Thousands of students attended Wellfest 2019 at Hartpury highlighting the variety of educational and support opportunities dedicated to the safety, health and wellbeing of young people.
Specialist organisations including the Samaritans, Gloucestershire Young Carers, Victim Support, Gloucester Street Pastors, Farming Friends and the LBGT Partnership were among more than 70 exhibitors offering advice and information.
The showpiece event at Hartpury University and Hartpury College included a wide range of workshops addressing issues surrounding student safety, drug and alcohol use, and positive mental health.
Alter Ego Creative Solutions performed an absorbing and thought-provoking play aimed at raising awareness around child criminal exploitation by drug-trafficking gangs.
Highlighting the importance of staying safe on the roads, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service demonstrated the expertise and effort required to extricate a passenger from a vehicle after a crash.
Lesley Worsfold, Vice-Principal (Resources) of Hartpury University and Hartpury College, said: “Wellfest is fantastic event and I look forward to it every year. We are extremely lucky that so many exhibitors join us to promote wellbeing, physical and mental health and personal safety of our university and college students.
“We know that starting a new course, moving away from home and meeting new people can be a daunting experience for some of our students, so it important that we make them aware of the help and support that is available to them.
“It supplements the wide range of services we offer students while they are studying at Hartpury, notably the Student Zone, which is a one-stop shop where students can find all the support they need in one place.”
Russell Marchant, Vice-Chancellor of Hartpury University and Principal of Hartpury College, added: “Wellfest builds on what we already do here at Hartpury, as our Ofsted Outstanding grade for our pastoral care and support for residential students bears testament.
“We run workshops on anti-bullying, drugs and alcohol awareness, sexual exploitation and much more, during term time.
“By inviting in other organisations for Wellfest, our students can access all the information and advice they need in one place on action-packed day, and they will know where they can turn to for help if they need it in the future.”