Welfare

Your physical, intellectual, and emotional/spiritual wellbeing is a priority for us at Darwin. The Darwin welfare team is here to support, advise and point you towards helpful resources. The Welfare officers are student contacts if you are in need of help or advice. You can also contact LGBTQ+, Women’s officer, International officer, and Families officer for help.

The welfare committee is a student group helping improve student wellbeing and organise welfare events at Darwin. If you would like to get involved or if you have an idea of how to improve welfare at Darwin email dcsa_welfare @ darwin.cam.ac.uk or talk to us. Welfare events can be found on the DCSA calendar.

Key contacts

Emergency contacts

Numbers beginning with 0800 & 0808 are free to call. Numbers beginning with 0845(7) are charged at national rates. Most phone lines are not open 24 hours.

Sexual health

Free sexual health services are available in Cambridge. Information on STIs, contraception, safety and sexual misconduct are provided below. You can find more services here.

Safe sex and contraception:

All forms of contraception are available for free in the UK. Help on choosing contraception can be found on the NHS and FPA websites or you can speak with a doctor at your GP practice or local sexual health clinic.

Free condoms can be found in the main college toilets. They are stocked by the welfare officer. If they are running low let us know [dcsa_welfare AT darwin.cam.ac.uk]. CUSU also provide condoms, including latex-free, female condoms and dental dams.

Free pregnancy test from DCSA Welfare officers or CUSU can also be requested to your pigeonhole in an unmarked envelope. If you find that you are pregnant, there are several options – find more information here. Remember that, whether you choose to continue or terminate your pregnancy, there is support for you should you need it. You can contact the DCSA Welfare Officers, the Dean (Look under ‘The Deanery: student support’), your tutor (Look under ‘Welfare & Support’) , or CUSU. The University can grant you an intermission in your coursework for maternity leave or medical reasons if you need it to complete your degree.

The NHS help page and/or iCASH have details and contacts for free emergency contraceptive pill or fitting the emergency intrauterine device (IAD). You can also contact the Lime Tree Clinic, your GP and some Cambridge Pharmacies if you are registered with a Cambridge GP.

Sexual health checks

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) can happen to anyone who has had sex. Regular sexual health check-ups are important even if you are not experiencing symptoms. The local sexual health clinic, providing confidential support, advice and treatment is the Lime Tree Clinic. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, through unprotected penetrative or oral sex, it is possible to receive a drug treatment that will reduce your chances to develop the disease. Contact the Lime Tree Clinic for advice. Welfare officers and CUSU also organise sexual health screenings. Details will be advertised on the DCSA calendar and WhatsUp mailing list.

Safety and sexual assault

It is very important that the College is safe for all members. Darwin college and Cambridge University have a zero tolerance policy on sexual misconduct. Darwin college’s procedures for handling cases of harassment and sexual misconduct are outlined here (Look under ‘Racial and Sexual Harassment Policy’).

Misconduct and harassment

If you experience or become aware of Harassing, threatening or abusive behaviours on College grounds or by any College members, you can contact the Deanery and the Welfare officers, Student complaints Office (OSCCA) and CUSU (who can provide a personal attack alarm).

Sexual assault

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, call 999. There are specially trained police officers who can assist you and support you in reporting a sexual offence, collecting the necessary evidence and arrange for medical help if required.

Safe spaces

If you feel you would benefit from going to a safe place where you can receive support, the Oasis Centre in Peterborough is the sexual assault referral centre for Cambridgeshire. You will find advisors who can give advice and further referral if required. If you can’t or don’t want to go to Peterborough, you can still call their helpline on 0845 089 6262 which is active 24/7 and ask for further advice. You can also contact the local charity, the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, which takes phone calls on 01223 245888 every Wednesday from 7.30-9.30pm.