Personal Support

Our aim is to ensure every student reaches their potential with us and we have staff available for any individual who may need support and care. Students can access counselling and personal support during their time with us.

Our Support Covenant

Our Support Covenant

At Southport College we want you to achieve your potential. That’s why there is a support package available that is specifically for you. If there is anything that creates a barrier to your learning, we are here to help.

Support for Care Leavers
We are committed to ensuring that our Looked After Children and Care Leavers receive the best opportunities and support to succeed in achieving their aims. We aim to offer each young person identified as being in care or a care leaver personalised support which may include:

  • Pre application help and transition support
  • Financial Support and advice including Guaranteed Bursary, Free Meals
  • Advice and Guidance with a dedicated member of staff including Progression Support, Careers Guidance and Higher Education Transitional Support
  • Enrichment Opportunities
  • Retention support from a Student Engagement Officer
  • Acting as an advocate
  • Supporting and accessing specialist services
  • One to one support sessions with Progress Tutors
  • Counselling and personal support
  • Outreach work
  • Collaborative working with external agencies including the relevant Local Authority and key professionals
  • Contribution to their Personal Education Plan
  • Guidance for Higher Education including financial advice

At Southport College and KGV College we want you to achieve your potential. That's why there is a support package available that is specifically for you.

If there is anything that creates a barrier to your learning, we are here to help. We are committed to ensuring our students who are part of the most vulnerable groups receive the best opportunities and support to succeed. We aim to offer each young person who identifies as Looked After, as having caring responsibilities within the home, is a teenage parent or who is supported by the Youth Offending Team, personalised support which may include:

  • Named Safeguarding Officers for support
  • Pre application help and transition support
  • Financial Support and advice including travel pass and free meals*
  • Advice and Guidance with a dedicated member of staff whilst studying including Progression Support, Careers Guidance including Higher Education Transitional Support
  • Enrichment Opportunities
  • Retention support from a Student Engagement Officer
  • Acting as an advocate
  • Supporting and accessing specialist services
  • One to one support sessions with Progress Tutors
  • Counselling and personal support
  • Outreach work
  • Collaborative working with external agencies including Sefton Young Carers, the relevant Local Authority and key professionals
  • Guidance for Higher Education including financial advice

Support for Young Carers
A Young Carer is someone that helps to look after a mum, dad, sibling or any other family member who is either ill or has a disability (physical and/or mental). Managing all these additional responsibilities as well as attending College can present challenges, which is why we offer lots of help in ensuring students are fully supported with this.

At Southport College, we are always looking for innovative ways to support people, raise awareness and make a point to celebrate Young Carers awareness events, making sure we offer an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.

If you feel you would benefit from a little extra support at College or would like any more information, please contact our Young Carer Lead Julie Coates on 01704 392844.

We work closely with partner organisations in providing support to Young Carers. They offer lots of great advice over the phone, by email or even making an appointment to pop in and see them. Please see the following links for more information:

Safeguarding and Welfare Support for all students
We recognise our duty of care to students and the wellbeing of our students is paramount at all times.

Safeguarding Officers offer support to all learners who may be facing adversity, including those who are Looked After, Young Carers, Teenage Parents or who are under the supervision of the Youth Offending Team.

We also work with learners who are in financial crisis and are able to offer financial support via charitable bursaries (subject to eligibility), housing support and access to local foodbanks.

A national lockdown can prove to be a difficult time, but you don’t need to struggle alone.

There is lots of help available out there. Our Student Support Team have lots of suggestions, as well as the latest version of their own latest Welfare Times Journal...

Health & Wellbeing Support

Student Information Centre

Call now

01704 392704

Term time

Monday 8.15am – 5.00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.15am- 7.00pm
Friday 8.15am – 5.00pm

Outside Term time

Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm

Student Counselling

We have dedicated counsellors available to offer support to students who may find they need emotional support whilst studying. We offer one to one counselling, solution focused time limited counselling and crisis drop-in support.

All counsellors have a counselling diploma and post qualification experience and have either gained BACP accreditation or have membership.

Contact Student Counselling

Appointments

Call 01704 392720 or
visit the Student Information Centre.

Meet our Personal support team

Nikki Vernon
Nikki Vernon
College Counsellor

Safeguarding
Safeguarding
Safeguarding & Welfare Team

Everything you need to know

If you need support you can speak our Student Information Centre Team, your Progress Tutor or your Course Tutor. Any member of staff you speak to will make sure you are referred to the most appropriate member of staff.

If you are a care leaver, we ask that you indicate this when applying to the College, by ticking the relevant box on the application form.

Learning Support

If you have identified a learning difficulty and/or a disability, the Learning Support Team will contact you to discuss how to support you appropriately. Identified students who disclose a support need are individually interviewed to assess their needs and the level/type of support or tutoring required.

Financial Support

At Southport College we have a range of financial support packages designed to help meet a range of cost associated with studying including bursaries, travel passes, help with kit and uniforms and childcare support.

Careers Advice & Guidance

Through our Student Information Centre, our Progress Tutors and Library Learning Centres students have access to a wide range of careers advice and information as well as assistance with UCAS personal statements, CVs and job applications.