Student Wellbeing Advisor

Kirsty MacEwan - Student Wellbeing Advisor

Kirsty MacEwan
Student Wellbeing Advisor
Kirsty.MacEwan@wcs.ac.uk


Hello, I’m Kirsty, one of the Student Wellbeing Advisors. From May 2021, Lynsey Weir will be joining me as a fellow Student Wellbeing Advisor.

Whether it’s an informal chat, advice or help to access other services, both Lynsey and I offer a friendly ear to listen, guide and support you and your wellbeing.

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Below are some of the ways we can support you.

Helping Hands: one-to-one advice

Helping Hands is a one-to-one service that gives you the opportunity to have an informal chat and seek advice. I offer this service by phone or Microsoft Teams each Wednesday. Use the booking link to chose a date and time that suits you.

Click here to book an appointment now – when you book, you’ll book by campus but remember this is a phone or Microsoft Teams based support service. Do not come into campus for your appointment.

Wellbeing Workshops: small groups

Throughout the year, I’ll be offering a range of themed workshops for groups of up to 10 students at a time. Some of the workshops will be offered online using Microsoft Teams; some will be offered on-campus in a space that allows for social distancing and for current government guidelines to be adhered to. Each workshop lasts approximately 1-hour. The themes and frequency of workshops change depending on the needs of students. Examples of themed workshops include:  

  • Mindfulness
  • Resilience
  • Stress Busters
  • Money worries
  • “If only I had More Time”
  • “Getting things into Perspective”
  • “Be Good to Yourself”
  • “Celebrate”
  • “What Next?”

Click here to see a list of upcoming wellbeing workshops and to reserve your place

COVID-19: Services to support Your Health & Wellbeing

Click here to see the latest information

Gies-a-Break Café Conversations 

The Gies-a-Break Café Conversations have been a hugely successful part of the Student Wellbeing Service over the past few years. Many students have participated and gained the confidence to speak to others in a relaxed and informal environment whilst enjoying a light lunch and a cuppa. However, in these strange times, the café needs to be rested and efforts focussed on other ways of supporting you and your wellbeing.  

SilverCloud, Shout and other services

I can introduce you to our SilverCloud wellbeing support platform. SilverCloud is free to all West College Scotland students and is available 24/7.

If you need out-of-hours advice and support with issues such as abuse, anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you’re feeling overwhelmed and are unable to wait to speak to me or one of our Counsellors, you can access any of the following services:

Safeguarding 

I am also a member of the safeguarding team for students. If you’re worried about your wellbeing and feel you are at risk of harm or harming others, or you’re worried about the wellbeing of another student, you can speak to me. If there are no appointments available today, please email safeguarding@wcs.ac.uk and me or another safeguarding team member will contact you.  

Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Read our Student Health and Wellbeing Strategy

 

Student Wellbeing Advisor