You’re never alone at Walsall College. There’s always someone to turn to if you need advice.

Safeguarding

We’re passionate about safeguarding our students. Safeguarding at Walsall College is everyone’s business, and we will do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe.

If you are worried about yourself or another person being affected by bullying; cyber bullying; anxiety or depression; self-harming; discrimination; substance abuse; homelessness; radicalisation; sexual exploitation; emotional or mental wellbeing please call reception on 01922 657000 or email safeguardingteam@walsallcollege.ac.uk.

Counselling

Talking to someone is often the first stage of feeling better, so if you’re having a tough time, don’t forget that we have a trained counsellor who can help you.

To make a booking, call the counsellor directly on 01922 657000. You can also book at reception, speak to your tutor or email Melanie Jones at melaniejones@walsallcollege.ac.uk or Lyndsey Shuker at lshuker@walsallcollege.ac.uk.

There’s also a team of staff based in the SU office, who are on hand to provide you with practical help and support.

Please see below details of local services that can be accessed outside the college and across the local area.

The college has been working with Black Country Food Bank and The Trussell Trust to support students (and their families) who may need their services.

Download a list of foodbank locations and contact information.

Black Country Foodbanks

Trussell Trust Foodbanks

The latest government advice on mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19 is available here. The organisations below also provide advice and support:

  • Papyrus UK

Work with people under 35 who are having suicidal feelings and with people who are worried about someone under 35

Helpline is open 10am until 10pm during the week

2pm and 10pm weekends and bank holidays

Telephone 0800 068 41 41

www.papyrus-uk.org

 

  • Shout

Shout text service – text Shout to 85258 to connect to a trained person to help you – 24 hours a day

See www.giveusashout.org for more information

https://www.crisistextline.uk/

 

  • KOOTH

https://www.kooth.com/

https://www.kooth.com/urgent-support

 

  • Young Minds

https://youngminds.org.uk/

 

 

Local Authority Mental Health Support Links

 

  • Walsall Mental Health Information Hub

www.rethink.org

https://www.rethink.org/media/2810/information-hub-v4.pdf

 

  • Walsall Talking Therapies Service supports people with depression and anxiety symptoms who are over the age of 17 and registered with a Walsall GP

Self-refer by phone 0800 953 0995 or via an online referral form

 

  • Black Country Women’s Aid

Telephone 0121 553 0090

www.blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

 

  • The Willow Project, Black Country Women’s Aid – supports women who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in the Black Country

willowproject@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

 

  • Birmingham Mental Health Support (Birmingham and Solihull)

https://birminghammind.org/

Telephone 0121 262 3555

 

  • Birmingham Healthy Minds

https://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/our-services/birmingham-healthy-minds/

 

  • Forward Thinking Birmingham

https://www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/

 

  • Wolverhampton Mental Health Information

https://wolverhamptonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/mental-health-services

24/7 helpline 0800 008 6516 option 1 for Sandwell or Wolverhampton and option 2 for Dudley or Walsall

 

 

https://go.walsall.gov.uk/housing/finding_a_home/contact_us

email housingandwelfaresupport@walsall.gov.uk

Telephone 01922 652250

Out of hours emergencies 01922 650000

 

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50094/housing_options/1196/i_need_accommodation_now

 

Youth Hub link

Advice 0121 30307410

Over 18 Out of Hours Duty Team 0121 303 2296

Under 18 Emergency Duty Team 0121 675 4806

https://www.homeless.org.uk/homeless-england/service/wolverhampton-city-council-housing-options

homeless.services@wolverhampton.gov.uk

01902 554747/01902 554741

Daily drop in 9am-12.30am or contact for an appointment www.facebook.com/homelesspreventionteam

 

https://www.homeless.org.uk/homeless-england/search-near-me?distance[postal_code]=WS11%201BG&distance[search_distance]=5&distance[search_units]=mile&items_per_page=25

  • Cannock Chase Council Housing Options Team

Out of hours emergencies 01543 462621

https://www.staffordshireconnects.info/kb5/staffordshire/directory/results.page?adultchannel=7-1

Staffordshire Connects – housing support

 

  • Walsall Local Authority – Children and Adults - safeguarding

https://go.walsall.gov.uk/children_and_young_people

https://go.walsall.gov.uk/wlscb - Walsall Safeguarding Partnership

https://go.walsall.gov.uk/adult_safeguarding

https://go.walsall.gov.uk/wlscb/Report-a-concern/For-a-child#:~:text=If%20you%20suspect%20that%20a,Safeguarding%20Hub%3A%200300%20555%202866

 

  • Children and Young People

Office hour – Monday to Thursday 8-45am until 5.15pm and Friday 8.45am to 445pm call Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub 0300 555 2866

Out of hours – evening, weekends and bank holidays, Emergency Response Team Telephone 0300 555 2922

Adults

Office Hours – Monday to Thursday 8.45am until 5.15pm, Friday 8.45am to 44.5pm – 0300 555 2922

Adult Social Care Emergency Duty Team 0300555 2922

 

  • Birmingham City County – Children and Adults – safeguarding

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20019/children_young_people_and_families

Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm Friday 8.45am to 4.15pm – telephone 0121 303 1888

Emergency out of hours 0121 675 4806

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20018/adult_social_care

CSAdultSocialCare@birmingham.gov.uk

Telephone 0121 303 1234

 

  • Wolverhampton Safeguarding Service

http://win.wolverhampton.gov.uk/kb5/wolverhampton/directory/service.page?id=VEWxSXq-AcU#:~:text=Useful%20contact%20numbers%3A,an%20emergency%2C%20please%20dial%20999

 

Telephone 01902 5555392 – children and young people

Telephone 01902 551199 – adults

Out of office 01902 552999

 

  • Staffordshire County Council

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Care-for-children-and-families/homepage.aspx

Telephone 0800 131 3126 – First Response