Your guide to Welfare & Inclusions
SUPAS is an inclusive and accessible society; we welcome those of any ethnicity, gender, sexuality and those with disabilities or mental health issues.
Together, our committee strive to provide the most inclusive environment for all new and existing members. Your welfare is one of our upmost priorities in every decision we make. So please take some time to check out what we are doing to ensure you have the best experience possible, and what you can do too!
Our Inclusions Team are always up for talking! Maybe you're finding it difficult to balance SUPAS alongside your degree; struggling to find your place in the society; have suggestions for we can improve your experience... whatever it is, we're here for you!
We have a Inclusions Lead for every department within the society who are happy to meet up for a chat whenever you want. These people are...
Jess Brandao (President) a point of contact for the whole society
Melissa Dobson (Inclusions Officer) for any inclusions related issues
Chris Peston (Technical Coordinator) here for all our wonderful techies
James Bateman (Music Coordinator) happy to help any of our fabulous musicians .
MAKING YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Our Inclusions Team and wider Committee really appreciate hearing feedback from our members. We have online, face-to-face and anonymous ways for you to get in touch...
THE WELFARE OFFICE
A few times a year, Melissa (Inclusions Officer) opens the door to her Welfare Office! This is a safe space which anyone can visit to discuss any SUPAS-related issues, as informally or formally as you wish. Anything discussed at the Welfare Office may be done so in strict confidence. However, if for any reason, your health and safety is at risk then this confidentiality will be broken. If you would like to register your attendance in advance, please let Melissa know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Facebook event for Dates/Times/Location
We have a rolling Feedback Form which you can use to comment on any part of your experience in the society, at any point in the year. Submissions to this Google form are anonymous, however there this an option to declare your name if you wish. Please note, only the Inclusions Team can see responses to the Feedback Form.
Access the Anonymous Feedback Form here:
We have a seperate email account that is only viewable by Meliisa (Inclusions Officer). Obviously this is not an anonymous medium, but you can send any feedback or express personal concerns here, and it will be kept strictly confidential. Anything sent to this account will not be shared with other committee members unless you agree for Melissa to do so.
Please send your emails to:
As previously mentioned, SUPAS aims to be an accessible society for everyone - in the event that your access needs are not catered for, we would appreciate being informed so we can work to improve this. These are just some of the steps we have taken to improve accessibility:
EMERGENCY CONTACT FORMS
If you a member of the company for any SUPAS production - cast/band/technical team/production team you are required to complete an emergency contact form. Your Stage Manager will ask you to fill these out as early on in the rehearsal process as possible so that we are aware of any issues/concerns you have and are able to support you through the entirety of the process. You may use this form to make known any injuries/allergies/disabilities/medical issues/mental health issues, etc.
IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM
VENUES - rehearsal rooms and performance venues in accessible premises - the University Drama Studio is equipped with wheelchair access; access toilet facilities; hearing induction loop.
TAKE A BREAK - auditions and rehearsals can be adapted to accommodate your needs/abilities/injuries - we take regular breaks whilst rehearsing material, but just let us know if you need to sit out for a short time. We are also understanding of different speeds of learning.
QUIET POLICY - adapted by one of the University's Disability Champions, Rebecca Wight. SUPAS can be full on at times, so if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need some space or quiet time, we encourage you to just say the word "quiet" to a committee member/production team/stage crew and they will completely understand your need to be excused.
REHEARSAL TIME - typically, we rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and from 12-6.30pm on Sundays. Please let us know if these clash with things like religious needs, as our Production Teams are more than flexible to accomodate this.
DIVERSE - our Social Secretary (Toby) plans a wide range of socials throughout the year that include alcoholic and non-alcoholic activities. Let us know if you have suggestions for a social!
VENUES - unfortunately, a social such as a bar crawl proves rather inaccessible for those with access needs! Most bars on West Street are unavoidably noisy and overcrowded, with downstairs or upstairs toilets. However, we always aim to begin a social in at least one accessible venue so you can certainly join us there