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Health and Wellbeing

Support is available round-the-clock to ensure that you get the support you need to maintain your health and wellbeing throughout your studies.

Health and Wellbeing Advisor

Making your physical and emotional wellbeing our priority

We understand that maintaining the best physical and mental wellbeing is important in your journey to success and will help you to get the most out of your studies. That’s why we are constantly developing resources, training staff and staging activities to give you the very best opportunity to stay well.

Our Health and Wellbeing offer to all learners and apprentices includes:

Health and Wellbeing Officers

Our Student Services team include trained staff to support you with any health and wellbeing concerns or queries you may have. They are an ideal port of call to signpost you to resources in College and a wide range of support services within the community, with a number of these being accessible 24/7.

College Counsellor

We provide an on-site counselling service through a caring and approachable, fully-trained counsellor (by appointment only). This is an ideal opportunity to express your thoughts and emotions in a safe space and receive support in finding the tools to help you cope.

Emotional Wellbeing Support Officer

We have a specialist member of staff who liaises with external agencies in the community and nationally to ensure that all learners have access to the very latest information, support networks and services to maintain positive mental health.

Pastoral Mentors

Based across College, these mentors are here to support you in identifying and addressing any problems which may be impacting on your studies. They can advise and guide you on maintaining a healthy work-life balance and signpost you to additional resources which may help you.

Mental Health First-Aiders

Many members of staff across College have undergone specialist training to become Mental Health First Aiders with the skills and knowledge to identify some mental health issues and be able to react quickly and safely in the event of a crisis.

Enrichment Activities

We offer a wide range of activities to help learners make positive lifestyle choices; develop a healthy work-life balance and to increase their social circle where they can access peer support.

Gym Access

As a Healthy Workplace accredited site, we recognise the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind. That’s why we offer access to our on-site gym and fitness classes at a reduced rate to learners and staff alike. 

Health and Wellbeing Week

Our annual Health and Wellbeing Week provides a focus for our on-going activities and also provides access to workshops, seminars and forums offering practical tips, advice and guidance on how to stay well, both physically and emotionally.

Health and Wellbeing Innovator Group

We give learners the opportunity to guide the direction of our health and wellbeing provision and activities through a student-led innovator group. This group meets regularly to plan and discuss forthcoming activities and promotions.

Free healthy breakfast

We understand that a healthy breakfast can set you up for a successful day of study and offer, from 7.45am, toast or yogurt to help you start your day (time limits apply).

Operation Encompass

Burnley College is continuing to offer support and guidance to all learners by working in partnership with local services to form a multi-disciplinary team of support to learners and apprentices, who are considered to be vulnerable through the Encompass early intervention safeguarding partnership.

LGBTQ+ Support Groups

Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans Women (also including non-binary people) online group
People aged 18 upwards meets on Zoom every 2 weeks on Thursdays, alternating between afternoon and evening meets. There are occasional face-to-face meetups in Preston.

Go Out – Lancashire’s LGBTQ+ walking group (age 18+)
Medium length walks (5-7 miles), usually 3rd Saturday of the month excl December/January.
Contact Lancashire LGBT on 07788 295521 or email [email protected].
Find out more here.

Rainbow Cafe
For members of the LGBTQ+ community with disabilities. Somewhere to have a brew and a chat, make new friends, and learn new skills. Weekly drop in (Wednesday afternoon 1pm – 3pm) at the Geek Retreat, 50 – 54 Church St, Ewood, Blackburn BB1 5AL
Email [email protected] or telephone 01254 583957.
Find out more here.

Blackburn Work It Out LGBT Youth Group
C/o Brook Advisory Centre, 54-56 Darwen St, Blackburn, BB2 2BL. Age range 15-25 – divided into two age groups. For details of meeting days and times, please email [email protected].

Rainbow Youth Centre
A safe space for young people to go, free from bullying, free from name calling, free from the perceptions of other, no need to force themselves to be what other people expect.
Find out more here.


Burnley Rainbow Friendship group
LGBTQIA+ group for adults (18+). Meets Friday afternoons 3-5pm at ‘That 0282 Place’, upstairs at Burnley Central Library.
Find out more here.

POUT Burnley LGBT+ Young People’s Group (for ages 12-19)
Meets Thursday evenings. More information: [email protected], or call 07929 847448


LGBTeens group
Meets in Accrington at New Era complex. Further information: [email protected] or [email protected]
Find out more here.

LGBT (including non-binary) Young People are welcome to access the group run by Brook in Blackburn:
c/o Brook Advisory Centre, 54-56 Darwen St, Blackburn, BB2 2BL. For details of meeting days and times, contact Natasha on 07889 057520 or email [email protected]

Nelson (Pendle)

POUT Pendle LGBT+ Young People’s Group (for ages 12-19)
Meets on Thursday evenings. More information: [email protected] or call 07876 790731

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