Our Student Welfare team seeks to offer support to Cliff College’s diverse student body in whatever way is needed. They provide a listening ear and a confidential space to talk about whatever is on your mind.
Support in College
Ali Mackenzie is the Welfare Team Manager; her background as a counsellor, chaplain and spiritual director enables her to signpost for specific needs as well as accompany students, drawing on a range of tools and resources. Ali is available on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Carole Marsden, our Community Warden, has previously worked as a pastoral minister, mentor and chaplain and is available for pastoral and practical support as needed. Carole lives on-site with her family and works flexible hours, shaped by community life.
Both can be approached in person, via direct email or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Ali and Carole are there to support all Cliff College students, whether studying online or onsite.
As a College we provide access to TogetherAll, an online mental health and well-being resource, which is available to all our students and staff. It is available around the clock and offers a space to connect with others who may be struggling with similar issues. There is also a wide range of articles and courses available on all sorts of issues, from managing your sleep to dealing with anger or anxiety. It is a really great resource.
Cliff College's welfare team also facilitate more focused work on wellbeing related issues, enabling students to grow in understanding and insight in this area. Each semester there will be a series of weekly sessions looking at how to flourish. We will cover a range of topics from self-care, managing money and sleep hygiene, to managing boundaries, handling conflict, and improving communication skills. We will also look at building self-esteem and self-confidence as we explore what our sense of gifting and vocation might be. Together we will journey into a deeper understanding of how we can take good care of ourselves and flourish in the places God has planted us.
It is our hope that by spending time learning and engaging with these topics you will improve your sense of well-being and resilience.