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CUSU-GU and University Support, Self-help, and Social Groups

There are a variety of support, social and self-help groups facilitated by CUSU-GU Welfare, the University Counselling Service, and the Disability Resource Centre.

Support, self-help, and social groups can provide a safe and supportive environment to talk openly about issues that affect you with others who may be experiencing similar situations.

They are non-judgmental, non-critical, and confidential.

Current groups include:

Autistic Spectrum/Apergers social group (CUSU-GU Welfare & Disability Resource Centre)

The Autistic Spectrum/Apergers social group is for anyone who identifies with Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism and is studying at the University of Cambridge. They meet as a small group to chat about a variety of topics, share interests, make things (including origami birds!), get to know other students, discuss issues and possible solutions, arrange activities, and contribute to improving the student experience. Every Friday lunch time during term time, 1-2pm at the DRC. The Autistic Spectrum/Apergers social group also run a board games group on Thursdays at 2pm during term time, held in meeting room 1 at the Cambridge University Students' Union & The Graduate Union, Upper Ground Floor, 17 Mill Lane.

University Counselling Service Groups (University Counselling Service)

The University Counselling Service offers a variety of workshops, short courses and counselling groups for students. Students wishing to attend need to sign up through the Counselling Service, and some groups require a referral from a UCS Counsellor. Groups and courses vary throughout the year but may include:

  • 'Can't work', 'Mindfulness', 'Relaxation', 'Exam preparation', and more (workshops)
  • 'Learning to be More Assertive', 'Managing Emotions', 'Overcoming Worry', and more (short courses and groups)
  • Ongoing counselling groups for Undergraduates (over 3 terms) and Postgraduates (all year)

A full list of groups and workshops is available.

The University Counselling Service has general information on groups including 'why join a group', and practical information.