Wellbeing means feeling more than just happy and confident, it means feeling able to cope when things get tough in our lives or when our physical health suffers.

At Central Bedfordshire College the Welfare Team are able to offer advice and support on a range of Wellbeing aspects. We work closely with local agencies to ensure young people can access appropriate support and advice to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Local Agencies

Mental Health – CHILDREN ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE (CAMHs) 01582 707635
Counselling – SORTED 01582 891435
Sexual Health (Central Beds) – BROOK SEXUAL HEALTH 01234 761090
Sexual Health (Luton) – LUTON SEXUAL HEALTH 01582 497070
Drugs and Alcohol – PATH2RECOVERY 01582 501780
Stop Smoking – through public health @ Central Bedfordshire 07391 862297
Weight Management – BEEZEE BODIES 01234 363774

Drop ins at Central Bedfordshire College

This year Central Bedfordshire College has various agencies that visit the main Dunstable site to form our "Wellbeing Service". To visit any of these services please come to the Student Helpdesk at main site at the specified times.

Stepping Stones

This charity supports women who have suffered abuse, who are vulnerable due to substance misuse, offending, mental health conditions and/or are involved with Local Authority Children’s Social Care. To find out more about them please click here. To see someone from Stepping Stones please come along to one of their drop in sessions as shown in the table below.

0-19 Nursing Team

Our visiting nurse is able to advise learners aged 19 and under on areas such as Mental Health, Sexual Health, Eating Disorders and any other general health enquiries. To see the nursing team please come along to one of their drop in sessions as shown in the table below.

Brook Sexual Health

Brook are able to advise learners on a range of sexual health issues including Contraception, Pregnancy, STIs, Gender, Relationships, Abuse and Violence. To find out more about Brook please click here. To see someone from Brook please come along to one of their drop in sessions as shown in the table below.

CAMHs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)

If you are aged under 18 and are concerned about your mental health, then please come and speak to somebody in the Welfare Team. If the Welfare Team feel it is appropriate, then they will book you in to see somebody from CAMHs during one of the sessions shown in the table below. To find out more about CAMHs please click here.

Contact Us

If your need further advice and guidance, then please contact the Welfare Team at Central Beds College. We are based at the Student Helpdesk, main Dunstable campus, Monday - Friday 9.00 - 16.00.

Call: 01582 349 641/643
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Support with Bullying

There is no legal definition of bullying, but it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

Bullying can take many forms including:

  • Physical assault
  • Teasing
  • Making threats
  • Name calling
  • Cyber bullying

What is Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets. This could take place on social networking sites, messaging apps, gaming sites and chat rooms such as Facebook, XBox Live, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.

What to do if you're being bullied

If you fell you are being bullied by somebody at college, please let your tutor or Learning Area Manager know as soon as possible and they will be available to support you.

Useful Websites

The websites below contain information and guidance for young people affected by bullying, including videos made by teenagers and cyber mentors.

Please click on the links to find out more.

Young Minds
Teens Against Bullying
Kidscape
Bullying UK
Stonewall

Homelessness

What is Homelessness?

You may be homeless if you're sleeping rough, don’t have rights to stay where you are, or you live in unsuitable housing.

When are you homeless?

The definition of homelessness means not having a home. You are homeless if you have nowhere to stay and are living on the streets, but you can be homeless even if you have a roof over your head.

You are considered homeless if you are:

  • Temporarily staying with friends or family
  • Staying in a hostel, night shelter or B&B
  • Squatting (because you have no legal right to stay)
  • At risk of violence or abuse in your home
  • Living in poor conditions that affect your health
  • Living apart from your family because you don't have a place to live together

What to do if you are homeless:

If you find yourself to be homeless or at risk of homelessness, then there are many agencies that are able to offer support. Please see the list below for more information.

  • HAMS - Central Bedfordshire Council's Homelessness and Mediation Service (HAMS) is a service for young people from 14 to 18 years old at risk of homelessness or having housing problems. For further information, please contact HAMS on 0300 300 6429
  • Signposts Hostel
  • Mary Seacole Hostel
  • Shelter
  • Advice Central

If your need further advice and guidance, then please contact the Welfare Team at Central Beds College. We are based at the Student Helpdesk, main Dunstable campus, Monday - Friday 9.00 - 16.00.

Call: 01582 349 641/643
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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