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.
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.