For the latest Covid update, please see below:
“I look on the past few months with pride in GC staff and students. Pride in how they have risen to unexpected challenges and remained positive and proactive throughout. Pride in how staff have gone the extra mile to support students and our partners; embodying our College Values. Pride in students for adapting to change and continuing to learn and thrive in uncertain times.“
Worried about your future or what your next steps should be?
We know how difficult making decisions about the future can be. During such difficult times, thinking about the future and making decisions can be daunting - but this is okay…
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 / email@example.com
Student Development Workshops
We want to provide students with every opportunity to explore key life skills and topics, be prepared for work and their lives ahead. Therefore, we have enhanced our Student Development programme with additional ‘drop-in’ workshops. You will be able to add these sessions to your CPD hours and your CV. Find out more below:
Your dedicated Student Mentor is committed to ensuring that you and your peers have all the support they need at College, whether this be with finances, learning, careers advice or your wellbeing.
To find out more or to tell us that you need some help, please speak to your Student Mentor, your Tutor or contact Student Services.
Our Learning Support team can support you on your studies at College and with your remote learning this year.
There is a lot of support available ranging across in-class support, study sessions, assistive technology and reasonable adjustments for your exams and assignments.
If you are struggling and would like to access learning support at College, please speak to your Student Mentor, Tutor or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the team will be in touch to ensure you are able to access the right support for you and your course.
Your experience and safety at College is our priority. We are committed to making sure that all of our students have the best possible experience during your studies.
To help us to continually improve the experience that you and your peers have at College, we would love to hear your feedback.
If you do have any feedback that you would like to share or have suggestions for improvements, these can be shared by emailing email@example.com.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Covid has had a significant impact on everyone’s lives and 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.
Therefore we felt that it was pertinent to share the Government’s latest guidance on mental health and wellbeing relating to Covid – this can be found here.
Useful resources from the GC Safeguarding team:
Our safeguarding team send regular newsletters to staff at the college. You can view the latest information here:
"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):
- Safety planning guide for victims and survivors during COVID-19
- Safeguarding advice for professionals supporting domestic abuse victims
- Visit: gdass.org.uk for more help and guidance
Advice from the Government:
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 pandemic, the threat from terrorism has not gone away.
Advice from GC’s Safeguarding team:
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 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. - blurtitout.org/the-coronavirus-helpful-hub
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)
If you need support or advice over the coming weeks, please get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many external organisations who are also here to help you. Click the links below to access support: