Project Partners

Weston College of Further Education

Weston College is an Ofsted outstanding college of further education in Weston-super-Mare delivering education and vocational training to nearly 30,000 learners across the country.

The College provides high quality and inspirational teaching and learning and is regarded as one of the top FE colleges in the UK having won numerous regional and national accolades. Weston College is one of the small handful of education institutions that has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Award and won the first ever Association of Colleges Beacon Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing, as well as being selected as one three colleges to be awarded centre of excellence status Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The College was named “Employer of the year” at the 2020 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards and in September 2020 was granted the Investors in People Platinum Award. Platinum is the highest level of accreditation possible to achieve and is a category that only 2% of organisations secure nationwide.

Phone: 01934 411 411

Gateshead College

Based in the North East of England, Gateshead College delivers education, training and Apprenticeships to school leavers and adults. We provide our students with what we call education with employment edge. This means making sure they leave us with both the qualifications and the real world skills that will set them up for the world of work and give them an edge in the jobs market.

Mental health and wellbeing sits at the very heart of this. Supporting our students to be emotionally resilient and to have the skills to cope with the challenges of every day life at home and work is essential for their futures. This is equally as important for our staff.

We’ve publicly pledged our commitment to change attitudes towards mental health, to end the stigma and to create a culture where people know its ok to talk about mental health and wellbeing knowing they will be supported whether they are a student, apprentice or member of staff. We signed the Time to Change Pledge in 2018 and were awarded an HRH Princess Royal Training Award in 2019 for our work in mental health.

This year we have restated our commitment to keep mental health firmly at the top of our agenda by signing the AoC’s Mental Health Pledge and are delighted to join forces with colleagues at Weston College and specialists from Somerset Counselling Centre, to work on this project and make a difference to not only our community, but the FE community across the country.

0191 4900 300

Somerset Counselling Centre

Founded in 1990, with a strong vision and shared purpose to address the inequalities experienced in and around mental health and wellbeing provision in Somerset.  

With 30 years’ experience in psychodynamic and integrative therapy the charity has grown from strength to strength; supporting many people who approach us for help regardless of their economic situation.  The Centre supports a diverse group of over thirty counsellors and supports in excess of 3000 therapy session per annum.  We are one of only two BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychodynamics) accredited centres in the County and the wider region too.  

Our mission is to: raise the awareness and promote increased understanding of good emotional wellbeing with counselling support; aid the training and experiences for a continuous pipeline of volunteer and student placements alongside the many highly experienced counsellors supporting the charity still today; deliver services to those who need it, when they need it.

Somerset Counselling Centre provision of high quality counselling services is recognised. Our client feedback averages 97% excellent, in all categories of assessment.  Most importantly as a charity, the services we provide increases access to affordable counselling, thereby helping to improve emotional health, wellbeing and resilience in the community.  

Our partnerships will support the ‘social value’ aspect of service delivery, so vital in a healthy mixed approach to partnerships and service delivery within all communities.  

Phone: 01823 337049