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Student Welfare
and Support Services

Student Learning Mentors

We have two Student Learning Mentors at Bury College – David Mottershead and Nasreen Ashraf (pictured) - and their role is to
encourage and facilitate student representation and to support students.

Both are qualified youth workers with vast experience of working with young people and adults on a wide range of issues (emotional, financial, housing, bullying, drugs and alcohol etc.).

Throughout the year the Student Learning Mentors organise trips and events, and co-ordinate charity fundraising activities. There are plenty of opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular activities at Bury College – all of which will help you develop your confidence and organisational skills. For example, they can help you get involved with College committees and user groups and the Peer Mentoring Project.

You may meet the Student Learning Mentors in your Tutor Groups, where they often deliver workshops on a wide range of topics.

There is no need to make an appointment to see a Student Learning Mentor - just call into the SLM offices at the Woodbury or Millennium Centres.


Student Union

Bury College is affiliated to the National Union of Students and every student is automatically a member. NUS Democracy cards are available free of charge from the SLM offices and this card can be used to prove you are a student.


Peer Mentoring

Student Learning Mentors offer Peer Mentoring opportunities to students.

The Peer Mentoring scheme encourages students to get involved in training to develop skills to become peer mentors in Health Action.


Student Action Group

The Student Action Group is run by the students, for the students. The group promotes the student voice across College and promotes charity fundraising. The Student Action Group meets weekly and discusses issues which are affecting students within the College. If there is an issue which is causing problems, the Student Action Group meeting is the place to air it.

As a member of the Student Action Group you will benefit from becoming a Student Leader, actively participating in a wide range of College events and acting as a student ambassador for the College at open evenings.



Bury College offers a confidential counselling service. Counselling offers you the opportunity to explore any difficulties you may be having, any distress you may be experiencing or any dissatisfaction you may be feeling in your life. It can help you make the sort of changes you want to make, when you’re ready to make them.

Appointments are available Monday to Thursday – term time only.

To contact the counsellor –
Mobile – 07770 546 496
Phone – 0161 280 8481
(Please text as the phone maybe switched off when the counsellor is working with a student - all calls and texts will be returned as soon as possible.)

Alternatively you can complete a confidential green slip in Student Services.


The Buttle UK Quality Mark

Bury College has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark, a framework which was implemented to improve and accredit support for looked after children and care leavers in further and higher education.

By upholding the Quality Mark, Bury College has been recognised as an institution that raises aspirations among children and young people in and leaving care to help them access and succeed in college, university and beyond.

In addition, a dedicated member of Bury College staff is on hand to ensure that students are supported successfully with their application and enrolment and continue to succeed throughout their time with us.



External Agencies

Bury College has strong links with a variety of external organisations that can also offer help, advice and support to students. Some of these include:

YPAS (Young Persons Advisory Service) - a free and confidential service to young people requiring contraception and sexual health advice.

Early Break – Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service - specialist service in Bury, Rochdale and East Lancashire offering free counselling, advice and treatment for young people who have issues regarding drugs and alcohol.

ADAB (Asian Development Association of Bury) – a community organisation which aims to develop and implement initiatives that will improve and enhance the economic, educational, social, cultural and recreational needs of all the communities

NHS Health Trainers
Pennine Care Trust – Smoking Cessation Support
National Blood Service
Health & Leisure Centres

Many of these organisations visit College at key times throughout the year to offer information and advice sessions to students and we would be happy to assist students if they are interested in making contact with these agencies.


Useful Links


For more information contact us on:

0161 280 8421



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