Making the most of the Freshers' Fair

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Making the most of the Freshers' Fair

18 December 2014

Students visiting stand

We welcomed our new students to Bracknell & Wokingham College in style with a popular Freshers’ Fair.

Students were able to enjoy freebies, quizzes, games, food and plenty of useful information.

The fair was an opportunity for our new students to find out all about college life, and what support and advice they can get from the college and from services in the local community.

Fadwa Mikhael, Quit Smoking Counsellor from Smokefreelife Berkshire, was a stallholder at the event and said:

“We want to promote our service to the students today so they can see that there is somewhere they can turn for help and support with attempting to stop smoking. I am on site at the college every Thursday 10:30-2:30pm ready to help anyone who wants to find out more information or would like to sign up.”

Alison Martyn is a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor for Guide Dogs. She attended the fair with some of her fellow colleagues and three guide dogs:

“We have been working with the college a great deal recently as the college has enrolled a student who is visually impaired and will be using a guide dog to help him get around the college.

We are here to raise awareness with the students about guide dogs and to give an understanding towards the special arrangements that have been made to accommodate the college’s new student.  We are also able to give them a chance to experience what it is like to be blind using a selection of ‘real life blindness glasses’. We want to answer any questions that the students may have about visual impairment or about what they should expect when seeing the guide dog around the college.”

Sam Ahmad, Sexual Health Youth Worker for Bracknell Forest, joined the fair with colleagues Kelly Walsh and Judy Galvin. She said:

“Most young people tend to talk and find out about sexual health from their friends, and unfortunately this is not always right. We want to ‘be there’ for young people to give them the facts and tools they need to make their own informed decisions. We are non-judgemental and hold a confidential clinic in the college every Tuesday and Friday for any students that have questions.”
NVQ Beauty Therapy student Courtney Pearce, is in her first week of college, and said:

“I’ve personally found this fair really helpful, I spoke to the person at the stall for quitting smoking - as I do smoke but would like to stop - and I also spoke with the person at the alcohol awareness stall. She gave me a thing that you put in your bottle on a night out to stop it from being spiked; I’m glad I was given this as I have experience of a friend of mine having her drink spiked while she was out.”

Jade Webb is also an NVQ Beauty Therapy student in her first week of college. Jade found the amount and wide variety of information an eye opening experience showing her just how much support is available locally:

“The alcohol awareness stall and also the safe driving stall were especially useful. I’ll be learning to drive soon and have been given leaflets and information that will definitely help me. “

Computer Aided Design (CAD) student, Darcy Price, is in his second year of the Level 2 CAD course. He said:

“I don’t actually come back to college until next week but wanted to come in to make use of the information available today. I already use some the services that are being promoted but it’s good to see what else is out there that might help me in some way. Everyone’s been really nice - I’ve spoken to the people on all of the stalls - and I’ve been given lots of information and freebies such as wristbands, pens and keyrings.”

For more information about what support, advice and info you can receive, visit our Student Services team located next to the Star Café, or visit the Advice & Support page.

You can find more photos from the fair on our Facebook page.

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