Health, Wellbeing, and Inclusion

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MENTALhealth

The Mental Health Team at Loughborough College are on hand to support you in a variety of ways. If you're already seeking support for mental health difficulties outside of College, we can work with you, and anyone involved in maintaining your mental health, to enable your studies and help you to progress towards your goals.

If you've never had support in this way, you can still meet with us. We'll support you in College and help you make contact with other services if appropriate. This service is free, impartial, and confidential. We'll make an initial appointment with you to discuss how we can help. This meeting will be very informal. To arrange an appointment, email learner.welfare@loucoll.ac.uk or contact us via the student dashboard

Alternatively, you can speak to your Progress Tutor, who will help you to make contact with us.

INCLUSION

If you're in care, leaving care, or are a carer yourself, there is support available to assist with your transition to College life. We also offer support to young offenders who are going through rehabilitation. We can help you to find strategies for managing student life, provide information, and, if needed, access to other services within the College and local services.

We want to make sure that you're confident about what you need to do at College and want to support you to get the most of your time here. You'll have the opportunity to discuss any support needs in a private and confidential setting. With your permission, we can also liaise with your tutors to ensure they understand your needs.

Either talk your tutor or

feelingsafe

We want you to be and feel safe at all times - at College, travelling to and from College, when you're out and about, when you're online, and when you're at home. If, for any reason, you don't feel safe, or you know someone who doesn't feel safe, please contact the College's Safeguarding Team on 07979 737474.

Be safe from:

  • Bullying - No one should say or do anything that makes you feel scared. You shouldn't be made to do anything that you don't want to do.
  • Discrimination - No one should treat you badly because of your age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Physical abuse - No one should cause you physical hurt or be violent towards you.
  • Sexual abuse - No one should touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable. No one should make suggestive sexual remarks to you. Remember, we all have a right to healthy relationships.
  • Emotional abuse - You don't have to accept other people's opinions about you. No one should upset you by making hurtful remarks either in person, online, by text, or by email.
  • Neglect - You should not be neglected by whoever looks after you. You should feel cared for.

MEETMYLIE

Loughborough College's first-ever Therapy Dog

Loughborough College has introduced Mylie - a furry, four-legged member of staff - to support the college community's mental health and wellbeing. When fully trained, Mylie will be a regular on campus and will be used mainly to support students.

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

  • Cognitive – Companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving and game-playing
  • Social - A dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing and focused interaction with others
  • Emotional A school dog improves self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts mood, often provoking laughter and fun. 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 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.

sexual health& wellbeing

We offer a free, impartial and confidential one to one service - for sexual health and wellbeing support. We can support you to understand and address your worries, so you have a productive and enjoyable time at College and for your future.

We can support you on a range of areas, for example if you struggle with exam stress, self-esteem or are having a difficulty with relationships you can come and speak to us. We'll make an initial appointment with you to discuss how we can help.

To arrange an appointment, email learner.welfare@loucoll.ac.uk or contact us via the student dashboard.

Alternatively, you can speak to your Progress Tutor, who will help you to make contact with us

Loughborough College Sexual Health Drop-in provides a range of services and is completely confidential.

This means that you can tell others about your visit, but we won’t. The only reason why we might have to consider passing on specific information would be to protect you or someone else from very serious harm, however we will always try to discuss this with you first. Staff running the drop-in offer impartial advice and guidance as well as supplying free pregnancy testing and free condoms. It is run by friendly members of staff that receive ongoing training.

OPENING TIMES Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12.30-1.30pm, B022 (term-time only).

Opening times for the sexual health drop in service have changed temporarily to: Thursdays (during term time) with the key drop in time is 12:30-1:30pm, however if you can’t make this time, you can knock on the door (B022) and our Team will try to help where possible.

You can also email learner.welfare@loucoll.ac.uk for any questions, booking or support. You can also book a sexual health session on your learner dashboard.

smoking

Did you know that there are over 4,000 chemicals in every cigarette and that nicotine (the addictive substance) is the least harmful of these? The sticky black substance, tar, contains the others and 60 of them are known to cause cancer. A 20-a-day smoker will spend around £20,000 buying cigarettes over the next 10 years. All that hard-earned cash going up in smoke! It's now common knowledge that smoking is harmful to your health but there are all sorts of other bad side effects. Although you may not notice it, smoking gives you bad breath, smelly hair, yellow fingers and teeth, and rapidly encourages the early signs of ageing.

Let us help you to stamp out smoking. The NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland Stop Smoking Service is completely free (prescription charges apply for medications, such as patches and gum, but are free if you don't pay for prescriptions). Getting this help means you're four times more likely to be able to kick the habit. We offer free, confidential support from experienced advisers, a free supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (if you're eligible), and you'll have access to support at a clinic near you.

Call 0845 045 2828 to find out more.

e-safety

We provide safe access to the Internet and digital technology to help students learn and achieve. Staying safe in the digital world is as important as staying safe in the real world.

Keep it private

Online - Make sure that you keep your own and other people’s personal information private. Adjust the privacy setting on your personal profiles so that you can control who views your pictures.

On your mobile - Don't give out your mobile number to people you don't know. Keep your security number or PIN private. Keep your mobile hidden when you're on the street.

Keep it cool

Online - If you are being bullied online, you have a right not to have to deal with it on your own. Save any bullying messages or conversations and show them to an adult you trust to help you deal with the problem.

On your mobile - If you start getting texts that upset or annoy you, don't reply. Keep a record and report the texts to an adult, network operator, or the police. You can also speak to your Progress Tutor, Teacher Learning Coach, or member of the Safeguarding Team.

If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online, contact CEOP.

Whether you play games online, by yourself or on your mobile. Being bullied or trolled in games Childline have all the advice to keep you safe.

Internet Matters provides expert support and practical tips to help you benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly

You can anonymously and confidentially report: Child sexual abuse content and Non-photographic child sexual abuse images to the Internet Watch Foundation

MEETTHE TEAM

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Heather Clarke

Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Dannii Donovan

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Amanda James

Inclusion Mentor

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Sue Fenton

Inclusion Mentor

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Jess Cox

Mental Health Co-ordinator

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Sarah Outram

Mental Health Co-ordinator

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Robyn Leader

Well-being Mentor

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Keira Hand

Well-being Mentor

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Jo Downes

Information Officer