Bounce bounce bounce.
It's the special stripped-down day-before-bouncy-castle edition. Billy Bulletin: Easter Term Week 6.
Bounce bounce bounce.
Hope everyone is holding up under exam stresses, if not - or you see someone who isn't - why not order them a cookie ? Or grab some bubble wrap from the welfare pidge? (or come have a chat, or email college counsellor or talk to your dos if a cookie won't solve the issue)
If that's not enough - next Saturday there will be a bouncy castle on the grove.
Also, the yoga instructor person has left me in the lurch a bit - so if anyone feels like offering themselves to do a welfare yoga sesh please get in touch ??
Oh and if you signed up for a massage slot next Friday then you should have an email (aptly named 'massages') - and if you want a slot, I can probably slot some more people in, so email me.
GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING - IT WILL ALL BE OVER SOON
We've got a special minimalist version of the Billy Bulletin as exam season gets into full swing. Goat luck to everyone doing exams!
The fourth Billy Bulletin of term is up on the website. It's short enough this week to provide a break without eating too much into revision time. Enjoy!
PS: There is sadly no JCR meeting this week, but the minutes from last week's JCR meeting are online should you wish to keep up with our work.
This message comes all the way from the MCR:
Books are great and many of us just love something in our hands to read and unwind. Let's face it though, even secondhand books can be a bit pricey, and Ebooks don't always give you that relaxed feeling (Angry Birds or Youtube usually takes over anyways). So instead of leaving your old books by the wayside, save them from the landfills or unappreciative eyes and bring them to the JCR (Walter Grave room) for others to enjoy.
And guess what ... you get a new book in return!
The MCR has salvaged an old and disused Fitz Bookshelf, and with the gracious help of maintenance, a varnished and glorious bookshelf is ready to be filled for your enjoyment! Yet another item saved from the dumps. Have a book(s) you are willing to donate to the exchange program? Perfect. You can just leave it on the bookshelf or reply here to organize drop-off/collection. We are one of the few Colleges that partake in this venture, so we hope you enjoy this addition to the Walter Grave room! MCR, JCR, SCR, Staff? ... who cares, the books are for all to enjoy!
Thank you to those who have made catering suggestions. You can find the catering team's responses to suggestions up to May 11th here (beneath the suggestions box).
Some of you may already have noticed the display of leaflets and posters during the day in the JCR this week, or the wall of 'pledges' on the noticeboard. This is all in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week.
The theme of this year's Awareness Week is Mindfulness, which is most certainly something that is not just for those experiencing mental health problems, so feel free to ask for more information about opportunities to get involved with this around the university.
Many people don't realise how much of a problem the stigma of mental health is, so the aim here is to help those who may not be personally affected by mental health issues understand how (and how frequently) discrimination occurs (in the workplace, in society, in education...).
This is where the pledges come in. Pledges are simple promises that people are making to help get to the end off this stigma. Things like "I will check up on a friend or loved one" or "I will stand up to discrimination against mental health if I see it". To make the effort of coming all the way to the JCR worth your while, everyone who makes a pledge will be entered into a raffle to win the most sought after prize: a guaranteed FREE FITZMAS ticket!! Nicky Padfield herself is gunning for this prize with her pledge made earlier today...
If any of you have any questions, want to find out about anything mental health related (e.g. about resources in Fitz/Cambridge), or just to have a chat with me, come in to the JCR this week (I won't be there ALL the time, but I will be there for most of it). I will have hot chocolate, biscuits, and bubble wrap - the perfect revision break!
Stay healthy this exam term,
Jess (Disabilities Officer)
A full committee meeting is being held tomorrow evening at 7pm in the JCR - all welcome. Do check out the agenda here.
Just to remind you that the welfare knitting session - kindly being run by the Society of Cambridge Knitters - is coming up tomorrow at 1.45pm in the JCR. You can just turn up on the day and they'll almost certainly be able to accommodate you, but it'd still be *really helpful* if you could email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can get an idea of numbers! The session should be suitable for all levels of skill/experience, so do come along and give it a go, even just for a little while.
Also, a quick recap of other upcoming welfare events:
That's all for now. Hope to see you at a welfare event soon!