In addition to the support offered to you by your Personal Tutor there are a range of other support services that we can offer to our students.
We offer a confidential counselling service that offers you the space and time to think and talk about specific problems and for us to think together about difficulties you are having. The College counselling team also offers guidance on relaxation techniques. Counselling is a skilled way of helping you to focus on your concerns and developmental issues, while at the same time exploring specific problems, making choices, coping with crises, working through feelings of conflict and improving relationships with others.
The counselling service is available from Monday- Friday, 9 – 4pm, situated in the Health Point.
Students Offering Support (SOS)
This is a group of friendly students who are trained in listening skills. They are available to students who would like an informal chat, information or practical help with college or other problems. They provide a confidential service for all aspects of life including: decision-making, anxiety, stress, relationships, self-esteem and coping with crisis or loss. However big or small the problem, they are here to listen.
The College has on site access to Connexions services so that students can speak to a specially trained Connexions advisor and gain access to services external to the College. Connexions is able to offer students aged 13-19 all the information and advice needed to make the decisions and choices in their life relating to careers, housing, travel, health and relationships.
Health and Well-Being
We have a number of support agencies that we work with and that can be accessed in college. These can give you free and confidential advice on a range of personal issues.
Weekly advice sessions give information on Sexually Transmitted Infections, Pregnancy testing, Chlamydia screening and advice on other sex related issues. Free condoms can be accessed through the College and the HPV Vaccine is currently available to those female students that wish to take advantage of this service.
In addition to this, we work alongside Health Trainers. These are available to you for personal support sessions on a range of health related issues such as stress management, weight control and techniques and support in giving up smoking.