Why vote for me?
Hey, my name’s Dave and I’d love to be your next VP Welfare.
University is different to any other time in your life, with different opportunities and challenges. I want SUSU to be there for students by putting emphasis on an approachable union and long-term ambitions.
SUSU is led by students and I want to reinforce that through empowering Student Leaders and societies. There’s so much to gain by collaborating across zones, from supporting Year Abroad/Year in Industry students to promoting equality in our Athletic Union.
I’m proud to have been SUSU’s Community & Volunteering Officer and held Vice-President roles at SUSUtv and Sexual Consent Awareness. By working across three zones and two departments, I’ve gained a close understanding of how SUSU operates and how to effectively co-ordinate campaigns.
I believe what sets me apart is my dedication to helping others. In short, I really care.
Welfare is integral to and affected by everything we do. I want long-term stability within SUSU, with every society having at least one welfare-trained committee member. Having someone to turn to can make the world of difference.
I have loads of ideas but the most prominent include:
• Running an event every week that different societies organise - from speakers to sports tasters to training courses
• Promoting the mental benefits of co-curricular activities and healthy eating all year
• Creating an online booking system for Advice Centre appointments with gender and specialism filters
• Run campaigns on invisible illnesses and healthy relationships with family and friends as well as partners
• Make SUSU a referral centre for external organisations when it isn’t feasible to intervene ourselves, such as with food bank service City Mission
• Making sure Personal Academic Tutors are proficient in issues students face, as first point of contact
• Work with the University to jointly-fund bus passes for students who spend most of their contact hours at the NOC and nurses on placement
• Push for wider advertisement of the Safety Bus by creating a permanent 'Safety Bus stop’
• Host a zone induction day where societies get to know each other and SUSU provide relevant training
• Set up a more formal housemate-finding system and push for more Winchester properties on Lettings and SASSH.
Sustainability is another long-term goal that can be helped with short-run changes. I want to work with societies to commit SUSU to a environmentally-responsible strategy.
I would also like to:
• Create a £750 prize for sustainable projects within the University’s SEED Fund Competition, and offer support to the winner
• Replace bins on campuses with those with the option of recycling, such as on Boldrewood campus and outside Hartley Library
• Make society funding conditional to having considered environmental impact
• Stock reusable SUSU cups in The Shop
• Use bioerodible tumblers in The Stag’s
• Make sure green thinking is an integral factor when considering the reallocation and redevelopment of Buildings 42 and 57.
Thank you for reading! You can see more of what I’d like to do for you on Twitter, @DWWelfare.