Sports & Health Officer: Marion Grasham.
My name is Marion and I have been a student of Health and Social Care at Newman Uni since September 2018. I started my working life in agriculture and then qualified as a Veterinary nurse, working in various practices in the UK. Having met my husband, we went to work overseas spending time in Asia and West Africa where we lived alongside a nomadic people group. On returning to the UK, I have worked with various churches leading children's activities, being a fairtrade advocate and assisting with a community cafe. I enjoy cooking with fresh, local ingredients and have run a small project growing and cooking produce with a local children's group. For the last few years I have been volunteering for a charity called Acacia Family Support who offer trained listening to families affected by perinatal depression and anxiety.
I look forward to my role as the SU officer for sport and health and to encouraging the University in it's health and well-being.
Fun Fact: I have a certificate in sheep shearing.
Job Description (summary)
All Officers are responsible for the day to day running and management of the Union as an organisation, including but not limited to: ensuring it complies with the law and relevant acts, in particular the Education and Charity Acts, funding and budget monitoring, compliance with Health and Safety legislation, ensuring Union Policies and Procedures are adhered to and representing students. All Officers are also required to be actively involved in collective work and be willing to accept work at the request of an appropriate body.
Sports & Health Officer voluntary role (non-sabbatical)
Works closely with the Membership Services Coordinator to ensure the Union enables students to create and run a variety of Sports Teams, within the organisations wider goals, providing training, advice, guidance and varied support throughout the year to current and new student groups.
A full job description can be found in the NSU Constitution, Bye Law 1
If I were elected to this role, I would see myself as Health and Wellbeing Officer.
I would recognise sport as one of the ways we can keep ourselves physically and mentally healthy. I would emphasize the NHSs’ ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.
Connect with people; family, friends, colleagues.
Be active; run, walk, cycle, swim. Exercise makes you feel good.
Take notice of something beautiful or unusual. Be aware and savour it.
Keep learning and try something new. Learn to knit, cook, juggle, fix a bike…
Give a smile to a stranger, say thank you when they’re not expecting it, volunteer…
I would do my best to facilitate these kinds of activities either at Newman University or signpost to where they are available. I would make myself available to chat to both in the Atrium and around campus, I’m a good listener. If there was interest, I would help others learn listening skills too.
I would try to respond to the needs around me to make Newman University a happy, healthy place.