A well deserved award for student wellbeing at the College

Bridgend College is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Diana Award’s Wellbeing Badge!

The Diana Award is a charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, with a mission to ‘develop and inspire positive change in the future of young people’ (The Diana Award, 2020).  The Wellbeing Badge is awarded for campaigns or initiatives that encourage positive wellbeing such as peer mentoring, mental health awareness, support groups, online support tools, or safe spaces in school.

Over the last 12 months, Bridgend College has participated in a variety of events and wellbeing initiatives to support the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of its staff and students. Holding a Diana Award training event last summer at our Pencoed campus, schools and colleges across Bridgend County Borough came together to support and campaign for anti-bullying.  After participating in the event, the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and Student Wellbeing Team at the College have continued to campaign for anti-bullying to ensure learners can be all that they can be.

The College held its first Wellbeing Festival in 2019 and throughout the week, students and staff had access to multiple organisations offering support, advice, and guidance internally and for longer-term. The event included visits from the following organisations/charities: 

  • Victim Support – Hate Crime 
  • New Link Wales – Substance Misuse 
  • Mental Health Matters 
  • Valley Steps 
  • Calan DVS 
  • Welsh Blood Service 
  • Roots – Young Carers 

The Wellbeing Festival was a huge success, with students across the College getting involved and actively looking for ways to support their own wellbeing, from physical activity to mental health. 

By collaborating with other departments within the College, the Student Wellbeing Team was able to engage students from all angles.

The Wellbeing Festival was created to raise awareness for mental health as well as provide students with a variety of services for their own self-care and wellbeing. Alongside the Student Wellbeing Team, our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors helped to support the event by encouraging others to participate in a variety of activities that ran throughout the week.

Other student initiatives set up to support wellbeing at the College include daily wellbeing drop-in services, participating in Hate Crime Awareness Week and Black History Month, establishing the G.R.L. Society, offering free breakfasts to students at all our campuses, the installation of hydration stations to reduce single-use plastic and initiatives in collaboration with external organisations such as ‘Cuppa with a Copper’.

We’d like to thank the Student Wellbeing Team at Bridgend College for all their hard work during the last 12 months, ensuring that our students get the best support.