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Wellbeing Support

Lockdowns are not easy and the current situation can sometimes feel too much, but please do not suffer in silence. It is okay to not be okay and it is okay to ask for help.

We've put together some information on this page that we hope will help you, including wellbeing tips and advice and details about help services that are available to you. 

You can also take a look through our Wellbeing and Support During College Closures document.

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    #1 Stay Connected

    Distance learning/working can be challenging, especially when we're socially distancing or isolating, so it's important to keep in touch with people, whether it's a video chat, a phone call, a message or an email. It's important that we all keep communicating and stay positive. You can find out more about taking care of your mental health and wellbeing on the Mind website.
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    #2 Plan a Daily Routine

    It can be easy to fall into bad habits when your daily structure changes. It's important to keep some of your daily routines: get up, get washed, get dressed. 
Break your day up with study/work, exercise and things you enjoy. It can be difficult to focus on study/work, so break this up and set yourself targets and rewards for when you complete your tasks. It's important that you try and get outside when you can and keep active! Find out more tips and advice on the Mind website.
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    #3 Keep Active

    Include physical activity in your daily routine. Government guidelines say that you can leave your home for exercise. For those who do not have gardens, this is quite important. If you can go for a walk or a run in nature this is not only good exercise but it is good for your mental health too and will make you feel happier. Find more advice on the Mind website.
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    #4 Keep Your Mind Stimulated

    Challenge your brain daily. Set aside time in your routine to read books and magazines, listen to podcasts and music, watch films and do puzzles. There are plenty of apps that you can download that can help with this, plus you can access e-books from Moodle. This could also be your perfect opportunity to learn something new and YouTube has thousands of videos that can help you start a new hobby from scratch! Find more advice on the Mind website.
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    #5 Find Ways to Relax

    Making sure you relax is always important and there are lots of different ways that you can do this, such as: arts and crafts, DIY, mindfulness, playing musical instruments, singing or listening to music, writing, yoga, meditation, reading, spending some time in nature - in the garden or during your daily exercise. Also make sure that you take a break from social media and the news as this can have the opposite effect. Find more advice on the Mind website.
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    #6 Limit Your Social Media Use

    It can be easy to turn to social media when things are unsettled and you are bored, but it is important that you take breaks from social media as well as the news as this can have a negative effect. 
Take a look at some of our previous tips and try something new and exciting to do instead! - you can always do some additional course work! 
Find more advice on the Mind website.
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    #7 Be Kind

    Everyone is feeling something different right now, so be kind and considerate. Just remember that behind every computer is a person and every person has feelings. If someone has a different opinion/idea/feeling to you, that is fine, it's what makes us individuals. Also think about your family, friends and your local community. Reach out to people that may need help and look out for the elderly and vulnerable. If you are looking for things to keep you active and would like to help your local community, look for Facebook groups that are actively helping your local community and get involved! Find more advice on the Mind website.
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    It's Okay to Need Help

    It is okay to not be okay and it is okay to ask for help, above are some of the main website and helpline, but please also see 'External Support Services' on this page, for an extensive list of organisations that can help you or someone you know.
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    Safeguarding

    If you have an urgent concern outside of college opening hours please contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or contact your Local Authority safeguarding team. Those students who are already working with a Welfare and Engagement Adviser or member of the Safeguarding Team will be offered continuing support on an ongoing basis. If you believe a child is at immediate risk of significant harm call 999.

  • General Advice

    The Coronavirus outbreak is an unprecedented and concerning situation. For people who experience anxiety disorders (and for those who don’t) it may trigger some additional worries. The BaCP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) has written a guide on coping with anxiety about Coronavirus.

     

    The idea of self-isolating can be a bit intimidating, but there are steps you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing if you need to stay at home. The BaCP have written a helpful article containing top tips for self-care if you are self isolating.

      

    Some families may have to self-isolate together, which can be a challenge. If you need help with your family relationships, Relate provide support and counselling services for families and couples.

    The BBC have written an article about families self-isolating together and how to make it a positive experience.

     

    The Guardian’s article on how to stay positive during the Coronavirus crisis may also be helpful.

     

    Finances and money may be another source of worry at this time. Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert website has some really helpful information on financial help and rights that is being regularly updated as the situation develops.

     

    MSE also has a page on Travel rights for people who were planning on travelling abroad and have had to postpone their plans due to the outbreak.

     

    If you are worried that you may have symptoms of the Coronavirus please visit the NHS website and use their symptom checker to get advice about what you should do next. Try to get your information from reliable sources. The main point of information in the UK is the Government website.

  • Safeguarding

    The college’s Safeguarding team is here to support students if there are concerns about safety or wellbeing. If you are worried that a child or young person may be at risk of harm please contact the safeguarding team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This will be monitored during college working hours (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

     

    Safeguarding staff available during the hours are:

    Cait Orton 07983 523 096

    Ged Boyer 07825 021 382

    Rachel Scarborough 020 8607 8074

    Beth Pattison 0208 607 8214 (9am – 3pm Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri)

     

    If you have an urgent concern outside of college opening hours please contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or contact your Local Authority safeguarding team. Those students who are already working with a Welfare and Engagement Adviser or member of the Safeguarding Team will be offered continuing support on an ongoing basis. If you believe a child is at immediate risk of significant harm call 999.

  • Careers Advice

    Students and parents/carers will be able to contact the Careers Advisors through email:

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    Our office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday We are happy to help with CV writing, interview skills, and any questions you or your child may have about careers. However, if you would like to talk about this year’s examinations situation and how it will affect your child, please do bear in mind that this is a national situation which is developing rapidly and, at the time of writing, a clear position is yet to be communicated by the Department for Education. We will of course keep students and parents/carers updated with information as it becomes available.

  • Inclusive Learning Support

    The college’s Inclusive Learning Support team can be contacted through their central email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

     

    Students who currently receive 1:1 support from the ALS team will continue to receive this support remotely.

     

    Students will be contacted directly to make arrangements for this. Students who do not receive 1:1 support but who regularly access support from the Inclusive Learning team should contact their tutor (by email or Microsoft Teams) in the first instance in order to receive support.

  • College Counselling Service

    The Counselling service will continue to offer a remote service. Existing clients will be contacted on their college email addresses by their counsellor.

     

    Any student who would like to make a request for counselling can use the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow the link on Moodle.

     

    Please note that all college services are subject to staff working hours and unfortunately may be impacted if staff become unwell. We are working remotely and will maintain as effective a service as possible.

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