Welfare & Support

Welfare & Support


Your physical and emotional wellbeing can affect your learning. Should you ever need to talk to someone confidentially about issues that may be creating barriers to success, our Welfare and Support Team, based in The Hub is here to help.

The team can offer support and advice on a number of areas, some of these areas are:

  • Safeguarding yourself and others whilst at CRC
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual health
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Sexuality and identity
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Housing
  • Bullying
  • And being a young carer or young parent

The team also works with a large amount of other support services, so If we can’t support you fully or we identify that you may need some extra support, we will work with you to access one of our partner services

Commitment to Supporting your mental health & Wellbeing

‘Every year, one in ten young people experience a mental health problem and one in five young people aged 16-24 experience a common mental illness such as anxiety or depression; and 75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experience their first symptoms before the age of 24.’ (AOC 2019)

CRC is working with the Association of Colleges to pledge our commitment to the mental wellbeing of staff and students by signing up to the AOC Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter, created by the Association of Colleges, in conjunction with FE colleges and mental health experts.

The Transitions Team

The Transitions Team at Cambridge Regional College supports learners with a variety of different needs to help them move from secondary school to college. They aim to reduce barriers that may stop learners applying to college or may mean they withdraw early due to not finding the right support fast enough.

Young Carers

Young carers look after someone (normally in their family) who has an illness, a disability, mental ill-health or a problem with drugs or alcohol. They might take on caring tasks that an adult would normally do. Sometimes they may have to look after younger siblings when parents/carers struggle to. 

We understand looking after a loved one whilst trying to be a student can be difficult at times. We’ll do all we can to support and advise you whilst you’re with us.

We understand that your caring responsibilities may impact your ability to study, this is how we can support you at college:

  • We can let your tutors know that you care for someone so you don’t have to keep explaining your situation
  • Your tutors will support you to make sure you’re on track to do well on your course
  • Coursework and resources will be available online
  • You will be able to make urgent telephone calls to home
  • Support and advice is confidential
  • We work closely with young carers’ services and can put you in touch with them and other support services.

We respect your privacy and – with your permission – will only share information about you with people who need to know. However, if you do not want to talk about your caring responsibilities this is okay to, but the support is available to you should you want it.

If you would like to talk to one of our advisors about this then please visit the Hub. 

We are proud to have achieved the Quality Standard in Carer Support.

“CRC has embedded understanding and awareness of YACs across college, from SLT and Governors to wider college teams as well as students through training and resources.”


Young parents 

Being a parent means that you have an extra responsibility alongside you studying which will impact both how much time you have available and your financial situation. However, there are ways that you can receive extra support to help you manage whilst you are in college.

Cambridge Regional College may be able to provide you with financial support to make college affordable including providing funding for childcare. See our financial support page.

If you are finding looking after a child quite challenging, isolating or finding other issues developing over time such as relationships difficulty or homelessness, then you can talk an advisor. We work closely with other support services who help young parents, we can help you access these services should you need to. 

Bursary Support

Money matters shouldn’t stop you from coming to College which is why our Bursary and Finance Team is available to advise you on sources of financial help including any bursaries or support funds that may be available to you.

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