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Information, Advice & Guidance

We want you to enjoy your time at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and to fulfill your true potential. To help you do this, we offer a wide range of support from course tutors, learning mentors, peer mentors, counsellors and even a college chaplain. Support is always here, if and when you need it.

Young Carers

Who are young adult carers?

  • Anyone between the age of 14 - 25 whose life is in some way restricted because of the need to take responsibility for the care of someone who is ill, has a physical or sensory impairment, mental ill health, drug/alcohol misuse or domestic violence.
  • A young person who looks after may be a parent, grandparent, a brother, sister or maybe even a neighbour.
  • A young person who has to do more shopping, cooking, clearing up, or looking after younger brothers or sisters in the absence of a guardian.
  • Young carers may have more responsibilities than their friends – sometimes a lot more.

How does caring impact upon a young person’s life?

Being a young carer can have many positive effects such as:

  • Greater sensitivity to others
  • Enhanced living skills
  • Strong family bonds

However, if young carers aren’t given proper support there can be some serious impacts:

  • Impaired education, social, emotional and physical development
  • Incomplete education
  • Poor social skills
  • Permanent physical injuries (e.g. back injuries from lifting)

What can SGS College offer young adult carers?

  • A designated member of staff with special responsibility for young carers and lets all new students know who they are and what they can do to help.
  • Can put young carers in touch with the local Young Carers Service. We can also put families in touch with other support services.
  • Is accessible to parents who have mobility and communication difficulties and involves them in parents’ evenings.
  • Respects your right to privacy and will only share information about you and your family with people who need to know to help you.
  • Will consider alternatives if a young carer is unable to attend college due to their caring role.
  • Allows young carers to telephone home during breaks and lunchtimes.

Who to speak to:


Pez Perrin
(Deputy Head of Learner Services)
Room G32 (WISE Campus)
0117 919 5605


Jo Johnson
(Deputy Head of Learner Services)
Room 228
01453 761119

View our Young Carers Policy

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Sometimes, a sympathetic ear from friends and family isn’t enough, and you may find you need impartial help and support at some point during your time at college. If you have a problem you need to discuss in confidence, you can speak to one of our trained and experienced counsellors.

Whatever’s on your mind, whether you’re experiencing problems at home or relationship issues, struggling with a bereavement, or having difficulties at college, don’t suffer in silence – talk to our experienced counsellors.

Your first meeting with the counsellor will be an assessment session. The counsellor will explain what’s involved in counselling, and you’ll have the chance to talk about what’s on your mind. After the assessment, you may be offered up to six initial sessions, which will take place at the same time each week. 

If you prefer, you can register for online counselling, which takes place by email once a week.

To find out more, or to make an appointment call 0117 909 2297/8 (Filton), 0117 919 2605 (WISE) or 01453 761272 (Stroud).


The Chaplaincy is inter-denominational and exists to serve all members of the college – staff and learners – regardless of belief or background.

SGS College Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Presence

  • Monday WISE (AM) and Filton (PM)
  • Tuesday Filton (AM) and Queens Road (PM)
  • Thursday Stroud (AM) and Filton (PM)

Multi-faith room

In addition to our visiting chaplain, SGS Filton and Stroud have a multi-faith room for students who wish to meditate or offer prayer during the college day. The key is available from reception.

Mentors that support

All full-time students at SGS have access to a learning mentor who can provide information, support and guidance throughout your time at college.

Your tutorial programme includes regular progress reviews with your learning mentor, focusing on your personal development and future career aspirations. Setting goals and challenges with your learning mentor will help you to develop both study skills and personal skills.




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