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Health & Welfare

Your well-being is important to us. That is why we have a dedicated Welfare Team of highly-trained and experienced advisors.

The Welfare Team works closely with Progress Coaches to help you overcome any issues affecting your well-being. They can provide support and advice on a wide range of issues including health, welfare, financial worries, personal issues and mental health.

We recognise that any student can experience problems from time to time, not necessarily related to their academic studies. The Welfare Team will be the first line of contact for you to discuss what may be troubling you in a safe, non-judgemental environment. This could be:

  • Mental health issues
  • General health issues
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Pregnancy
  • Homelessness
  • Financial debt

Fika – Mental Fitness Curriculum

The only platform of its kind, the Fika app is designed to help students develop the key skills of mental fitness, with courses proven to reduce stress, improve mental health, increase confidence, boost performance and regulate behaviours and emotions – in just 5 minutes per day.

The Mental Fitness Curriculum has been endorsed by NCFE and consists of a series of 21 interactive courses covering 7 key life development skills. This will support your ability to bounce back from the pandemic and to thrive and succeed in your pursuit of education and employment.

How does the college promote a healthy atmosphere?

The college is committed to ensuring that all of our students and staff have the opportunity and support to lead a healthy lifestyle. As well as providing access to healthy foods, offering a sports programme and ensuring that the college is smoke-free, we also facilitate access to external support services such as Youth Service, Pathways (Drug, alcohol abuse service), Terrence Higgings Trust, GLYSS (gay and Lesbian youth support services), Home Start, Sexual Health Service and Livewire (smoking cessation and weight management).

Operation Encompass

As a college we participate Operation Encompass, a Police-led initiative which ensures we can better support any young person where a domestic incident has been reported to Police from their home.

Following a domestic incident, the Police will make contact with college and communicate relevant information to nominated, fully trained college staff. This will ensure that we are made aware early enough to our young people in a way which means they feel safe, supported and listened to.

We are committed to working in partnership with local relevant organisations to safeguard and protect children and young people across Cheshire, and provide the best possible care and support for our students.

We’re here to help

Student welfare is very important to us. If you have any concerns or would like further information about our support services, please pop into Learner Services.


Warrington & Vale Royal College has a Safeguarding Policy to ensure that all vulnerable adults, young people and children attending activities in the college do so in a safe and secure environment. It sets out the steps we take to protect vulnerable adults, children and young people and the procedures we would use to deal with any issues.

The Safeguarding Policy is approved by the Governors and Senior Management. Any student concerned about their own safety or the safety of another student should speak to their Progress Coach/Tutor, a Welfare Adviser in Learner Services, a college Safeguarding Officer or Senior Tutor.

The college Safeguarding team can be contacted on:

01925 494222

View the college’s safeguarding policy.

View the college’s safeguarding annex: Response to COVID-19.

Helpful links:

Happy Ok Sad (mental health),Warrington

Kooth (mental health), Warrington & Winsford

Calm Harm (self harm), Warrington & Winsford

Wired (young carers), Warrington

Axess (sexual health), Warrington

Mind (mental health charity), National

Body Positive (sexual health), Winsford

Crossroads Together 0333 323 1990, Winsford

CAMHS (out of hours), advice line 01244 397644, Winsford

CAMHS (assessment & response team), 01925 579405, Warrington