Welfare Advocacy

THE ASA ADVOCACY SERVICE REGARDS WELFARE ISSUES AS THOSE WHICH AFFECT THE WELLBEING OF A STUDENT (EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY, FINANCIALLY, MENTALLY ETC) OUTSIDE OF THE ACADEMIC REALM.

Welfare issues also often impact negatively on the academic performance of students.

Common welfare issues include:

  • Money – students being unable to afford food, water, transport, course materials etc
  • Harassment – from family, friends, peers or even university staff
  • Health issues - sickness, depression etc which have impacted academic performance
  • Tenancy – fixed-term agreements, flatmate problems, housing quality

Prevention is of course the best solution for these problems so act early! Take good care of yourself and come to us for budgeting/tenancy/policy advice before things get out of hand.  We can also refer you to organisations that specialize in dealing with specific welfare issues outside of the student arena. 

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So, you want to meet with Penny regarding a welfare issue? First...

  • Collate and be ready to provide any evidence you have relating to the issue (eg bills, email correspondence with companies or involved persons, quotes for repairs etc).
  • Request help below and contact us to book an appointment.

For certain extraordinary cases the ASA runs a Student Assistance Program (SAP) from which we can provide hardship grants for students whose financial position is:  

  • Unforeseen, and of a temporary nature;
  • Unusual or severe; and
  • Threatens your continued study at Massey University.

If you need financial assistance and believe you qualify for it, make sure you have 3 months of bank statements ready to present and request help below before contacting Penny.

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