Student Mentor Scheme (Guild of Students)

To provide advice & guidance to everyone living in University Accommodation! Due to Coid-19 the Student Mentors office is now closed till further notice.

We are still here to help and you can contact us from 4-8pm (MON-FRI) on the following:

[email protected]
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The Mentor Welfare Office, located in the Hub, on the Vale, is open every weekday during term time. Simply drop in with any issue you may have and a Student Mentor will help you to solve an

Operating as usual

Photos from Student Mentor Scheme (Guild of Students)'s post 17/06/2024

We ran our last Wellbeing Café last week; thank you to everyone who has attended our Wellbeing Cafes this year. I hope you all had a lovely time!

This Wellbeing Café was to Celebrate you! And all your achievements this year however big or small.
We had pic N mix
Bracelet making,
Make your own certificate and collect your award.
Plenty of refreshments ☕️🍪
Arts and crafts 🎨
Visits from x3 Pets and Therapy dogs, Cedric, Benji and Teddy🐶
Games with friends 🎲

We've had a lot of fun meeting and chatting with you at our events this year!

Here's to many more next term 😁

04/06/2024

☂️ Umbrella ☂️ will be at Pritchatts Park Reception from 4:30-7pm on Wednesday 5th June.
They will be providing free and confidential sexual health advice, information, contraception and self-testing kits 🧡

22/05/2024

Come and celebrate Pride month with us at the Wellbeing Cafe! Your Student Mentors are hosting a vibrant and inclusive event filled with fun and creativity. 🌈

With Pride month in June and many celebrations taking place, we want to provide you with materials you need to create your own colourful and expressive banners.

Umbrella Sexual Health will be joining us to provide valuable information and resources. Learn more about sexual health and wellness in a safe and supportive environment.

Channel your inner artist with our craft activities. You can make bracelets and other keepsakes.

We will also have the Pets as Therapy Dogs joining our event. These friendly pups are here to provide affection and support, adding a touch of warmth to your day.

Plus, why not help yourself to some free sweets, we will have a small Pick n Mix station set up.

Your Student Mentors will be on hand to offer a listening ear. This space is intended to offer you a safe environment to talk about your experiences. Maybe you want to explore the liberation groups on offer at the Guild. We will be able to answer questions and signpost you.

This event is FREE , please bring along your Student ID card to check in.

21/05/2024

🚨 Important Update 🚨

We’ve got some news about our event today. Unfortunately, we have to cancel it for now. 😔

BUT, don't worry! We’re not letting you miss out on the fun. We’re rescheduling the event for this Friday, [24th May]! Same time, same place! 🥳

We’re sorry for the change but we promise it’ll be worth the wait.

17/05/2024

We'll be visiting your halls, providing FREE ice-creams and moving out boxes.

To help you with the transition of life in halls of residence, to life in the private rented community your Student Mentors and Community Wardens will be on hand to share their experience and answer any questions you have.

Postgrads don't worry - there's another event nearer to your move out date!

Photos from Student Mentor Scheme (Guild of Students)'s post 17/05/2024

We're always happy to help! Here's one of our students sharing what he thinks of our support...

I came to Birmingham from Japan in September 2023. In the early days of my life here, especially from September to October, I felt so lonely because I am a PhD student, and I had no classes to take. I knew that people studying abroad would sometimes experience loneliness and I was thinking I could stand it. However, it was much more of a lonely time than I had expected. Also, I am sure that the beginning is important for making new friends, but most of the social events on campus had already finished when I realised it. Furthermore, most people in my accommodation were also first-year graduate students and it was difficult for us to get some “local” information at that time. One day, I saw a sticker of the Student Mentor Scheme on the fridge in my flat. I was surprised to know that the Student Mentors deal with a wide range of issues, and that encouraged me to contact the office by email to get more information about some events held on campus and about societies that I can join to meet more people. For non-native speakers of English like me, email might be the easiest way to communicate because we can take time to think about grammar and expressions to correctly convey our issues. That was the reason I started to contact the Student Mentor Office by email, and how I met Lucy. I received an email from her in October for the first time, which contained a lot of information about events which were going to take place on campus. Since then, she kindly sent me emails once or twice a month to let me know about the next events, and also to ask me whether I was doing fine or not. While I am doing my research, I do not have many chances to meet people on a daily basis except for my supervisor, because my research can be done only with my laptop and some documents. That’s why the continuous exchange of emails with Lucy helped me a lot to feel less lonely. Now I can say that I have been recovering from loneliness, and my sincere gratitude goes to Lucy, and to the roles of the Student Mentor Scheme!

14/05/2024

🌞 Rise and shine! 🌞

We've got something special brewing to kickstart your mornings this May! 🌼 Join us for our Breakfast & Mindfulness Mornings designed to fuel your body and nourish your mind during exam season.

🍳 Enjoy FREE breakfast items to fuel your brain for a productive day ahead.
📚 Find a cosy space to relax, study, and focus on those exams.
🎨 Unwind with mindfulness colouring activities to destress and boost creativity.
💆‍♀️ Learn essential breathing techniques from your fellow student mentors to stay calm during this busy period.

Mark your calendars and prioritize your wellbeing alongside your studies. Let's make May a month of productivity, positivity, and self-care! See you there! 🌟

08/05/2024

Looking to brighten someone's day during the intense exam season? 🌟

Know someone who's been a guiding light, a library buddy, or just an all-around incredible person during this stressful time? Let's celebrate them!

Nominate that special someone for a well-deserved academic gift to lift their spirits. 🎁 Simply fill out the form (https://www.guildofstudents.com/surveys/wbfairy/) by Wednesday 8th May @ 5:00pm

We'll discreetly deliver the gift to their flat along with a heartfelt note highlighting why they're appreciated. Your gesture will remain anonymous, unless you choose to include your name in the message.

Have any questions or need further assistance? 📨 Reach out to us at [email protected]. Let's spread some joy amidst the exam chaos!

Photos from Student Mentor Scheme (Guild of Students)'s post 07/05/2024

🎉 Celebrating Wellbeing Café Success! 🎉

Over the past two months, our Wellbeing Cafés have been a hub of creativity and relaxation, with over 250 students attending!

Here's a snapshot of some of the creative, fun, and productive activities that students have enjoyed during our wellbeing events!

🎨 Crafty Creations: From DIY Revision Blackboards to dream catchers, pom poms, and wind chimes, students have loved having the chance to unleash their creative side!

📜 Poetry Corner: Our Poetry Machine provided a wonderful outlet for students’ self-expression.

🎶 Sound Baths: Students were able to let the relaxation flow with our rejuvenating sound baths!

🐾 Furry Friends: We've had some adorable visits from therapy dogs like Bertie 🐶, Cedric 🐾, Benji 🐕, Dolly 🐩, Shep 🐕, and Django 🐾. Their wagging tails brought smiles to all!

💼 Special Guests: And finally a big thank you to Umbrella and Worklink for visiting our events and offering a wide range of advice and resources for sexual health and job-finding!

And if you’re looking forward to more, our next Wellbeing Café will be a pride-themed event at the Duck on Scholar in Shackleton on the 23rd May! We look forward to seeing you there! 😊

07/05/2024

☂️Umbrella☂️ will be at Shackleton Reception at the Vale until quarter to 7 tonight! Come along for free contraception, sexual health advice, and free STI test kits, get them before they're gone!

07/05/2024

‼️‼️‼️ Attention all students living in UoB and Partner Accomodation ‼️‼️ ‼️ Nominations for the wellbeing fairy are now OPEN and they close tomorrow (Wed 08/05) at 5pm! If you know someone who's been working hard this exam season, has been there for you, needs a pick-me-up, or has just been all-round great person, this is the perfect way to show your appreciation! A link to the form for nominations are on our story NOW :)

30/04/2024

Unsure who to live with next year?

Come and join us at our Housemate Finder event in Battery Park - a relaxed and friendly way to meet like-minded people, also looking to meet others to live with next academic year 🏠👥🫶

Where? Battery Park
When? Thursday 2nd May, 5pm - 7pm

The event will include games and activities to help you break the ice and get to know others. Whether you're attending to look for one extra person to complete an existing house, or as an individual to meet other individuals - all are welcome. 🩷🏠

26/04/2024

Feeling the academic pressure creeping in? We've got just the thing to help you unwind and recharge! Join us at the Wellbeing Café on April 30th, from 4pm to 7pm at Pritchatts Park, social hub.

✨ Take a breather and indulge in FREE refreshments to refuel your energy.
🎨 Get creative with arts and crafts to let your imagination soar.
🎲 Dive into some friendly competition with board games to shake off the stress.
🐾 Experience the therapeutic magic of Pets as Therapy to soothe your soul.
🧘‍♀️ Explore mindfulness activities led by our mentors to centre your mind and ease academic pressures.

Remember, you're not alone in this journey. Our dedicated student mentors will be there to lend a listening ear and offer support whenever you need it.

See you at the Wellbeing Cafe! 💖

25/04/2024

📚 Attention students! 📚

As we gear up for exam season, it's crucial to remember that support is just a step away! Our incredible Student Mentors are here to lend a helping hand and spread some study motivation. Look out for them today as they'll be giving out study packs designed to boost your study game! 🎉

Remember, your mentors are not just here to guide you academically but also to support your overall wellbeing. 🌟 Don't hesitate to reach out if you need someone to talk to or simply a friendly face during this challenging time.

🗓️ Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 4-8pm

Photos from Student Mentor Scheme (Guild of Students)'s post 23/04/2024

Come and get your Student Mentor Study Packs from Metalworks today from 2pm-5pm. They're going fast, so get them before they're gone!

23/04/2024

📚 Attention students! 📚

As we gear up for exam season, it's crucial to remember that support is just a step away! Our incredible Student Mentors are here to lend a helping hand and spread some study motivation. Look out for them over the next few days as they'll be giving out study packs designed to boost your study game! 🎉

Remember, your mentors are not just here to guide you academically but also to support your overall wellbeing. 🌟 Don't hesitate to reach out if you need someone to talk to or simply a friendly face during this challenging time.

🗓️ Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 4-8pm

Photos from Student Mentor Scheme (Guild of Students)'s post 17/04/2024

🌟 April is Stress Awareness Month! 🌟

Feeling overwhelmed by upcoming exams? Remember, you're not alone. Seek support from your student mentors—they've been there too!

Here are some top tips for managing stress during this busy time:
1️⃣ Recognise your signs of stress so you can learn ways to unwind and relax
2️⃣ Take time for yourself. Find your balance to help stay motivated
3️⃣ Stay connected with friends and family
4️⃣ Maintain boundaries. Be honest about your workload and how much you can manage
5️⃣ Ask for help. Speak with a student mentor to find ways to manage your revision, exam stress and to talk through any worries you might have

You've got this! 💪

14/04/2024

☂️ Umbrella ☂️ will be at Oakbrook Park Social Space from 4:30-7pm on Monday 15th April.

They will be providing free and confidential sexual health advice, information, contraception and self-testing kits. 🧡

13/04/2024

The Student Mentor Scheme are hosting a Wellbeing Cafe on:
Date: Monday 15th April
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Oakbrook Park, Social space.
What's on?
• Therapy Dog visit
• Wellbeing crafting activities
• Board games/interactive games.
• Tea, Coffee & Biscuits
• Chat with your Mentors
• Umbrella (free Sexual health advice, free condoms & STI testing kits.)

The event is free, fun and not to be missed!
What's better than a cuddle with a furry friend?
Please remember to bring along your student ID.

This event is available to any student living in UOB accommodation or partner sites.
hope to see you there!

28/03/2024

That's a wrap!

Thanks to everyone who has used our service this term. We hope you have a fantastic Easter break. 🐰

The Student Mentor Scheme will be closed from 4pm today - 10am on Thursday 4th April. Following this, emails, social media & phone lines will be monitored by Coordinators of the service from 10am – 4pm weekdays until 22nd April.

From 22nd April our peer-to-peer support service resumes as normal.

We'll see you next week, after the clocks have moved forward and we get 1 EXTRA HOUR of daylight in the evenings. Don't know about you but we're so ready for it! ☀️☀️☀️

13/03/2024

🕓TOMORROW❗️

Join us for an evening of relaxation, creativity, and self-care as we celebrate University Mental Health Day! Take a break from your studies and immerse yourself in our activities.

Activities Include:

🐾Pets as Therapy: Unwind with furry friends as our therapy pets provide comfort and companionship.

🎨Arts and Crafts: Tap into your creativity with our arts and crafts station. Let your imagination soar!

🍏Help Yourself Fruit Stall: Nourish your body and mind with fresh, delicious fruits. Help yourself to a variety of nutritious snacks

🧘🏽‍♀️Sound Bath Workshop: Immerse yourself in a tranquil sound bath experience.

📝Poetry Machine: Step up to our poetry machine and receive a personalised poem written just for you!

Whether you’re looking to de-stress, connect with others, or simply enjoy some downtime, we invite you to join us and prioritise your mental health.

We look forward to seeing you there!

12/03/2024

A reminder about our upcoming Housemate Finder event! Unsure who to live with next year?

Come and join us at our Housemate Finder event in Pritchatt's Park - a relaxed and friendly way to meet like-minded people, also looking to meet others to live with next academic year 🏠👥🫶

Where? Pritchatt's Park 'The Hub'
When? Wednesday 13th March, 5pm - 7pm

The event will include games and activities to help you break the ice and get to know others. Whether you're attending to look for one extra person to complete an existing house, or as an individual to meet other individuals - all are welcome. 🩷🏠

06/03/2024

❗️ WELLBEING FAIRY NOMINATIONS CLOSED ❗️

🎉 Wow! We're absolutely blown away by the incredible response to our wellbeing fairy survey! 🙌 Thank you to every one of you that has nominated someone to receive a gift 🌟 We've reached our capacity in record time, thanks to your overwhelming participation!

Due to the unprecedented turnout, we've hit our limit for this round of surveys. But fret not! 🤗 We're thrilled to announce that we'll be running another wellbeing fairy in Term 3 to accommodate all of you amazing folks who missed out this time around. 💫 So keep your eyes peeled and get ready to nominate a friend 🥰

04/03/2024

Is there someone in your life that you think deserves a little gift? 🎁

Maybe they've helped you get to the library, need a pick me up or are just an all-round great person! We're here to help you show your appreciation with a free wellbeing gift. 🌟

Complete the form (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HVJSTB8) and let us know who you think needs some appreciation! Please note this form will close on Friday 8th March at 3pm.

The gifts will be delivered to their flat with a special note telling them why you think they're great! The gifts will be anonymous (unless you include your name in the message) but will include the reason for the gift.

Any questions? 📨[email protected]

03/03/2024

☂️ Umbrella ☂️ will be at Oakbrook Park Social Space from 4:30-7pm on Monday 4th March.

They will be providing free and confidential sexual health advice, information, contraception and self-testing kits. 🧡

02/03/2024

The Student Mentor Scheme are hosting a Wellbeing Cafe on:

Date: Monday 4th March
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Oakbrook Park, Social space.

What's on?
• Therapy Dogs
• Wellbeing crafting activities
• Board games/interactive games.
• Tea, Coffee & Biscuits
• Chat with your Mentors
• Worklink (casual work support)
• Umbrella (free Sexual health advice, free condoms & STI testing kits.)

The event is free, fun and not to be missed!
What's better than a cuddle with a furry friend?

Please remember to bring along your student ID.

This event is available to any student living in UOB accommodation or partner sites.

hope to see you there!

26/02/2024

Unsure who to live with next year?

Come and join us at our Housemate Finder event in Pritchatt's Park - a relaxed and friendly way to meet like-minded people, also looking to meet others to live with next academic year 🏠👥🫶

Where? Pritchatt's Park 'The Hub'
When? Thursday 29 February 2024, 5pm - 7pm

The event will include games and activities to help you break the ice and get to know others. Whether you're attending to look for one extra person to complete an existing house, or as an individual to meet other individuals - all are welcome. 🩷🏠
https://www.guildofstudents.com/ents/event/8768/

23/02/2024

HOUSEMATE FINDER EVENT
Thursday 29 February 2024
5pm - 7pm, Pritchatts Park, The Hub

Unsure who to live with next year?

We're hosting our next Housemate Finder event - a relaxed and friendly way to meet like-minded people, also looking to meet others to live with next academic year. Whether you're attending to look for one extra person to complete an existing house, or as an individual to meet other individuals - all are welcome.

The event will include games and activities to help you break the ice and get to know others.

21/02/2024

☂️ Umbrella ☂️ will be at Jarratt Hall, Social Space from 4:30-7pm on Thursday 22nd February.

They will be providing free and confidential sexual health advice, information, contraception and self-testing kits. 🧡

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