Student Life & Support

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Safeguarding

We have a dedicated safeguarding team available to students who contact them for advice and support. You can find out more about our safeguarding policy, including how to report a concern, by clicking here.

Wellbeing

We want you to achieve your best and recognise that good mental health and wellbeing are key to you succeeding.

We also recognise that each of us is likely to want a little support at some point. If you’re feeling sad, stressed, lonely or worried, know that you’re not alone and we can help you get the support that you need.

Mental Health Support

If you are in college, your tutor or pastoral (PHSCE) tutor is a good point of contact. You can find your PHSCE tutors in A206, or send a message via google chat.

The Wellbeing Team offers short and longer term wellbeing and mental health support and a counselling service.

Visit our wellbeing web app to self refer and find further resources:
https://wellbeing-luminate.nw.r.appspot.com/

Get in contact and discuss your wellbeing and the support available to you with the team.
Email: wellbeing@harrogate.ac.uk

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There are also organisations who can offer support outside of college. We can support you with referrals if you need them. If you are a young person, visit The Go To (if you live in North Yorkshire) or Mindmate (if you live in Leeds).

For over 18s, visit the NHS information point here if you live in North Yorkshire, or the Mindwell website if you live in Leeds.
Anyone can call Samaritans on 116123 for free at any time.

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We have specialist support available for SEND students. For information, advice, and support if you have an EHCP, may be eligible for exam access arrangements, or think you may need support with a disability, get in touch with our friendly team by emailing SENDsupport@harrogate.ac.uk

Support will be assessed on an individual basis and will vary depending on your assessed needs and Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) if you have one.

We also have the ‘Oasis Room’ – a safe space for students to address times of crisis, sensory overload, mental health issues, or periods of sudden change.

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Enrichment

Enrichment is your opportunity to learn new skills, socialise, and spend time developing your hobbies. You can get involved in extracurricular activities and events before college, at lunchtimes, and after the college day is done.
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We add activities based on students’ interests and ideas, so if there’s an activity you would like to add, get in touch with megan.hawkswell@harrogate.ac.uk or call into the Student Life Drop In on Wednesday mornings.

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Get involved – We want everyone to have their say in shaping the college.

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Careers Support

For free and impartial advice and guidance students and their parents can book an appointment with our college careers adviser. Our adviser can help you to:

  • Identify your skills and interests
  • Make decisions about key transitions
  • Find and apply for courses, apprenticeship and
    work
  • Help with CVs and interviews
  • Plan and manage your progression
To book an appointment please email jane.humphreys@harrogate.ac.uk or message Jane in Google Chat.
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Work Experience

As part of your Full-time college course, you will be
required to complete a period of work experience.
Information will be provided at the start of your
course, but if you have any questions prior to
starting please contact our Placement Co-ordinator;
tosusan.roberts@harrogate.ac.uk