Coronavirus Guidance: Wellbeing and Support for Students, Staff and Parents 

It’s really important you look after your wellbeing and we’re here to help.

Our support and wellbeing team has provided some advice and top tips for staying well, managing anxiety and social isolation during this difficult period. 

Background photo: Our beautiful Cinderford campus in The Forest of Dean

For all Coronavirus updates, visit our information page for students, apprentices, staff, parents, and employers.

We are here to support you.
Matthew Burgess, Principal

Contact GC's Safeguarding Team

During this period of time, the safeguarding team at GC is still available to provide advice and guidance to all members of the Gloucestershire College community. If you need support or advice over the coming weeks, please email: safeguarding@gloscol.ac.uk

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a significant impact on everyone’s lives and, following the Government’s enforcement of a countrywide lockdown, we have found ourselves unable to see our friends and family and to go out and do the usual things we take enjoyment from.

During this uncertain time we may feel restless, frustrated, and lonely. We may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about our health or that of those close to us. Everyone reacts differently to challenging times, and changes in the way that we think, feel and behave vary between different people and can occur at differing times.

It is important that we take care of our mind as well as our body and get further support when needed.

We felt, therefore, that it was pertinent to share the Government’s latest guidance on mental health and wellbeing relating to COVID-19 – this can be found here.

The BBC have also released some useful information in relation to the impact of news articles and how to protect your mental health. This can be found here.

Update from GC Safeguarding team:

Mental Health and Wellbeing guide

How to maintain good mental wellbeing during isolation

Suicide Awareness and Prevention advice and guidance

 

Prevent

Prevent is part of the government’s strategy for preventing people becoming radicalised which may lead to extremism and acts of terrorism. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat from terrorism has not gone away.

Advice from GC’s Safeguarding team:

Counter-Terrorism Policing Statement

Support resources from GC's safeguarding team

Online Safety Update 

We are using the internet and online services more now than perhaps ever before, so it’s important to keep safe and follow best practice.

Advice from GC’s Safeguarding team:

Online safety guidance

Online gaming for families and individuals

Domestic Abuse

"At home shouldn't mean at risk."

The household isolation instruction as a result of coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Advice from GC's Safeguarding team:

Resouces from Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS):

Advice from the Government:

 

Student Experience

During these difficult times, we are committed to making sure that all our students still have the best possible experience while you study. To help us to continually improve the experience that you and your peers are having, we would love to hear your feedback.

We want your feedback

If you have any feedback (positive or negative) or ideas for things that could be improved, you can also share this by emailing: david.kettlety@gloscol.ac.uk.

Student Support and Additional Learning Support

Our Student Mentor team has collated some really useful information below to support you during this unusual time and we will continue to develop and update this section.

Needing some extra support while working from home?

The Learning Support team are able to make sure that you get the help that you need while you study at home. Depending on your preference, additional support sessions can be delivered by email, telephone or video conversations on Microsoft Teams.

If you need to access any support, please get in touch with the Learning Support team at learning.support@gloscol.ac.uk and a member of the team will be in touch.

For those of you who usually receive additional support while you are at College, support will continue and the Learning Support team will be in contact to make arrangements.

Helpful Links and Resources

You are not alone. There are so many organisations and resources available to help you. Find some helpful links below.

Look after your physical health

The Body Coach - Joe Wicks (aka: The Body Coach) has a YouTube channel full of free workouts. The sessions will be streamed LIVE every morning at 9am for a 20 minute P.E lesson. This is a fantastic way to start the day, feel energized, increase the endorphins in your body and stay fit - youtube.com/thebodycoach

 

Cheltenham Yoga - The Cheltenham Yoga Studio is uploading free yoga classes to their website. Yoga is good for the body and mind; it can support sleep and encourage relaxation - cheltenhampilatesandyoga.co.uk/yoga

Look after your mental health

Happy not Perfect App - Happy not Perfect is an app that has a simple mission: to help you feel good from the inside out. No-nonsense, research-backed tools and products to care for your mind - happynotperfect.com

Headspace - There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. But one thing is certain — Headspace is there for you. To help support you through this time of crisis, the app offers meditations you can listen to anytime - headspace.com/covid-19

On Your Mind Glos - NHS website with option to explore topics around mental and physical health for young people across Gloucestershire - onyourmindglos.nhs.uk

Every Mind Matters (NHS) - A helpful website covering Anxiety, Stress, Sleep and Low Mood, gives tips, videos and urgent support if needed - nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

TIC Plus - TIC Plus are working remotely and remain accessible via phone and email to ensure all young people and parents are supported - ticplus.org.uk

The Blurt Foundation’s ‘Helpful Hub’ - The Blurt Foundation has created a resource to support people through this unknown time. Their helpful hub provides advice and support - blurtitout.org/the-coronavirus-helpful-hub

Youth Support Team - Gloucestershire Youth Support Team’s priority is the safety and wellbeing of young people and the staff that work so hard to support them. So for the foreseeable future, the YST will be delivered online and over the phone rather than in person - youthsupportteam.co.uk / facebook.com/gloucestershireyouthsupport

Practical support

The Mix - A useful resource to provide support on many topics. The following link provides support with tenancy-related queries - themix.org.uk/housing/renting/coronavirus

Gloucestershire County Council’s Community Help Hub - The hub includes four forms for:

  • 'I can offer help’ – is for those who are able to support neighbours with tasks such as picking up prescriptions, shopping, dog walking and more
  • ‘I need help’ – can be used by individuals to ask for support
  • ‘My neighbour needs help’ – may be used by people to request help on behalf of a neighbour, relative or friend who cannot access the internet themselves
  • ‘My business can help’ – will allow local businesses who may have skills and resources others could benefit from, to offer their help

Find out more here - gloucestershire.gov.uk/helphub

Hope Support Service - Online help for young people aged 11 to 25 years-old who have a loved one with a serious illness and are worried about what the virus means for them - hopesupport.org.uk

Worried about your future or what your next steps should be?

Get in touch with GC! Our staff are all here to support you. Reach out to our student support team, and we will be able to offer you help and guidance: 0345 155 2020 / info@gloscol.ac.uk

University Concerns - UCAS has information for students worried about University applications - ucas.com

Helpful Links and Resources for Parents and Carers

The Department for Education has published a helpful guide for parents and carers which you can access here: 

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Juggling your studies or work around childcare?

Worried about completing college work and having to look after your child or babysit a sibling? We have tried and tested a wide range of apps and resources to help you out.

Simple fun activities from newborn to five years-old - hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk

Audiobooks - Follow the link to hear David Walliam’s read one of his books each day at 11am - worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses

BBC Teaching live lesson - Online Lessons and Activities - bbc.co.uk/teach/primary-live-lessons

Lesson plans, activities, apps and more:

spellingframe.co.uk

topmarks.co.uk

 

How can I keep my child safe online?

The Department for Education has provided their suggestions for helpful guidance for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:

Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)

Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

 

Safeguarding Information and resources

During this period of time, the safeguarding team is still available to provide advice and guidance to members of the Gloucestershire College community. If you need support or advice over the coming weeks, please email: safeguarding@gloscol.ac.uk

If you need support or advice over the coming weeks, please get in touch by emailing: safeguarding@gloscol.ac.uk
- Carly Rosser-Mayo, Gloucestershire College's Director of HR and Designated Safeguarding Lead

External resources

There are many external organisations who are also here to help you. Click the links below to access support:

ticplus.org.uk

gdass.org.uk

nspcc.org.uk

iammeapp.com

childline.org.uk

stayingsafe.net

samaritans.org

gloucestershirenightstop.org.uk

prevent-suicide.org.uk/stay-alive-app/

Coronavirus Information

Read the latest statement from the Principal and keep updated with news from Gloucestershire College for all students, staff and parents.

 

  

Keep in touch

You can keep in touch with us by following our social media pages where we will share self-care hints and top tips on how to keep well during this time. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

We are here to help

0345 155 2020

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Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.

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