Leading the way for mental health and wellbeing

We’re delighted to announce that Bridgend College has been crowned winner of the Association of Colleges Beacon NCON Group Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing 2021.

The annual awards for further education and sixth form colleges were announced by AoC’s Chief Executive, David Hughes at a celebration event at the virtual AoC Annual Conference on 8 February.

This national award celebrates the important work we have done, and are continuing to do, to support the mental health and wellbeing of our staff and students. As a College, we have strived to develop a supportive and safe environment where staff and students can openly discuss mental health and access a wide range of services. The aim of our Wellbeing Strategy is to create a work and learning environment where everyone can thrive and achieve their full potential and “be all that they can be”.

Simon Pirotte, the College’s Principal, said:

“Now more than ever, looking after the mental health of our staff and learners is so important. We are delighted to win this prestigious award that recognises the passion and commitment of our staff in going the extra mile to support our learners and each other during these extraordinary times.”

Sam Morgan, the College’s Director of People, said:

This is a fantastic accolade and reflects the amazing work that people at all levels across the College have been involved in. The fact that everyone plays their part, including our Governors, means that we are truly able to embed wellbeing into the fabric of the College.”

We measure the impact of our interventions and support through frequent staff and student surveys, combined with continuous dialogue and analysis of key data. Insights from various surveys, including the Mind Workplace Wellbeing survey and the Times Top 100 survey, ensure we keep delivering an all-encompassing action plan.

Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, David Hughes, said: 

“The AoC Beacon Awards showcase exactly why colleges are so important to every community and why people value them. The award recognises the very best collaboration, support and education and training that is delivered by expert teaching staff. The work of the winning and highly commended colleges and their partnerships show how vital colleges are to equipping the future workforce and their local and regional communities.”

We are so proud of this fantastic achievement and would like to thank all involved for their continued support and commitment to improving the mental wellbeing of our staff and students. It has been a wonderful team effort.