Support Teams' Details

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Wellbeing, Support & Safeguarding Team Details

Loughborough College is committed to providing additional support to enable students to achieve their full potential. If you live with a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition, specific learning difference (like dyslexia or dyspraxia) or Autistic Spectrum Disorder you are advised to contact student support email: support@loucoll.ac.uk for advice and guidance.

The college offers a range of services to support you on your journey at Loughborough College. Below you will find a list of options with regards to Support & Wellbeing on offer with details on how you can access these.

The latest information can be found at www.loucoll.ac.uk/student-services/health

THE ADDITIONAL LEARNING SUPPORT TEAM

The team has skills and experience in a range of specialisms to support learners. It is important that any additional learning support needs are communicated at the earliest opportunity. If you have concerns regarding your support needs please speak to your tutor.

It is important that you identify to us any previous support you have received in school, including exam concessions. When you start in a new Further Education institution, you will have to be assessed within the college before these can be put in place. (For more information please see our Examination Access Arrangements Policy)

The Additional Learning Support Team are located behind reception in The Hub and can be contacted on 01509 618313 or support@loucoll.ac.uk

THE WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM

We are very much invested in our learners and have a range of teams dedicated to your welfare and development. These include the Mental Health Team, Wellbeing Mentors, Inclusion Team and Safeguarding Officers. If you require support, there is someone here for you to speak to and we will make sure that you feel listened to.

We offer 1:1 appointments as well as inclusive support groups; we also provide a sexual health clinic three times a week. All services offered are free, impartial, and confidential.

Loughborough College is delighted to introduce our four-legged members of the Welfare and Development Team, Mylie and Otis.

Therapy dogs are shown to provide a range of benefits including:

Mylie and Otis the therapy dogs

Cognitive – companionship with a therapy dog stimulates memory, problem-solving and game-playing

Social – a therapy dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing and focused interaction with others

Emotional – a school therapy dog improves self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts mood, often provoking laughter and fun. Therapy dogs can also teach compassion and respect for other living things as well as relieving anxiety

Physical – interaction with a furry friend reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses

Environmental – a therapy dog in a college increases the sense of a ‘college family’ environment, with all of the above benefits continuing long after the college day is over.

MENTAL HEALTH CO-ORDINATORS

Our Mental Health Co-ordinators are here to assist and support you with any mental health difficulties you may face during your time at Loughborough College. If you are already seeking support for mental health, we can work with you and anyone involved in maintaining your wellbeing, to enable you to focus on your studies.

If you have never had support in this way or have recently experienced difficulties with your mental health, you can still meet with us. We will work with you to support you at college and help you to make contact with any external services if appropriate.

To self-refer to this service please contact us on 01509 517172 or email mentalhealth@loucoll.ac.uk

Alternatively, speak to a staff member who can do this for you.

INCLUSION MENTORS

Inclusion mentors are here to support your needs and help you to find strategies for managing learner life. We support looked after children, young carers, young parents, learners who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and young offenders undertaking rehabilitation programmes.

We can provide advice and will work with you to support your transition into college life. With your permission, we can liaise with your tutors to ensure that they understand your needs. If needed, we are able to provide you with information to access further internal or external support services.

To self-refer to this service please contact us on 01509 618270 or email inclusion@loucoll.ac.uk

Alternatively, speak to a staff member who can do this for you.

Wellbeing Mentors

Wellbeing mentors cover a range of different areas to support your general wellbeing. This can include low-level mental health difficulties, healthy relationships, drug and alcohol use, exam stress, grief, to name just a few.

Alongside this, we also run a sexual health drop-in three times a week. You can come and speak to us about sexual health advice, free pregnancy testing and free condoms. Don’t worry, it’s confidential!

If you are interested in joining a group, we can direct you to groups such as the college LGBTQ+ group, the Social Group, as well as many others.

For information or to self-refer please email us contact us on 01509 517171 or email wellbeing.mentor@loucoll.ac.uk

Alternatively, speak to a staff member who can do this for you.

Disability & Medical Conditions

SUPPORT WITH DISABILITIES AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Loughborough College welcomes students with a wide range of disabilities and medical conditions and offers a wide range of specialist support to help you access your course and be successful in your studies. Visit the Student Support Team in the Hub and talk to one of our advisers.

Phone: 01509 618 313 or Email: support@loucoll.ac.uk

Safeguarding and Prevent

We want everyone at the college to be and feel safe, and consider the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults of paramount importance, we safeguard students and promote their welfare, safety and health by providing an open, caring, responsive and supportive learning environment which responds to needs immediately.

The college Designated Safeguarding Lead is Heather Clarke and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Dannii Donovan and Keira Hand who, along with their team are trained and able to support with safeguarding and Prevent concerns.

You can contact the Safeguarding Team and report your concerns on 07979 737474

Heather Clarke

Vice Principal –
Learner Experience

Dannii Donavan

Dannii Donavan

Safeguarding
and Inclusion Lead

Keira Hand

Keira Hand

Safeguarding
Coordinator

Confidentiality

The College will not provide information of a confidential nature to any unauthorised enquirer without the permission of the student concerned.  In certain circumstances, the College may need to provide information to Social Services, the Police and on occasions other government departments.