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Protected Characteristics Update January 2014


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World Mental Health Day – Tea and Chat

‘A good cuppa and a chat can be really beneficial: just sharing your cares and hopes with someone can be great for your own wellbeing’.


On the 10th of October the Student Union organised a Tea and Talk event in the Student Common room, to help raise awareness of Mental Health. Both Students and staff enjoyed a cuppa with cake, in a nice relaxing atmosphere.


Black History Month

Doncaster College is celebrating Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech by asking staff and students to tweet their dreams.


Click here to read the full story.



Students Induct Students

Four existing Students from Health and Social, Childcare and Animal Care Courses showed a group of young people who have been offered places around the College and spoke about their experiences of College.


Emily Shaw, Youth Engagement Worker said that, "It was great for the young people to have an opportunity to speak to Students who had been on the course already; they were able to give their view of the course and their experiences, from one young person to another."



PCSO advises students at Doncaster College

Over the last eight weeks, a PCSO from Doncaster has been providing information to students in the common room at Doncaster College.


In order to help the students stay safe during the summer and provide information for those moving onto university or employment, PCSO Mark Artley gave a series of presentations on each Thursday from the beginning of May.


Read more at: http://www.southyorks.police.uk/news-syp/pcso-advises-students-doncaster-college#sthash.KkGTJ2mD.dpuf


Annual Report 2011/2012

Cross College Induction Survey 2012/13

Every year the college undertakes a cross college survey of the induction process which happens at the beginning of the academic year. These results help the College as a whole to evaluate their services, understanding what we are doing well and identifying areas for improvement.


Click here to view the full article about the survey responses.

Equal Opportunities Poster

Our annual Equal Opportunities Poster competition was another great success. The winning entry was designed by Mathew Hunter, a Carpentry and Joinery student.


Click here to view the final poster.

DCSU Gaming Club!

Like videogames? Whether you are a devoted gamer or a novice, the DCSU Gaming Club is the place to be! We're organising gaming get-togethers every Thursday 3pm-5pm in the common room, where members can play with next-gen consoles on large projector screens complete with surround sound for a truly awesome gaming experience.


Please contact michael.batty@don.ac.uk to register your interest.


20 Doncaster College Students have recently volunteered to be trained as CyberMentors.


CyberMentors are young people aged 11-17 who receive two days intensive face-to-face training from BeatBullying staff which gives them the skills and confidence to mentor offline and online. Once graduating they mentor, guide, and support other young people on issues of bullying, cyberbullying and wellbeing.


Click here to read the full story.

Barclays Money Skills Week 2013

Barclays Money Skills ‘weeks’ was held 22nd- 26th April 2013 at the Hub, it is a money management programme designed to strengthen further education students’ financial skills, knowledge and confidence, reduce their financial stress and increase their chances of achieving their financial goals.


The interactive week-long events cover themes such as budgeting, saving and spending, and were designed to be entertaining and informative. Activities are based on topics that interest students, such as food, fashion, family and independent living.


Students are given the opportunity to build crucial skills for the future and gain knowledge of personal financial issues and controlling their budget.


The week was very well attended with 170 Students taking part in the activities. Out of these Students; 67 were male and 103 were female.


Two Students commented:


Male, 16, "I didn’t know anything about the financial aspects and some of the consequences; my knowledge after the session has been increased knowledge about credit and debit cards."


Female, 17, "I am going to start spending more of my money of my ‘needs’ rather than my ‘wants."

Student College Conference 2013

The Student Union held their annual Student College Conference on the 23rd April 2013.


For this year’s conference the Union consulted with Students about the topics and aspects of their lives which they need support around to ease their transition into adulthood on which the workshops would focus on. The Students expressed an interest in building their knowledge of what they require to prepare themselves for University.


Each learner received a conference pack which information about what would be happening on the day and a brief description of the three particular workshops.


This year’s themes were: The Student Loan, Applying to University and the UCAS Process, and Student Accommodation. Staff from Sheffield Hallam University and York St Johns, and Doncaster College Staff delivered the workshops to Students.


The Conference was attended by 34 Students from across College. The evaluation below is based upon the views of the delegates.


Students were asked to give feedback throughout the day on the themes of the workshops. Candidates were also asked to give their views about individual workshops.


Student comments included:

  • I didn’t feel confident about applying to University, Now I know more about University and I am confident in what I need to do.
  • I now know a lot more information about Student Finance and the options that are available to me.
  • I had poor knowledge before the session and now after the session I had a lot more understanding of the University process.

Four met Ed Miliband

Four young people from Doncaster College had an excellent opportunity to meet the Leader of the Labour Party and put him on the spot.


In front of an invited audience at Scawsby Community Centre, Doncaster, Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North and Leader of the Opposition, was asked some good questions from the College students, about education and apprenticeships and support for students who want to start their own business.


Attending Doncaster College Apprentices Rosie Browning and Britt Jamison, and Business Diploma Level 3 students Amir Al-Rubai and Luke Dunstan, were given full responses by Mr. Miliband to their questions and encouragement for the future.


Click here to read the full story.


Jigsaw is a health organsiation who provide emotional and relationship based support. Jigsaw delivers regular workshops in College to a range of learners offering healthy relationships advice, sexual health awareness and substance misuse information.


For more information please contact Donna Robinson on 01302 558261


Jigsaw can also be found via their Facebook Page.


M25 are a housing project that provides information, advice and support to the most vulnerable. The Student Union has strong links to M25 and can refer and support students who are experiencing housing difficulties.


For more information please see Donna Robinson in the Student Union or contact Donna on 01302 558261.

JP Awarded

JP Heseltine, a volunteer on the Vol.Success programme, recieved an award from the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire. JP was nominated by Jo Holt, Vol.Success Co-ordinator, who said, "JP has been incredibly committed to volunteering and has supported Life Skills learners working on the Hub Diner. JP has experienced some challenging situations but his commitment to his education and development has remained steadfast."


JP was Highly Commeded by the High Sheriff.

Help Stop Bullying

We don't tolerate any kind of bullying in College. We know that reporting this kind of problem can be difficult so in addition to being able to talk to your Turos, Pastoral Support Worker, Student Union Worker or a College Counsellor, we have an online way of reporting any bullying issues or problems.


See our Help Stop Bullying page for more information.

South Yorkshire Police

The College works closely with South Yorkshire Police to make sure everyone at the College is safe.


South Yorkshire Police hold a monthly drop in service for any staff or students to come and speak directly to an Officer about any Police matter they wish.


The drop in is 2-3pm in S1810 on the last Thursday of every month.


To arrange to speak to an Officer outside of these times please contact a member of the Safeguarding Team.

International Women’s Day 8th March 2013

Each year the College marks this day dedicated to women in history who have raised the profile and presence of woman both nationally and internationally. International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over 100 years and is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and recognise the continued struggle for equality for women across the world.


Informative posters about inspirational women were displayed around The Hub.


The Student Union team held a coffee morning in partnership with Platform 51, a service for girls and women.


To get involved with planning for International Women's Day 2014, contact Donna Robinson in the Student Union.

Arts Award Group

Arts Award Group

"I am a student at Doncaster College and over the past couple of weeks I have being taking part in groupwork. Over the past couple of weeks I have learnt I have met four lovely and caring people who have also been through what I have being through."


Click here to read the rest of the comments from the student

Annual Report 2011/2012

Equality & Diversity Annual Report 2011/2012

Our 2011/2012 annual report is now available to read online.


Click here to read the full report

Student Union Events 2012/2013

Student Union Events 2012/2013

The list of Student Union Events for 2012/2013 is accessible via the link below.


Click here to view the events list

Info 4 Care Kids website

The new Info 4 Care Kids website helps looked after children and young people understand their rights and entitlements while they are in care. It includes first-hand experiences and presents animated information on key topics, such as health, education, changing placements, keeping in touch, identity and moving to independence

Doncaster Children's Rights Service drop-ins

Doncaster Children’s Rights Service in partnership with Doncaster College is pleased to announce a monthly drop in service for looked after young people and care leavers.


For dates, times and more information, download this document.

Design It, Make It

Creative sessions for care leavers at Doncaster College.


Come and have a go at visual art, drama, photography and film, working towards an Arts Award qualification. Professional artists will be in every session, bringing new skills and experiences to you.


All materials and refreshments are provided, and every sesssion is free!


Download the flyer 

Year 11 Transition 2012

Year 11 Transition 2012

Each year the Department of Welfare partners with DMBC Children in Care Education Team to offer looked after Year 11’s the chance to take part in a Forest School day. The Forest School day is part of the Year 11 transition programme, where young people in care are supported to access Further Education.


This year the focus was on building relationships and looking forward to the future.





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