UKSA Welfare Officer
Our dedicated welfare officer provides an emotional and pastoral base support for our students. Your well-being is a top priority for us, and we want you to enjoy your time training at UKSA and achieve your true potential.
Our specially trained welfare officer is here as a support to our students and offers a safe and confidential space for students to share any issues that they may be experiencing. Conversations are completely private and do not have to be around course-based issues. Self-referral can be made by any student at any point during their UKSA training journey.
Students and parents can speak to the UKSA’s welfare officer, Kim Fry, during our office hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. If you feel you are struggling in anyway, please don’t feel like you are alone, we are here to help. Talk to us!
You may wish to refer to the ‘Mental Health First Aid England’s’ Address Your Stress campaign:
or Young Minds:
Our welfare officer also acts as another point of contact for parents whose children are staying with us. Our teams work closely together, and we are here to answer any questions you may have about our programmes, facilities and pastoral care.
Our welfare officer, Kim Fry, is additionally part of UKSA’s Safeguarding Team and is one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads here on site.
Why not try developing a WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Based 0n common sense and experience, a WRAP moves from your wellbeing being managed, to you self-managing. It is made up of the following steps:
- Daily Maintenance Plan – The things you need to do every day to maintain your wellness (e.g. eat, sleep, exercise, connect with others, generally look after yourself).
- My Wellness Toolbox – What you can do to help yourself stay well or feel better when you are not feeling great (e.g. read a good book, go for a walk, practise mindfulness or make a playlist of your favourite music)
- Triggers – These are the external events or circumstances that if they happen, can make you feel distressed (it helps to know what these are).
- Early Warning Signs – These are the subtle signs of change that indicate you may need to take further action (start to take note of your stress signatures, for example headaches, irritability, isolating yourself from others).
When things are breaking down: In spite of your best efforts, your distress may become uncomfortable, serious or dangerous. BUT you can still take action on your own behalf. This is your plan that will help reduce your distress when it has got to this point. It is quite directive, with fewer choices and some very clear instructions for yourself. If you feel you are struggling please don’t feel like you are alone, we really are here to help.
Students and parents can speak to UKSA’s welfare officer, Kim Fry, during our office hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Kim Fry’s contact details are as follows:
- Email [email protected]
- Text/call: 07970 815229 / 01983 294941 (extension: 249)
The reception team can also contact the welfare officer for you and are happy to help with any queries you may have.
If I was to advise anybody considering taking the Cadetship, I would say that if you’re unsure, just come and visit UKSA as there’s a real community vibe here. The Cadetship will give you more opportunities and open more doors than you could ever imagine.”
Melissa Ramm – Deckhand/SY Cadetship