Student Services

Canterbury 2018


Come along to Eliot Dining Hall on 23 March between 12pm and 3pm for an exciting line up of internal and external organisations coming to take part in the day, such as Espression Arts café, yoga sessions, a bush craft workshop, poetry therapy, mindful colouring, various mental health and charity stands, representatives from the LGBT network, the Chaplaincy, the Sports Centre and Kent Union, refreshments and live music. It will be very interactive and a chance to relax and connect positively with your own mind and body, and with each other.


No need to book, check back for timings and then come along and join in!

12.15 - 12.45    Raga singing workshop    E. Taylor (Eliot)
13.00 - 13.30    Raga singing workshop    ​E. Taylor (Eliot)
13:00 - 13:45     Poetry - Writing for Wellbeing 1  E.Barlow (Eliot)
14:00 - 14:45     Poetry - Writing for Wellbeing 2  E.Barlow (Eliot)
12.15 - 13:00     HeartMath Stress Management   ES3 (Eliot)
13:15 - 14:00     HeartMath Herbal Medicine        ES3 (Eliot)
13:00 - 13:30     Yoga Taster 1   E. Holland (Eliot)
14:00 - 14:30     Yoga Taster 2   E. Holland (Eliot)
12:30 - 13:00    Tai Chi Taster E. Holland (Eliot)
12:30 - 13:00    Tai Chi Taster E. Holland (Eliot)
12:00 - 15:00     Mindfulness Chillout Zone (E. Pollard)

Directions can be found here:
or look for someone in a green t-shirt with 'love your mind, love your body' on the back to guide you to a workshop!

Workshop descriptions
Special guest Owen Okie presents a HeartMath workshop showing how biofeedback can be used for stress and anxiety management
A counsellor in Student Support and Wellbeing, leads a mindfulness workshop.
Special guest Isla Andrews, an experienced yoga teacher, leads a taster session in yoga – all abilities/ experience welcome.
Toby Burtt, an experienced Tai Chi teacher who also works for Student Support and Wellbeing, leads a Tai Chi workshop – all abilities/ experience welcome.
Special guest Francesca Baker leads a Writing for Wellbeing workshop -Therapeutic writing gives you a safe space to express yourself, develop self awareness, and increase your sense of wellbeing. No writing experience necessary.
Music Scholar Ramnath Bhagavath is going to give a short performance and workshop on a selection of different ragas and thalas in the Carnatic music tradition –
* directions to Eliot workshop rooms can be found here: [4]

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Espression Arts Café – pottery, painting, craft and coffee
Giant mindful colouring – take part in a community colouring project to create a giant mandala
Spinning Earth – a Kent based cottage industry producing Designer Clothing from natural fibres, and providing Training in the use of traditional spinning techniques.
Live music – from Kent societies and Music Society groups
Natural pathways – bush craft skills workshop taking place all day in Eliot quadrangle

University stands

Wellbeing Team – information on all the help and support available during your time at university
SLAS – Student Learning Advisory Service
Master's Office – advice on student committees, disciplinary/ accommodation issues, and College life
International Disability Team – information from our international students on their experience of wellbeing support
Community Liaison Officer – advice on resolving disputes and getting involved in life in the community
Student Union – information on Kent Union events and societies, how to get involved
Chaplaincy – a corner for reflection and information on faith activities at University
Sports Centre – information on using the campus sports facilities and how exercise can improve wellbeing
Nursing Services – information and advice from our on campus nursing team
LGBT network – information on events and activities run by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual network
Occupational Health - distinct branch of preventative health care, which specialises in the relationship between work and health. The team can help you with advice and information.
School of English - The School of English's Personal Academic Support System (PASS) gives students a range of individual support, provided by a dedicated team of staff
Graduate School - The Graduate School works in partnership with academic schools, faculties, central service departments and Kent Union to enhance the quality of the postgraduate student experience across all campuses.
Gardening and Foraging Society and Beetbox Food Cooperative (Community Action Group) - UKC's Gardening and Foraging Society is an open group of students and non-students who like getting outside; growing; collecting and eating food; drinking tea and helping the environment.

Mental health

Student Minds - Student Minds works with students, service users, professionals and academics to develop new and innovative ways to improve the mental health of students. 
The Samaritans – A UK charity offering support to people who are suicidal or despairing, and are on hand 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Think Action – Providing welcoming, effective services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people with mild to severe mental health difficulties across Kent
Psychological Therapies Team UMC – a free NHS talking therapies service offering support to people living in East Kent, accessible on campus
Insight Healthcare – Insight Healthcare is a not-for-profit organisation providing free NHS talking therapy services across the UK.
Take Off - Take Off provides ready-made social networks and also provide other peer support services as needed. When a need is identified, we will endeavour to design, develop and deliver a service to fill that void. We have a large group of sessional workers spread across East Kent.

External contributors/ charities

Umbrella Centre - The Canterbury Umbrella Centre is a charity Community Centre that is open to everybody, and particularly provides support to people with mental health problems.
Clinical nutrition and dietetics ­- We provide advice and support on a wide range of general and specialist nutritional areas for children and adults.
Canine Therapy – Canine-assisted therapy uses dogs to promote health and healing. Like other animals, dogs are accepting, comforting and non-judgmental, making them ideal therapy companions: come and meet one such companion! In Eliot quadrangle
East Kent Rape Line – Offer face to face counselling for survivors of rape or childhood sexual abuse. All their services are free and confidential.
Kent Police – information on issues such as crime, domestic abuse, lost property, and noise nuisance.



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