Many sites across R.E.A.L. took part in events to celebrate World Mental Health Day this month, from getting creative at Sandhills by making a tree of positivity board to RIS Hinckley raising £50 for the charity, Mind, by selling homemade cupcakes.

The team at Square One, R.E.A.L.’s Referral and Intervention team, hosted a ‘Chips and Chat’ event to give learners a chance to talk about their mental health and see how we can support them. 

Sarah D’sa, Hub Manager at Square One said: “This was a lovely, low pressure occasion for our learners to chat to us and see we are all supportive and aware of mental health. We spoke about the different ways we all deal with our anxieties. Plus, it was a brilliant reason for chip butties!”

There are five members of the Referral and Intervention team at Square One, not forgetting their on-site dog Weechi. 

Sarah said: “Square One prides itself on being a welcoming and supportive environment for those new learners who are just beginning their academic journey with R.E.A.L.

“The team complete a range of assessments to collate the learners’ baseline data when they join R.E.A.L., so that the Learning Manager can ensure learners are on the correct pathway. It also gives learners a bespoke timetable that includes vocational subjects they may have expressed an interest in.”

As well as 1-2-1 provision, Square One also offers a wide range of group teaching including BTEC Business Studies, AIM Awards including Horticulture, Independent Living and Food Skills. To find out more, please email or call 01158 220400.