Posted on: Wednesday 12 May 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people with many reporting feelings of isolation and loneliness due to national lockdown restrictions.
Students have experienced repeated disruptions to their studies and many have found it difficult to cope with changes to their learning environment and adjusting to virtual learning.
Coleg Gwent has been offering it’s students training to help boost their mental health and wellbeing, and to support their friends as well.
Mind Matters is a volunteer training programme aimed at 16 to 24 year olds, which gives them the knowledge and skills to deliver mental health awareness activities to their peers.
Casey, aged 16, is a Coleg Gwent student studying health and social care level 2 at Torfaen Learning Zone. She said: “It’s been great meeting new people and I think it’s already helped improve my confidence. It has been interesting getting to know some of the university students who are volunteering too, especially as we’ve all been through such similar experiences the past year.
“I have been finding it easier to have conversations about mental health with my friends, some have been really struggling lately and it feels good to offer some support. These sessions have already been useful to me personally and I think that what I’m learning with Mind Matters will also help with my future goal of studying A-Level Psychology.”
Eight students at Coleg Gwent have taken part in the Mind Matters project, thanks to Volunteers Matters and the Gwent Care Career Project, which is a partnership that supports the development and recruitment of health and social care workers in Gwent.
Partners include ABUHB, Coleg Gwent, Gwent local authorities and private providers of social care, who are all committed to developing a compassionate and skilled health and social care workforce.
If you are interested in volunteering, or starting a career in health and social care, then why not contact Volunteering Matters on firstname.lastname@example.org or take a look at the courses on offer at Coleg Gwent - Coleg Gwent - Further Education College in South East Wales