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.
Statement of Services
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).
Sexual health nurse
A sexual health nurse visits the college each week. Students can make an appointment or drop in for a confidential chat.
The college chaplain visits the college once a week and provides support for all faiths and beliefs.
In addition to our visiting chaplain, SGS Stroud has 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.
We also run a peer mentoring scheme, which gives our students the chance to share ideas, concerns and other issues with their peers, and to gain emotional support and guidance, to help with their progression while studying at SGS.
You can talk to a peer mentor about anything that’s troubling you, however big or small. Whether you’re struggling at college, suffering from low self esteem, having problems in your personal life or just need to get something off your chest, chatting to your peer mentor can help.
If you’re a good listener, reliable, friendly, supportive, and non-judgemental then why not volunteer to be a peer mentor? Training sessions take place during lunchtimes once a week for the first term. Once you’ve finished your training we’ll match you with a student, to provide one-to-one support and advice.
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