Many of you may know me as your current Union President, but before that I was your VP Wellbeing - you may have seen me pre-covid wandering around in my bright orange trousers!
The Wellbeing role encompasess everything to do with health and wellbeing, equality and diversity, as well as student support services and much more! The role is important to ensuring every student is supported.
I ran for VP Wellbeing because I often found myself coming up with ideas, improvements and suggestions which I was burning to see happen - so what better way to give it a shot than run for the election! I also have a passion for people and enjoy helping others. This is something I knew I could bring to the table and help me in my role as the Wellbeing Officer.
The role is most likely something like you have never done before and there is a huge opportunity to learn and engage with many things. There is a lot of work to be done (but don't let that put you off), you will get a huge amount of support and training to help ensure you can be a successful Officer. You will meet lots of people and have lots of conversations (I love having a chat so this was one of my favourite things to do!) and often be that friendly, approachable face on campus.
One of the things that I will always remember about my time in the role was organising the first ever BU Well-Fair as part of World Mental Health Day, which included a number of local mental health charities and organisations, workshops and even the Pets as Therapy dogs joined us (its was pretty cool also to have a feature on the BBC South News!).
Free emergency sanitary provision, improved lighting on campus, free self-defence sessions, Report and Support, wellbeing training and officers in sports and societies, and working on improving the University Wellbeing service are just some of the things I and other past Wellbeing Officers were involved with and worked on.
This is just a really small snippet of some of the things Officers have done in the past, you will do lots - many of them campaign style and event led. However, many important things are a bit more behind the scenes such as working on the University mental health strategy, supporting students with accommodation issues and helping students to find the best support.
If you are thinking of running to be the next VP Wellbeing… I would say go for it! Be yourself and be authentic, no matter the election outcome you will learn a lot during the process, and who knows you just might end up the next VP Wellbeing!