Buddy

Buddies are volunteers who support students to get to college. This might include going to meet someone at home and travelling to courses together; attending courses with someone. During registration and when we first meet students, we ask them about any physical, mental or learning disabilities, and other support needs they may have. We identify which students might benefit from a buddy and then match the buddy with the student. We offer support and supervision and pay expenses to buddies. We hope this means the college can be as accessible as possible to all students whatever their needs.

Reflections on being a buddy

"I’m so glad that last year I became a buddy volunteer. I was introduced to a prospective student at his home, where I spent time getting to know him. This person had low self-esteem and had not been able to attend previous classes because of this. I understood his concerns as I am similar to him.
 
On the first day of our class, I sat next to him and we did group work as a pair. Throughout the class and at break time I gave him support and encouragement. I think that my presence there for him made a difference. Over the weeks I noticed that he was slowly coming out of his shell and he engaged with group participation. I saw his confidence grow.
 
It was rewarding to see him blossom; to see him get so much from the recovery college classes. I definitely get joy from helping people; it is in giving that you receive."

Sandra Reakes, Volunteer buddy

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Questions about a Course?

If you have any questions about courses what should you do?

On this site we have a list of Peer Trainers and their contact details. it would be best to contact them or you could contact the office and one f our admin staff could hopefully answer your questions.

A lot of the information about the courses are in the prospectus or on this site. For other more general questions there is our Frequently asked Questions which is on our main menu bar above

Popular Courses

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  • Coping with Bipolar, This course will cover coping with Bipolar using a range of skills including mood monitoring, identifying triggers and stressors in your own illness.Find out more
  • Coping Strategies and Problem Solving, This course aims to give people skills to manage problems and cope with situations in a more effective way. Find out more
  • Discharge to Recovery, Students will have the opportunity to share their feelings and gain group support about discharge from hospital, a chance to share what has been helpful with there recovery and an increased awareness of where to gain information about community resources available to them.Find out more
  • A Guide to Planning your Recovery, Each week will focus on a different topic, including some theory, helpful tools and advice, and a variety of practical or creative activities such as mindfulness meditation, making a well-being collage. Situated in a Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings.Find out more

 

 

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  • Happiness, Through fun topics and engaging activities you can explore the ten keys to happier living and learn new practical ways that can increase our overall levels of happiness. This course is available in both Eastbourne and Hastings.Find out more
  • Increasing your self esteem and being more confident, This course will involve exploring what esteem is, where it comes from and what maintains our low self esteem. We will explore various ways we may be able to improve our self esteem. Find out more
  • Navigating Mental Health Services, Have you ever wondered how mental health services actually work locally? Or what treatments might be available to meet your needs and what all those acronyms mean? Find out more
  • Managing depression, This course will examine treatments such as CBT, talking therapies, coping strategies such as self help techniques, creativity, nutrition, sleep, relapse prevention and relationship issues.Find out more

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  • Poetry for Recovery, You will be able to share personal experiences and relationships with other class members through reading, writing and creative skills. Weekly exercises using sounds, words, pictures collage and movement create the poetry or prose in the class.Find out more
  • Understanding Psychosis,This course helps you to make sense of and cope with psychotic symptoms. It explores the causes of psychosis and wht helps It is delivered by a psychiatrist, psychologist and peer trainer.Find out more
  • Returning to learning, This course will cover researching, note taking, reading and writing skills, planning your study, time management, and presentations, along with learning styles, and dealing with exams.Find out more
  • Wellbeing in the wild, This course offers opportunities for students to learn practical woodcraft and other creative woodland activities.Find out more