raga singing, writing for wellbeing, HeartMath: stress management & herbal medicine.