Last year Student Union’s James Bramley and Sarah Pickup launched Welfare in Sport at The University of Nottingham. The overall aim of the project is to: help raise awareness of mental health issues within members of sports clubs, remove barriers for students participating in sport, and to provide a platform for sports clubs at UoN to improve welfare support for all their members.
Every individual, whether they are involved in sport or not, has mental health. And as Mike Daiper, Sport England’s Director of Community Sport, correctly points out “there is compelling evidence that participation in sport and physical activity has a positive influence on mental wellbeing and mental illness”.
Thirty-nine per cent of students at UoN experience emotional difficulty during their time at University and many of them are involved in sports clubs. With numbers so high, it’s imperative we improve the welfare offer for students involved in sport.
As a result, we have decided to introduce a Peer Mentor Scheme.
A Peer Mentor knows what it’s really like to be a student at Nottingham University and will help make your transition to university life as easy and enjoyable as possible. As an experienced fellow student, your mentor will be able to answer your questions and queries to help you settle in more quickly. A Peer Mentor can also carry on supporting you during your first year, sharing their knowledge and experience with you to help you deal with matters such as:
• Finding services on campus
• Making friends and getting involved within the Squash Club and other societies
• Coping with a new environment
• Finding out about transport and getting about
• Finding things to do and places of interest in Nottingham
• Achieving a good life/study balance
• Module choices or exams and exams tips
More information can be found on this website: http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/2015/09/21/introducing-welfare-in-sport/
To get a Peer Mentor, please email your full name, date of birth and course to Tom.