Worcester Sixth Form College are aiming to make the transition from school to College as easy as possible for their students by offering support in a variety of ways.
The ‘Peer Mentor’ scheme, which was successfully piloted last year, provides practical one-to-one support for students who may be struggling with confidence issues or experiencing loneliness.
The scheme has been extended and this year the Student Services’ Counselling Team have trained twenty-one second year students as Peer Mentors. The students have covered a variety of topics in their training including understanding confidentiality, equality and diversity, active listening skills and record keeping.
The College’s lead Counsellor, Sam Ridout, supervises the Peer Mentors throughout the year. If it becomes apparent that counselling may be a more appropriate option, the student would be given the opportunity to access this at the College. This is also an amazing opportunity for the Peer Mentors themselves, as the scheme offers personal development and the chance to grow in confidence through their experience. Mentors will have the opportunity to develop and improve their communication skills, problem solving, self-esteem and empathy.
Sam says: “It is hoped that this continues to be one of the many ways that Worcester Sixth Form College help our students settle into their course, make progress and achieve their potential, ultimately enabling them to make positive decisions for their future.”