Welfare support

At Weston College, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible to ensure you make the most of your studies and fulfil your potential.

Whether you're seeking help with your emotional wellbeing, health care worries, College concerns or just need someone to listen, the Welfare and Pastoral team are here for you. 

Please use the pages in this section to ensure you find the support you require.

 

At Weston College, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible to ensure you make the most of your studies and fulfil your potential.

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Welfare

We provide confidential non-judgemental support to all students during their time with us at Weston College.

If you are unhappy or worried, there is always someone who will listen, offer support, advice and guidance. You can come and talk to us about a whole range of issues including emotional wellbeing, substance misuse, homelessness, course / college concerns, finance - we are here for you.

Our aim is to help ensure that your time at Weston College is happy, fulfilling and successful. 

Each campus has a Welfare Officer available daily throughout the term and on a drop-in or bookable basis. You can also contact us via email.

Knightstone Campus - Mandy Lee, Welfare and Pastoral Support Manager
Knightstone Campus - Danielle Lewis, Welfare and Retention Officer
Knightstone Campus - Emma Downward, Welfare and Retention Officer
University Campus - Vicky Nelson, Welfare Officer
South West Skills Campus - Heidi Milner, Welfare Officer

Mental health

Students with a diagnosed mental health condition have access to specialist mental health practitioners who are able to work with them and support them through various strategies to enable them to access College life fully.

The type of support available depends on the individual's mental health needs is completely bespoke and tailored according to the needs and diagnosis. It can range from one-to-one support sessions, cognitive behaviour therapy, referrals to external services, guided sessions/lessons, group sessions, exercise referrals, and much more...

Support is delivered through a combination of highly-experienced welfare officers and two professional mental health practitioners with extensive knowledge in the fields of mental health and education.

To be referred to the mental health team, contact the Welfare team using the contact details above.

Health and wellbeing

The Health Care Assistants offer a confidential service, which includes help and support to stop smoking, sexual health including pregnancy, healthy eating, emotional well-being and other health related issues.

Contact details

Knightstone Campus - 01934 411 535 (Luci)

Loxton Campus - 01934 411 640​ (Charlotte)

South West Skills Campus - 01934 411 658 (Katy)

Looked after children

We offer sensitive, confidential support and practical advice whilst having an understanding of your particular situation and needs. If there is anything that you feel is a barrier to your learning or you have any concerns, then please come and speak to us.

Weston College is proud to hold the Buttle UK Quality Mark. This means that we are committed to providing the best possible service to our looked after and care leaver students.

At Weston College we want you to achieve your full potential, so we have put together a support package to allow your time here to be as stress free as possible. We offer sensitive, confidential support and practical advice whilst having an understanding of your particular situation and needs. Academic support is available through your personal tutor and Library Plus. We can also signpost, and work with you, to access external agencies if needed.

Every six months, as a minimum, you will have your Personal Education Plan review, which will give you the opportunity to discuss anything you're unsure about or ask for some additional support. This can range from financial queries to home life. You will also be given educational targets set by your tutor and social worker to help you achieve.

If there is anything that you feel is a barrier to your learning or you have any concerns, then please come and speak to us by contacting your campus Welfare Officer. You can reach us by telephone on 01934 411 476  or by dropping into the Pastoral Suite at Knightstone Campus.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your time here at Weston College.

Counselling

Counselling is not about being given advice, it is about being given time and space to help you come to your own decisions.

Counselling offers an opportunity to talk about personal issues in a private and relaxed setting with someone who plays no other role in your College life. Counselling could help with relationship difficulties, anxiety/stress, self-esteem, loss, addiction, decision making and moving on.

Who are the counsellors?

Tina Noble and Philippa Henley (pictured above) lead a team of part-time counsellors.

Where are we?

We have a room in the Pastoral Suite on the ground floor of the Knightstone Campus.

We also use room (C03) in the reception area of the Loxton Campus.

We also have a room next to the Training Solutions reception at the South West Skills Campus.

Why come?

Counselling offers an opportunity to talk about personal issues in a private and relaxed setting with someone who plays no other role in your life. We would encourage you to come and talk about any worries or concerns you might have.

Counselling can help people with:

  • Relationship difficulties anxiety and stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss
  • Addictions
  • Decision-making and moving on.

Confidentiality

Counselling sessions are confidential, which means without your permission, nothing is passed on to friends, family or members of staff.

There are, however, some circumstances in which confidentiality cannot be kept. We can talk these through with you when you come.

How to make an appointment with the counselling team

At the first meeting, you and your counsellor will talk through the issues concerning you. You can then decide whether you would like further counselling. Some people find one or two sessions helpful, others decide they would like to come for further sessions over a period of weeks. We can usually find a convenient day and time to suit most people. Sessions generally last for 50 minutes.

Appointments can be booked at reception, by calling 01934 411 541 or through your campus welfare officer.

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