Training to be a Peer Supporter

Peer support is a crucial part of welfare, both in the College and at the University. All of college's Peer Supporters undergo 30 hours of training spread over one term with the Oxford University Counselling Service before taking up their post as active Peer Supporters in the college community. 

What's Peer Support?

As the name suggests, Peer Supporters provide support within the college - if a member of college has doubts or concerns to work through, or just needs an impartial, completely confidential ear to listen, we're here to help you out, providing an informal and friendly service. Sometimes, people email requesting appointments; other times, people get in touch on behalf of friends that they're worried about. Often times, it's even more informal than that, as peer supporters use their skills to help their friends and coursemates manage the small daily niggles that come with Oxford life. 

What does this involve at Wolfson?

Within the college, Peer Supporters work with the Welfare Officers to run schemes like the Cookie Fairy during exam term, and host various college-funded events, aimed at getting the Wolfsonian community to relax and unwind; events such as Coffee and Cake every Friday. It also means being available to your peers, whether they're old friends or complete strangers, when they come to you with concerns or worries. 

Why train?

Training as a Peer Supporter involves three-hour sessions with the University's Counselling Service spread over Trinity term. The training focuses on skills such as listening, helping others become more comfortable with social, academic and personal relationships, and learning how to manage and communicate about sensitive issues with others. Aside from the service to the community, undergoing the training can also be beneficial to your own relationships, teaching many skills that transfer well to the workplace; it's also very useful for anyone considering Junior Deanships or similar positions. 

If you have any questions about joining the Peer Support Team, training or playing a greater role in the College, then please contact any one of the Peer Supporters.

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Aamer Sarfraz portrait photo
7 August 2020
Aamer Sarfraz appointed to the House of Lords

Wolfson congratulates Aamer Sarfraz on his appointment by The Queen as a member of the House of Lords.

George Smith portrait photo
5 August 2020
Professor George Smith Honoured by Royal Society

Congratulations to Professor George Smith, FRS, who has been awarded the Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize 2020

Balcony view from the Harbour lawn
8 July 2020
Refurbishment of the balcony

This project has been given the go-ahead as part of the Estates Strategy to improve our College buildings and environment.

Our upcoming events

Parties and Dinners
12 - 12
Sep Sep
Degree Day
Saturday 12 September - 11:00am to 3:30pm

Preceding the degree ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre at 14:30, the College hosts the Signing of the Graces and a celebratory reception for our graduands and their family and friends. This event is by invitation only; please see the degree days page on our website for further information. 

Lectures and Seminars
05 - 05
Nov Nov
Margaret Oliphant and Oxford
Thursday 5 November - 1:30pm

Merryn Williams is a poet and critic. Her latest works are The Fragile Bridge: New and Selected Poems (Shoestring Press) and Mansfield Park Revisited (Plas Gwyn Books). At present she is collecting poems about the pandemic and the lockdown. Merryn is a long-standing member of Wolfson's Common Room.