The Student Wellbeing Service works closely with the No Ordinary Society, which is a truly inclusive society that aims to support and celebrate the diverse student population at St Mary’s University. No Ordinary Society organises social activities such as mindfulness colouring-in, art classes, cooking classes, film nights and board games.
This summer term we are going to be working with the Drama Department to help write and perform in a play about the difficulties students with mental health conditions can face when studying at university.
In addition to that we also offer adapted sport and physical activities such as sitting volleyball, boccia, ultimate Frisbee, yoga and kick-boxing. This year saw us create the first disability sports team to represent St Mary’s University with St Mary’s University No Ordinary Football Team. This is a 7 a side football team that competes in a Surrey Football For All League against the likes of Chelsea FC. All players that compete must have a recognised disability such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism, physical or visual disabilities as well as people with mental health conditions.
The society has been a great success and is the perfect way for students who find joining other societies or sports teams a very daunting experience to integrate into life at St Mary’s University and make new friends. We are always looking for new members to join our society so please come along to Student Services or email our Vice-President to find out more information. One member of the society said the slogan for No Ordinary Society should be, “Don’t be afraid, just be yourself, we will accept you!” I think that sums us up perfectly.