Students from across Winchester University have created a society where they feel that they are finally being understood.
Access is a new representational network, as part of the student union, which brings together those who have a disability, mental health issue or health complication.
First year Animal Welfare and Society student, Meghan Cooper, wanted to start the society even before she stepped on campus. Access was born from a group chat of people with disabilities and mental health problems, getting to know each other before the academic year started.
Six months down the line, the society is in full swing and the members have regular virtual meetings on Microsoft Teams, where activities such as pub quizzes and card games take place.
When asked why she set up the group, founder Meghan Cooper told WINOL: “The intention was to create a space where those with disabilities, medical conditions and mental health complications could talk about their struggles while being understood, also meeting students alike.”
While keeping in touch with each other remotely, the society has been able to put its spare time to good use. They have been working with Winchester hub to participate in a scheme called An Act of Kindness where they aim to create handmade cards or bookmarks with positive messages on them to lift the spirits of those working in local care homes.
Due to Covid restrictions, the group have not yet been able to meet in person. However, they plan on meeting up as soon as they are legally allowed to.