Wellbeing and Additional Learning Support

There’s so much more to college life than just studying. We want your time here to be fun and one that you’ll remember. At college you’ll have the chance to be independent, meet new people and get involved with lots of fun activities. You’ll have the opportunity to join social and activity groups, sports teams, go on trips and so much more with our Xtra team and Students’ Union.

Wellbeing Hub

The Wellbeing Hub is a quiet, relaxing and safe place where you can find out more about the support available to you while you are at college. You can access additional learning support, safeguarding advice and guidance, early help support and counselling. We are based on the ground floor of South Block should you need a quiet space to reflect and relax.

If you’re a current student or apprentice, our Wellbeing Team has developed a suite of resources to support you on your learner journey too, take a look at the Wellbeing Hub Online Virtual Learning Environment for further information HERE.

Your Guide, Safety, Health and Wellbeing

LEAP Mentors

The Learning Engagement Achievement Progress (LEAP) Mentors (you meet yours during induction) provide a holistic wrap-around service which will support you to be successful in your future life and career. This includes mentoring you to maximise how well you learn (did you know there’s actually a wide variety of styles of learning – we can help you find out which works best for you) and progress in all aspects of development including:

  • personal skills
  • social skills
  • educational skills
  • employability skills
  • physical health
  • mental health
  • wellbeing

Additional Learning Support

We pride ourselves on making learning accessible for all, therefore, we provide a range of flexible learning support for people with additional needs. The support we offer includes:

  • Literacy and numeracy support
  • Support for dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and an autism spectrum disorder
  • Vision impaired support including enlarged print and braille literature
  • Support for the deaf/hearing impaired
  • Assistive technology and specialist computer software

Counselling service

Life at college can be rewarding, fun and exciting, but it can also be a time of stress and worry. There may already be a whole range of difficulties and dilemmas affecting you, making your life difficult to manage and scary to navigate. It may begin to feel overwhelming and too big to manage on your own.

Counselling offers you a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space, to focus and re-frame your thinking and how you behave and gain a different perspective. This can lead to changes in how you feel about yourself, your place in the world and your relationships. Issues brought to Counselling include:

  • Depression / Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Self-harm / Suicidal thoughts
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anger
  • Pregnancy choices
  • Loneliness
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Divorce and separation
  • Sexuality
  • Gender identity

You can attend a drop-in session, direct message or email the counsellor for support. Self-referral forms and what to expect from counselling can be found here: https://vle.chesterfield.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=10496

Mental Health Support Plans

We recognise that mental health affects many people and we would like to help support you with your learner journey by offering mental health support plans. You may have a diagnosed mental health condition, struggle with anxiety and depression maybe? Your college experience is important to us and we will ensure that a supportive and effective plan is in place to enable you to succeed and thrive throughout your studies, exploring strategies and interventions that offer positive outcomes and progression.

C- Scheme

Chesterfield College and Derbyshire Sexual Health work together to distribute free condoms and lube to our students and apprentices because your sexual health matters too. Sign up is free and simple, our Wellbeing Team will support you with your registration and you can access any C-Scheme provider with your C-Card to collect free condoms and lube at different sites. You can pop down to the Wellbeing Hub to sign up and collect your items during college opening hours.

Multi-Faith Room

Chesterfield College offers a multi-faith room for staff, students and visitors to make use of. This is a quiet room for prayer or meditation. To access the multi-faith room, speak to the main reception on Infirmary Road.

Cost of living

Derbyshire County Council has put together some information and support around the cost of living crisis. This includes tips and advice around money saving and what you might be eligible for.


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