At Compass we are acutely aware of how COVID-19 has had an impact on young people’s mental wellbeing.
As a Recovery College we’ve spent the last few months expanding and targeting our support for young people in Reading with amazing partnerships with Activate Learning and Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU).

Starting in September, our Recovery Workers attended Reading College’s Social Care and Early Years classes to hold workshops introducing the students to different aspects of mental health and well-being. Focusing on the needs of the class, Compass created and presented workshops each week to help the students understand their own mental health,
and in turn how they can use their own studies to help others.

Compass has also teamed up with Brighter Future For Children to bring their workshops to their new Young Persons’ Hub located in the town centre. Our Recovery Workers will be holding well-being sessions with young adults there to help them better understand their own mental health and help foster a positive environment for those who need it.

Beginning at the start of January, Compass is teaming up with RUSU to hold a Under 25’s Coffee & Chat within the university campus. Mental wellbeing among students is unfortunately at an all-time low due to the pandemic and we want to be there for support. Our Coffee & Chat sessions will give the students are a safe space to socialize and chat about their mental health.