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We want your time at Stockport College to be both successful and enjoyable. To help with this, we provide a range of learner support services to give advice, support and encouragement. It could be a personal issue or financial problem. We aim to help solve anything that’s affecting a learner’s experience within the college

 

Career guidance

Your time at college is valuable. How you spend it will determine what direction you take following your time with us. As part of the learner support provided, the Career Guidance team are here to help you make the right decisions. We can help you in a number of ways from giving you advice on the most appropriate course to take before you start, to helping you decide what you want to do when you finish your course by considering your interests and your abilities and guiding you towards more education, training or work.

We also have a fully stocked careers library — including a section for graduates, with career databases and software packages to help you decide upon your future direction.

We’re open Monday — Thursday 8.30am — 5pm, Friday 8.30am — 4pm.

Call free: 0800 100 900

Email: studentadvice@stockport.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 296 5810

Check out these careers information sites for more info: Prospects, National Careers Service, Job Applications.

 

Help with childcare

If you need assistance with the cost of childcare while you are at college, you may be eligible for help from the Learner Support Fund.

Awards will be made to eligible students on the basis of their income and their use of childcare provided by registered childcare.

Stockport residents can also register for a free place at any nursery school or class in the Borough for their child for the year prior to their entry to school.

Find out more here:

Stockport www.stockport.gov.uk/services/education/

Manchester www.manchester.gov.uk/info

Tameside www.tameside.gov.uk/surestart

Cheshire East www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/children_and_families

Trafford www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families

Derbyshire www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education

For further information about childcare provision and funding contact the Student Finance Team.

Email: studentfinance@stockport.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 296 5810

 

Children in Care / Care Leavers

If you are in care, a care leaver or you are supporting someone who is, then please contact us below for more information on how we can help you further your education.

Tel: 0161 296 6025

Email: ruth.harrison@stockport.ac.uk

 

Counselling

Sometimes personal problems can make it difficult to concentrate on studying. So it’s reassuring to know that you can call on a professional and confidential counselling service if you need to.

Students are welcome to talk to us about issues such as relationship difficulties, bereavement or anything else that is on their mind.

Counselling is available to full and part time students. Drop into our offices which are located near to reception on the ground floor of the Lyme Building.

Tel: 0161 296 5798

Email: studentwellbeingteam@stockport.ac.uk

 

Student Wellbeing Practitioners

Our Student Wellbeing Practitioners provide individual and group advice and support on a range of issues relating to:

  • Physical and emotional health and wellbeing e.g. tips on managing stress/ healthy diet/exercise/sleep
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Advice about drug and alcohol issues
  • Bullying, racial, homophobic or sexual harassment
  • Diversity issues e.g. relating to culture, sexuality etc
  • Managing relationships including tips on assertiveness, managing anger, family issues
  • Managing the transition from school to college and building self confidence
  • Support during meetings with other services or tutors in college

Anyone who is enrolled on a course can access these services. We also support people who are thinking of coming into college and would like help doing so.

 

Mental health support

Between one in four and one in six people will experience some kind of mental health problem during the course of any one year. We’re committed to ensuring that no students are ever discriminated against on grounds of their mental health. This includes difficulties like anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.

It is not unusual to feel anxious or panicky about being in college, or to find it hard to get in on time due to depression. We can help you to think of practical ways of managing your difficulties and ensure that your needs are met.

For more information about mental health problems, visit:

Students Against Depression

Stockport Mind

Mind

Need to talk? Drop into our offices which are located near to reception on the ground floor of the Lyme Building. We’re open between 8.30am and 4.30pm for all enquiries.

Drop-in support is available Monday to Friday 10:00am — 3:30pm.

Email: studentwellbeingteam@stockport.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 296 5798
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