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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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Information, Advice and Guidance

We want you to enjoy your time at SGS, and to fulfil your true potential. To help you do this, we offer a wide range of support from course tutors, Education and Wellbeing Mentors and College Counsellors. Support is always here, if and when you need it.

SGS Wellbeing Service

Who we are

The SGS Wellbeing Service is a team of specialist individuals who can support you to achieve your potential. The team includes:

  • Education & Wellbeing Mentors
  • Counsellors
  • Safeguarding Officers
Where we are Opening times
  • Monday-Thursday, 08:30-17:00
  • Friday, 08:30-16:30

Information, Advice and Guidance

Each curriculum department at the College has its own Education & Wellbeing Mentor who can offer you:

  • Confidential, objective information, advice and guidance
  • Strategies and support to help you manage practically and emotionally
  • Mediation and advocacy, helping you to communicate and resolve any conflicts
  • Referrals or signposts to other services
If you are worried about something and want to speak to someone confidentially, you can speak to your Education and Wellbeing Mentor.

Counselling

The College offers a free, confidential counselling service. You can be referred to this by speaking to your SGS Education and Wellbeing Mentor, or by emailing:

[email protected]

Prayer Room and Reflective Space

We offer a prayer room and reflective space on each of our campuses. Everyone is welcome, from all faiths to none. For more information, email [email protected].

Young Carers

Who are young adult carers?
  • Anyone between the age of 14 and 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, for example, a parent, grandparent, brother, sister or 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.
  • A young person who may have more responsibilities than their friends - sometimes a lot more.
How does caring impact 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 educational, 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, who lets all new students know who they are and what they can do to help.
  • We can put young carers in touch with the local Young Carers Service. We can also put families in touch with other support services.
  • Accessibility to parents who have mobility and communication difficulties, and the opportunity for them to be involved in parents' evenings.
  • Respect for your right to privacy. We will only share information about you and your family with people who need to know to help you.
  • We will consider alternatives if a young carer is unable to attend college due to their caring role.
  • We allow young carers to telephone home during breaks and lunchtimes.

Self-Help Resources for Student, Parents & Carers

Contact

Pez Perrin

Director of Wellbeing Services and DSL [email protected]
07903 894527

Tara Horton

Deputy DSL WISE Campus
[email protected]
0117 9192605

Lindsay Coles

Deputy DSL Filton Campus
[email protected]
0117 9092336

Bethany Lewis

Deputy DSL Stroud Campus
[email protected]
01453 763424 x5272

Ness Smith

Deputy DSL SEND and Specialist Provision Stroud Campus
[email protected]
01453 763424 x5301 & 07813993903

Other Useful Links

The Mental Health Foundation
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/public-engagement

Student Minds - UK student mental health charity
https://www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html

Young Minds
https://www.youngminds.org.uk

The Mix - Essential mental health support for people under 25
https://www.themix.org.uk

Mental health apps approved by NHS
https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/

NHS Advice
https://www.nhs.uk

The Parents Guide to Teaching Your Teen Online Safety
https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/parents/the-parents-guide-to-teaching-your-teen-online-safety/

Food bank links for people living in Gloucestershire
https://gloucester.foodbank.org.uk

Food banks links for people living in South Glos
https://oneyou.southglos.gov.uk/eat-well/food-poverty-support

Food banks links for people living in Bristol
https://www.trusselltrust.org

Understanding Universal Credit
https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk

Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE) UK
https://paceuk.info/

Think U Know - #AskTheAkward
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ask-the-awkward/


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