Your health and wellbeing are just as important to us as your studies and achievement. We have a range of support services available for use during your studies. If you need advice and are not sure who to ask, speak to one of our Student Advisors.
SilverCloud is an online tool that you may find useful help manage with any concerns you have around:
- Body Image,
- Resilience, or
Wellbeing Cafe (‘Gies-A-Break’)
The ‘Gies-A-Break’ Wellbeing Cafe is open to all students and is free. It runs once per month in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley campuses, and will ‘pop-up’ in other campuses during the year.
There will be a different cafe conversational each month based on a wellbeing theme. There will also be guest speakers, leaflets, advice and workshops/activities. You can join in the conversation or take some time out just to listen.
Dates and details will be published here. Check back soon!
Walking for Health (weekly walking event)
Taking time out to go for a walk or take part in another form of exercise can make a huge difference your health, wellbeing and studies. Our weekly Walking for Health events take place in Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley and culminates in June 2020 in the ‘Big Fit Walk‘ event.
Dates, details and joining instructions will be published here. Check back soon!
Student Wellbeing Advisor
Kirsty MacEwan is our Student Wellbeing Advisor. Kirsty support students across all of our campuses on a one-to-one, group or Cafe setting. In addition to the Gies-A-Break Wellbeing Cafe, Kirsty offers a range of Wellbeing workshops as well as leading the weekly ‘Walking for Health’ activities.
Time4U is our counselling service for students. Based on campus, Time4U provides an opportunity to take time out to talk to a qualified professional counsellor about any issue causing you concern. You will be listened to, will not be judged, will be helped to understand the way you feel and offered support to explore and find a way to move forward that works for you.
Appointments can be made through Student Advisory Services or direct with a Counsellor.
The direct-dial telephone numbers are:
- Clydebank – 0141 951 7456
- Greenock – 01475 553 151
- Paisley – 0141 587 3378
Sanctuary and Spiritual Care
The Sanctuary is a neutral space where students can take time out for contemplation, thought, peace and prayer. Any student is welcomes to use this space, whether they belong to a particular faith or not. Our Sanctuary and Spiritual Care Team can offer guidance and support as required.
If you are at risk of harm, or are concerned about another student who is at risk of harming themselves or others, and are unable to report this to a member of staff, contact the campus reception desk who will then be able to summon a member of the college safeguarding team. Alternatively, you can email the safeguarding team direct.
West College Scotland is a third party reporting centre for Hate Crime. A Hate Crime is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property that is motivated by a person’s hatred of someone because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.
First Aid and Defibrillator (AED)
If you come across an incident requiring first aid and are unable to immediately find a member of staff to report this to; the campus reception is able to summon a first-aider to the scene or contact the emergency services. A defibrillator (or AED) is located at our reception desks in Clydebank, Greenock, Greenock Waterfront and Paisley campuses.
Tel: 0300 600 60 60 (reception) or 999 in the event of an emergency requiring an ambulance