Sunderland Healthy Further Education
Sunderland College takes the health of their students very seriously and work in partnership with Sunderland City Council – health promotion and Sunderland City Hospitals.
The College completes a Health Related Behaviour survey every two years to collate health data and see how the college can best support the health needs of the students. The first survey that was completed in 2007/8 led to three members of the School Nursing team being based at the college to deliver a drop in service and regular health promotion stands across the campuses of the college. There are also consultation rooms available so that students can access support in a safe and appropriate environment.
The college also has an enrichment team, dedicated to supporting the student’s personal development. They deliver a comprehensive extra curricular sports programme as well as a wide range of opportunities to gain skills and new experiences.
A sexual health service which includes drives of free Chlamydia screening, the college is part of the C-card scheme which provides access to free condoms and has good links with the family planning and contraceptive services in the city.
At each college campus students can access a range of additional support services, including counselling, personal welfare support and additional learning support.
The college also works with key agencies to ensure appropriate support is in place for students including the Children Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Youth Drug & Alcohol Project (YDAP), Answers Contraceptive Services ensuring support is available where needed
Sunderland College is lead partner for the North East in the School FEAST which is a network of training centres and partnerships which offers any member of the school food workforce across the country access to excellent training. The college also works in partnership to support the community. As part of this the students were involved in a Feast week at the college where they could learn some cooking skills and try new foods.