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College to offer support to estranged family students.

West College Scotland has become the UK's first college to take a pledge to support students who become estranged from their family during their studies.

Charity Stand Alone aims to support the one in five people who become estranged or disowned from their family or a key family member.

Research shows that students in this position are three times more likely to drop out of education due to pressure, stress and isolation.

The Stand Alone Pledge is an initiative to promote greater awareness and support for estranged students in education.

Audrey Cumberford, Principal of West College Scotland, said:"At West College Scotland, we are committed to continuously supporting our students achieve their potential and improving the student journey. By taking the Stand Alone Pledge, we renew that commitment to our estranged students.

"We are delighted to be the first college in the UK to take the pledge and look forward to working with Stand Alone and our colleagues across the further and higher education sectors to continue to break down barriers to education for our students."

If you know someone who has been disowned from their family or one family member you can contact Stand Alone via their website www.standalone.org.uk/.

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 12, 2018
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