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16-18 Enrolment Guide

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Services we offer

Support With Personal Issues

Health Issues | Sexual Health Issues | Drugs and Alcohol support | Advocacy | Relationships | Counselling

Welfare Rights

All benefits |Link to Welfare Rights hotline

Money Advice

Financial Support | Higher Education Loans - Student Futures | Budgeting

Child Protection

All Child Protection Referrals | All Vulnerable Adult Referrals | Liaising with Social Workers

Housing Advice

Homelessness | Negotiate to get young people back home

Food Banks

If you do not have enough food at home or are worrying about the amount you have. please see the Student Welfare reception team and enquire about a food parcel.

How we can support you

As a Child in Care or Care Leaver you will be offered a meeting once a term to meet with a welfare officer. These meetings are to:

  • Check how you are settling in to college life
  • Discuss available support from Student Welfare
  • Offer continued support
  • Discuss Future options/independent guidance advice
  • To complete your Personal Education Plan (PEPs) if they apply

Overall responsibility for Children in Care and Care Leavers is with Student Welfare Manager, Sarah-Louise Neesam.

Funding

16-18

If you are a Child in Care aged 16 to 18 on the 1st of September of the year you start your course, then you will be entitled to funding of £1200 for the academic year.

The award will be paid as fortnightly payments, paid evenly throughout the academic year based on the attendance. The funding can also be put towards:

  • Monies towards travel or an internal pass (please ask if you come under an internal route)
  • Equipment and uniform
  • Lunch vouchers The cost of any additional items will be taken off of your total award of £1200, reducing your fortnightly payments

Funding 19+

For Care Leavers aged 19 or over, funding is available for exam fees, travel, equipment, uniform, childcare and lunch vouchers. You can speak to anyone in Student Welfare about available funding.

Higher Education Funding

For Care Leavers aged 19 or over, funding is available for exam fees, travel, equipment, uniform, childcare and lunch vouchers. You can speak to anyone in Student Welfare about available funding.

Personal Progress Tutor

All students have a personal progress tutor. They will support you through your academic course. They will also be the first point of call for any of your needs on the course.

Useful contacts:

  • Jo Burbidge Bursary Administrator M: 079205 65342 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Sarah-Louise Neesam Student Welfare Manager T: 01284 716358 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Connor Smith Student Welfare Administrator T: 01284 716348 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Careers & Connections T: 01284 716354 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • West Suffolk College Reception T: 01284 701301 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Covenant

West Suffolk College recognises the challenges that young people face when they leave the care system and begin to live independently. We recognise that all parts of society have a responsibility to support care leavers so that they can make a successful transition to adulthood. We hereby make a commitment to undertake the following actions that will help improve care leavers’ life chances.