Funding for Mental Health in Colleges AY21-22

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Dear Edinburgh College,

Under Freedom of Information Scotland, I wish to receive the following information within 20 working days:

1. Please provide details of the amount of additional funding allocated to you by Scottish Funding Council for Mental Health in Colleges for AY 21-22. For the avoidance of doubt, I am referring to the funding provided which was supplementary to the college’s core funds.
2. Please advise what proportion of these funds will be spent or is proposed to be spent on Support Staff/Lecturing Staff/Students. Please provide separate figures for each.
3. Please advise how the additional funds will be spent or are proposed to be spent on each separate group.
4. Please advise whether the recognised trade unions were consulted before submission of the document or on any subsequent decisions taken?

Yours faithfully,

John Gallacher

Edinburgh College Freedom of Information, Edinburgh College

Dear John Gallacher

 

Our Ref: 025/21

 

We are in receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 dated 08 October 2021 and will respond by
05 November 2021.   

 

Kind regards

FOI Team

 

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Edinburgh College Freedom of Information, Edinburgh College

Dear John Gallacher

 

Our Ref: 025/21

 

As of 1 October 2012, Edinburgh’s Telford College, Jewel & Esk College and
Stevenson College merged to create a single college called Edinburgh
College.

 

We refer to your request for information dated 08 October 2021. The
College has considered your request as a request for information under
section 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“FOISA”).

 

025/21 (1): Please provide details of the amount of additional funding
allocated to you by Scottish Funding Council for Mental Health in Colleges
for AY 21-22.  For the avoidance of doubt, I am referring to the funding
provided which was supplementary to the college’s core funds.  

 

£476,833

 

Please note, this information is publicly available on the SFC website:
[1]http://www.sfc.ac.uk/web/FILES/announcem...

 

025/21 (2): Please advise what proportion of these funds will be spent or
is proposed to be spent on Support Staff/Lecturing Staff/Students.  Please
provide separate figures for each.

 

The funding has not been split into these categories and the College is
unable to provide the information as requested.

 

Edinburgh College is planning to use this funding to support mental health
and wellbeing developments across the student and staff bodies. The
College will pilot face-to-face and online support resources and will
build capacity through training and peer support initiatives. The College
has identified groups of students who require the most support with their
wellbeing and has tailored posts accordingly.

 

The developments will aim:

 

o To develop a range of resources
o To develop course tutorials
o To develop Apps and online solutions to support staff and students
o To increase staff training opportunities and capacity
o To increase support for students
o To increase support for staff
o To increase skills and knowledge through workforce development

 

Mental health and wellbeing developments:

Professional supervision for Wellbeing staff

Support for mental health agreement

Training for Student Association and Class reps

Silvercloud resources, modules and online support

Nightline

Rape Crisis

Penumbra

Feeling Good App

CORE Systems and evaluation

 

 

Please note, the majority of the funding will be spent on recruiting
Wellbeing staff (as detailed below) to support both staff and students:

Mental Health Coordinator (staff)

Mental Health Coordinator (students)

Wellbeing Development Tutor (Peer Support)

Wellbeing Development Tutor (16- 19 year olds)

Student Advisor (Wellbeing Care Experienced, Estranged and Unaccompanied
young people)

Student Advisor (Wellbeing and student accommodation)

Learning Support Advisor (Mental Health and Wellbeing )

Wellbeing Coordinator (Widening Participation)

 

025/21 (3): Please advise how the additional funds will be spent or are
proposed to be spent on each separate group.

 

Please see response to 025/21 (2)

 

025/21 (4): Please advise whether the recognised trade unions were
consulted before submission of the document or on any subsequent decisions
taken?

 

Unison were consulted regarding the Wellbeing Development Tutor
appointments.

 

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Edinburgh

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