Candidate for the position of Wellbeing Officer

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Jess Parker

Don't Settle For Less, Vote Jess #1

 

About Me
Hiya! I’m Jess, a 3rd year Zoology student with a love for inspiring and helping others. My time at Leeds has been unmatched, stemming from gaining experience in supporting my peers. I’ve become a trained facilitator of sex and relationships education, found a passion for challenging societal norms, and been on committee for Leeds Uni Boob Team for 2 years (Currently Team Leader). I joined the society in 1st year desperate to make a change, after having family members experience breast cancer. Working directly with breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! has inspired me to never stop improving the health and wellbeing of young people. More about CoppaFeel!

I’ve worked in LUU’s retail outlets, and throughout my role loved familiarising myself with the work the union does to support students. I also enjoyed getting to know my ins and outs of the place!

I want to be your Wellbeing Officer because I adore talking to students and ensuring their needs are met. I want to smash sexual health taboos and keep students happy. I devote so much time to my extra-curricular work in the charity sector and it has inspired me to make it my full-time career, starting with looking after you all!

 

What will I make happen?

1. Improve sexual health and wellbeing of students:

  • Free contraception and STI testing kits on demand in LUU. No more ringing up the Leeds Sexual Health clinic at ridiculous hours, let’s provide test kits on demand!

  • I will campaign for free emergency contraception (morning-after pill) to be made available at pharmacies in student postcodes.

  • I will bring the services to YOU. Most of us are unaware of what sexual health services are available to us! This is not acceptable.

  • I will improve signposting to sexual health services available across campus, as this is vital.

 

2. Mandatory extensive mental health training for all Personal Tutors.

  • As a fresher, the only person I was aware of for support was my Personal Tutor.

  • When I was diagnosed with anxiety, I was frustrated I had to reach out myself.

  • Personal Tutors will regularly check in with you and be trained in noticing when your wellbeing is suffering.

  • No more forwarded links to random, impersonal support.

  • You will be able to easily access the help and support you deserve for your personal wellbeing and academic life.

 

3. Create a weekly accessible safe space in LUU to socialise and access professional wellbeing support!

  • Provide a drop-in chill out zone in Common Ground for students to gather, with free hot/cold drinks and snacks every week. This year’s freshers have had it hard enough, they deserve to meet new people!

  • Themed sessions: pet therapy, board game week etc!

  • Professional support staff on hand to answer all wellbeing worries and/or concerns.

 

As your elected Wellbeing Officer, I’ll ensure you’re all kept happy and healthy in the new academic year!

Let’s get back to tinnies in Hyde Park! Don’t settle for less, vote Jess!

Check out my socials: @jess4wellbeingluu on Instagram. Jess for LUU Wellbeing Officer on Facebook!