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Welfare

Hey everyone, my name is Ruth O’Leary and I am very pleased to say that I am your Vice-President Welfare for the coming year. I want to extend a huge welcome to you and also congratulate you on surviving the Leaving Cert, returning to education or continuing on your degree.

I have just completed my first year in the position of VP Welfare and I look forward to bringing my experience from this year forward and to make it an even better year. I studied in CIT myself for 5 years so I know exactly how you feel coming into CIT. I know just how intimidating and scary coming to college for the first time can be. Don’t worry though because I and the other officers in the Students’ Union are here to help you along the way. 

We at the Students’ Union are your friends! We work for you the students and our aim is to help students have the best possible CIT experience. I urge you to use the services we each provide as a problem shared is a problem halved. My office is located on the first floor of the Student
Centre.

As VP Welfare, I am here to help you with issues including:

  • Sexual Health,
  • Financial Concerns, 
  • Mental Health,
  • Accommodation,
  • Coming out,
  •  Addictions,
  •  Unplanned pregnancies/pregnancy scares,
  • Your personal and general safety,
  • Bullying

I am also hear to help you with any other issues which may arise throughout your first year here. I have loads of information on the above topics and more in my office and also contact details for support services across the county and more.

 I want you to feel free to call up to the SU if you ever need to talk. No problem is ever too big or too small. I will always try my best to help you in whatever way I can. It is important for me to mention that I am not a counsellor. I will be able to listen to you and offer the best advice I can, and also I will refer you when extra assistance is needed. Also in my office I have a supply of condoms. It is so important to use condoms to prevent against unplanned pregnancies and STI’s. I want you to feel safe so don’t be embarrassed to call up for some. Throughout the year I will run a series of Welfare Campaigns such as Mental health Awareness, S.H.A.G (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) , Safety and Equality, to name but a few. I would also encourage you to get involved in the welfare campaigns throughout the year. I always remember being told by one of my secondary school teachers in 6th year that college days will be the best days of my life and he was certainly right about that! College is about so much more than just getting a degree (but that is the main focus). CIT has so much to offer to all its students. You should make the most of it. Join some of our sports clubs or our endless list of societies. You could also gain experience of being a class representative for your class.    

If I could give you one piece of advice it is to get involved in college. I regret not getting involved until my second last year of college and I now realise how much I missed out on. You only have 3 or 4 years of college before you are out into the ‘real world’ and those years will fly... believe me! So make the most of it.

My aim for the year is to ensure you are provided with the skills and know how to make sure that your time here in CIT is a happy, healthy and safe experience.

Lastly, I just want to wish you the very best for the coming year and I look forward to meeting you all. Remember, if you have any problems, need advice or just need a friend to talk too, my door is always open and I am here to help you. Don’t be shy, call up anytime. You can also make an appointment to see me at our main desk in the Students’ Union Offices.

 

‘’Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain’’

 

Best wishes,

Ruth O’Leary

T: 086 384 2977

E: suwelfare@cit.ie

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