Coleg Cambria commended for new systems focused on student and staff wellbeing

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date of publication: Wednesday 24 November 2021

updated: Wednesday 24 November

Coleg Cambria has been commended by the Association of Colleges (AoC) for implementing a series of innovative new systems focused on the health and well-being of employees and learners.

The prestigious AoC Beacon standard and commendable status in the NOCN Group Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing is a “huge honor” for the college, says CEO Yana Williams.

Cambria has been praised for defining and delivering a ‘significant increase’ in protection and wellbeing referrals during the 2019/20 year – in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic – and for introducing a holistic intercollegiate approach to address broader needs.

Ms Williams said: “The vigilance and health of everyone at Coleg Cambria has never been more important.

This issue has always been at the forefront of our thinking, but the stress and challenges of this unprecedented period have brought everyone closer together.

“Recognition of this by the AoC is a great honor for us, but ultimately it is encouraging that in the College we have demonstrated flexibility and creativity in ensuring that our employees and learners know there is support available.”

The development of a ‘trauma-informed methodology’ as part of a comprehensive holistic strategy, with support from specialist staff including progression coaches and an ASD educator, was another reason to praise Cambria.

Also offering was an online mental health, trauma, and attachment training tool, a weekly vulnerable learner tracker tool, multisensory resources, and a dedicated well-being center providing advice and guidance.

An AoC spokesperson said: “Congratulations to the colleges that have met the AoC Beacon 2021/22 standard.

“The evaluators recommended those applications that should be commended for their practice in each of the award categories, having demonstrated a high level of innovation, impact and sustainability.”

For more information on the wide range of courses available at Coleg Cambria, visit the website: www.cambria.ac.uk

Visit www.aoc.co.uk to learn more about the AoC Beacon Awards.

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