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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.


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 Adult Carers

Who are young adult carers?

Young adult carers are young people aged 16-25 who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction. They may be caring as part of a family, or they may be the only person providing care. They are often taking on responsibilities you would expect of an adult. These might include, looking after siblings, shopping, paying bills, doing housework, cooking, providing physical care and emotional support, managing the family budget, collecting medication and helping to administer it.

How does caring impact a young person's life?

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

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

However, if young adult carers are not 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 team with special responsibility for young adult carers.
  • Access to our Wellbeing Service, where young adult carers can get 1:1 support from an Education & Wellbeing Mentor or see our College Counsellor. The Wellbeing Service also provides Foodbank vouchers and free period products, to any learner in need.
  • We can put young adult carers in touch with the local Young Carers Service and can also put families in touch with other support services.
  • Accessibility to parents who have mobility and communication difficulties, giving them the opportunity to be involved in parents' evenings.
  • We will consider alternatives if young adult carers are unable to attend college due to their caring responsibilities.
  • Enhanced 16-18 bursary for young adult carers (if eligible).
  • An online young adult carers peer support group, where young adult carers can come together to support each other and information relating to young adult carers is shared.
  • Regular young adult carer drop-in sessions with our Youth Work team.

Our Young Adult Carer Leads are - Jade Reid; [email protected] and Hannah Lind; [email protected]

Our Senior Leadership Team Young Adult Carer Lead is - Pez Perrin; [email protected]

For any more information on how to access support inside and outside of college, please speak with Hannah or Jade, who will be happy to help.

Self-Help Resources for Student, Parents & Carers


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

Student Minds - UK student mental health charity

Young Minds

The Mix - Essential mental health support for people under 25

Mental health apps approved by NHS

NHS Advice

The Parents Guide to Teaching Your Teen Online Safety

Food bank links for people living in Gloucestershire

Food banks links for people living in South Glos

Food banks links for people living in Bristol

Understanding Universal Credit

Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE) UK

Think U Know - #AskTheAkward

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