We have a dedicated team supporting students with their emotional and physical wellbeing. Through one-to-one sessions, confidential advice and group activities, we aim to create a happy, healthy environment.

Mental health

We have full-time qualified advisers dedicated to offering students and staff advice and support on mental health issues. Appointments can be made through Student Services or by contacting the mental health advisers directly. For Truro campus, email Sarah Hodder at sarahhodder@truro-penwith.ac.uk. For Penwith, contact Suzanne Mansfield at suzannem@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

Counselling support

Some students, whilst studying, may experience emotional and personal issues that need to be shared with a qualified counsellor. We offer a professional counselling service for students to help you explore situations causing concern. Contact Student Services for more information, or email:

Personal support

If there are any issues that you need advice on or support with, such as anxiety, relationships or drugs and alcohol, you can see a personal adviser trained in welfare support. They can also advise on benefits and other matters. For more information, contact Student Services.

Additional services

At Truro and Penwith College we work with a range of external organisations in order to support staff and students with a wide range of difficulties, issues and barriers that may present themselves during your studies. 

Drop-in sessions as well as group and one-to-one appointments can be made to support with:

  • LGBTQ issues;
  • young carers;
  • children in care;
  • care leavers;
  • Find Your Way Cornwall (housing, finances, benefits and more);
  • YZUP (drugs and alcohol support) and Addaction (support with addiction);
  • Penhaligon’s Friends (bereavement counselling);
  • CAMHS and CMHT (mental health support);
  • sexual health (Truro College Clinics, Brook, WCH, HUB Treliske, Willow Centre, CRASAC).

Contact Student Services for further information.

Health, wellbeing and sport

Truro and Penwith College is committed to providing diverse and fully inclusive recreational activities alongside the Sports Academy provision for every single student. We are passionate about offering a whole range of activities that will slot perfectly into students’ timetables and ultimately help them achieve their academic and personal goals. Our promise is to make promoting health and wellbeing throughout campus our priority.

We run an exclusive range of activities, which include drop-in lunchtime sessions that are available for students to pop into and relax and socialise with friends. Other opportunities include attending exercise classes, getting motivated at the gym before lectures or catching the female-only swim and fitness classes.

Sports Maker and Activators

The Truro and Penwith College Sports Maker oversees a team of Activators who ensure the deliverance of the national award-winning Health, Wellbeing and Sports programme and focus on motivating and engaging students.

This outstanding programme has been developed through consultation with Sport England, Association of Colleges Sport, College Student Council, Cornwall Sports Partnership and many national governing bodies for sport.

Find details about all activities and events on Facebook and Twitter.

Specialist support

The Foundation Studies department specialises in the areas of profound and multiple learning difficulties, autism, severe and moderate learning difficulties, sensory processing and working with disengaged learners. We treat every student as unique, ensuring they receive the highest standard of education.

Our range of courses will help you to gain skills for personal progression – whether it’s accessing mainstream education or developing independent living skills. Call 01872 267000 to find out more information about Specialist Support.

From the course

Ed Andrews

At the time of working towards his top grades, Ed was undergoing significant educational, social and health challenges through trans-gendering. Additionally, he worked hard with College support staff to overcome his dyslexia and demonstrated “relentless determination” in his quest to be the first member of his family to attend university.

Outside of the College, Ed was determined to increase understanding of gender issues by running campaigns through social media and engagement with Truro’s LGBT group. Throughout this difficult time, he continued to undertake voluntary work by teaching martial arts to primary-aged children.

Despite narrowly missing out on the top award on the night, Edward said he was, “really happy to get this far in the competition and to have the opportunity to be considered for the award”.

Edward said that, “Truro College were brilliant, they were accepting and changed my name right away and made my life a whole lot easier.”

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