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Emotional Support

We can work with you to resolve any issues which are affecting your attendance and our Access and Support Service Leader, Lorna Jenkins can provide advice, guidance and support for personal issues.

West Lothian College believes that inclusiveness is a fundamental principle and philosophy, and is committed to widening access and participation for learners.

The College works closely with a range of groups and external organisations to provide you with the right kind of help whilst you are a student.

Support for Looked After Young People

West Lothian College is committed to supporting looked after young people, who aspire to go to College. As part of our commitment to you, we offer practical advice and support on applying for courses, and we will give you every assistance to achieve your qualification.

We understand the challenges faced by looked after young people and we are here to help make your time at College as enjoyable and worthwhile as possible. If there’s anything you’re struggling with, however insignificant you may think it is, we are here to help.

Pre-Entry Advice and Guidance

We are happy to offer the following:

  • Support with the admissions and interview process
  • Invitation to looked after young people centred events
  • A named contact at West Lothian College
  • A tour of West Lothian College and an opportunity to meet staff

On-Course and Continuing Support

When you are accepted onto a  course, we offer:

  • Support from your named contact throughout the year
  • Support with accessing additional funds
  • Assistance in progressing through College, to another College or to University or on to employment
  • Help to access services such as counselling, mental health, benefits, housing etc
  • Confidential referral to in-house services such as counselling, learner development and financial advice.

Social Worker or Key Worker?

We work closely with social work services and provide a central point of contact for information within the college. We can provide progress reports and attendance records if requested, and we are also on hand to offer help with any questions.

We recognise that coming to college for the first time can daunting for looked after young people, so we actively encourage social and key workers to attend open days/college interviews with their young person. Our named contacts will be happy to meet with you and show you round the College.

Please do email us so that we can add you to our list of contacts, and we can keep you up to date with open days and college information.

Caring

If you have caring responsibilities it would be good for you to let us know.  This will enable us to give you appropriate support whilst you are at College.  If you care for a family member, partner, friend or neighbour of any age affected by physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or substance misuse please share this with us.

We can let you know about extra support we can give you which will help you have a positive learning experience and resolve any issues which might arise whilst you are a student.

Contacts

Lorna Jenkins and Helen Wilson are the key contacts at West Lothian College for all looked after young people, they are available on a drop-in basis or by email or phone.

Lorna and Helen are responsible for providing mentoring during your time at College. This can include providing one to one support, advice, advocacy, and general information about study and life at college.

for a chat or for more information please contact:

Lorna Jenkins on 01506 427610 or email ljenkins@west-lothian.ac.uk or

Helen Wilson on 01506 427934 or email hwilson@west-lothian.ac.uk