CAW Wellbeing activities

Health and Wellbeing at The College of Animal Welfare

At The College of Animal Welfare and CAW Business School, we put the mental and physical wellbeing of our students and staff first. We want to empower our community to look after their health and wellbeing, and give them the resources they need to gain help if they need it.

Whether you’re suffering from stress, problems with sleep, feeling low or unable to cope, or simply need someone to talk to - it's ok to reach out for help and support if you need it. There are so many people, organisations, services and resources out there to help us cope during difficult times. At CAW, we offer lots of additional mental health support that our community can access free of charge, which you can read more about here.

If one of our students or staff members encounters a personal situation which they need advice or help with, in the first instance we encourage them to reach out to their teacher, head of course or line manager, who will be able to signpost them to appropriate support. If students prefer not to speak to their tutor, they can find details of organisations on the student notice boards at all centres that they may contact for professional help, covering a wide range of situations.

A lady watering her brain like a garden, that then blooms.

Counselling services available to all students

A supportive conversation between two people

From time to time, we all struggle with problems at college, work or home, and need to talk to someone in confidence.

Whatever your situation, or what you need to talk about, counselling can help you to work through issues, give perspective and context to experiences and find ways of coping with and overcoming problems.

All our students and staff are able to access up to six free, confidential counselling sessions. Appointments are available face-to-face with Jill Dighton MBACP at Headland House or in her clinic in Grafham, Deborah Gould MBACP at Headland House or in St Netos, and with Mark Walsh at the Leeds centre or at the Satori Complementary Therapy Centre in Wakefield. Sessions are also available to all students by video conference, phone, FaceTime or similar.

All appointments must be made directly with Jill, Deborah and Mark. Please note the College is not made aware of any appointments made or the content of any session.

Jill Dighton - Tel: 07925 852 985 - Email:

Mark Walsh - Tel: 07905 611 591 - Email:

Deborah Gould - Tel: 07731 410959 - Email:

If you would prefer to find your own source of support you can find a list of  qualified counsellors or psychotherapists here.

CAW Peer Mentor Scheme

Here at CAW we understand that college can feel a little daunting, particularly during the pandemic. It may feel like it is a struggle to strike up friendships and settle into college life.

We want our students to make the most of their time with us. Not only do we aspire for our students to progress academically, but we also want to enable our students to develop as a person, nurture friendships and truly enjoy their time with us.

That’s why we set up the CAW Peer Mentor Scheme. This scheme offers students the chance to create connections with their peers and to share hints and tips for settling in at college.

Togetherall - mental wellbeing support for all staff and students

Togetherall mental health and wellbeing support

All our staff and students can access online mental health and wellbeing support through Together All (formerly Big White Wall). This service can be used at any time of the day or night, all year round.

Together All can help you get support, take control and feel better. The service enables members to get things off their chest in a safe, anonymous global community. You can access a library of self-care resources, including clinical tests, tips and guided group courses covering a range of topics. Trained professionals are online 24/7 to keep all members safe and provide extra support. Together All can help with adopting useful coping strategies and behaviours to help improve mental health and wellbeing. On Together All, people are totally anonymous to other members, and personal information is kept secure. The college is not informed of those who are signed up to Together All or activity on the service unless they are seriously concerned about safety whilst on campus.

Accessing Together All - Students
  1. Visit
  2. Click ‘Register’
  3. Select “I’m from a university or college”
  4. Enter your college email address (surname in lowercase + your six-digit VLE number + “”). Example: If you don’t already have access to this email account, follow next set of instructions (below).
  5. Log into your email to confirm your registration.
  6. 6. The Big White Wall website will then walk you through all of its’ features

Log into your Student email and Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is a free service provided by CAW for its’ students. It gives you all the software required for your studies (Word, PowerPoint, etc). It is available as a download or you can work on documents online through any of your devices as well as dedicated apps. Registration is easy, so what are you waiting for?

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your student email address (surname in lowercase + your six-digit VLE number + “”):
  4. Click ‘Next’
  5. Then select “Forgotten my password”

This will send an email to your personal email address that you typically use with CAW.

Follow the link contained within this email and set your new password Access your student email by visiting and signing in with your student email.

Fika - Mental fitness app available to all CAW students and staff

Fika, mental fitness app

Many of us can relate to the mental and emotional pendulums of every day life. We may be feeling great, like we’re firing on all cylinders one minute, then we may swing back towards the opposite direction and start to feel like we’re losing our way. If ever there were a more polarising time for us to feel aware of the highs and lows, it is now.

With our student and staff’s wellbeing being one of our top priorities, we set out to search of a way to offer our community an accessible, results driven means for our student and staff manage and future proof their mental fitness. Then we found Fika...

All our students and staff have access to the mental fitness app, Fika.

Fika is a remotely accessible mental fitness platform that is on a mission to mainstream mental fitness. It empowers individuals with guided mental skills development courses with proven benefits on mental wellbeing and performance.

Built from a robust evidence-base by an expert team. Fika draws on methods and theories of positive psychology as well as acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness to build Mental Fitness.

Fika spotlights 7 Skills of Mental Fitness: stress, positivity, motivation, meaning, focus, connection and confidence. Fika offers you a variety of ways to engage with the platform:

  • Target key areas – You are able to take a quick, easy assessment to allow them to discover their individual key areas of strengths and weaknesses. From there, you can target areas you may want to improve on using the in app courses.
  • Daily videos – Fika streams on demand, regular ‘Thought of the Day’ 90s videos, sharing a focused positive reflection or action to inspire you to Fika daily.
  • Monthly skills focus and master classes – All students and staff are invited to join our national monthly webinar series, dedicated to a new mental fitness skill each month. 
  • Vibrant online community – Be part of a lively community to share powerful ways to help keep your mental fitness in tip top condition  

How do you Fika?  

It couldn’t be easier to weave Fika into your daily routine and take the opportunity to power up your mental fitness. Both staff and students will need to use their email address to register and gain access to Fika.

For students...
  1. If you haven’t already, log into your CAW email
  2. Student email addresses are all set as the student’s surname followed by your six digit Moodle number, eg:
  3. URL:
  4. Download and install the ‘Fika Mental Fitness’ app from your Android or Apple device (device requirements).
  5. Confirm you are over 16 and then search for the organisation; “The College of Animal Welfare”.
  6. Enter your college email address and create a password. Within a few minutes, you will then be sent an email with a confirmation link. Once confirmed the app will re-open, loading an informational video.
  7. Enjoy!
For staff...
  1. Download and install the ‘Fika Mental Fitness’ app from your Android or Apple device (device requirements).
  2. Confirm you are over 16 and then search for the organisation; “The College of Animal Welfare”.
  3. Enter your college email address and create a password. Within a few minutes, you will then be sent an email with a confirmation link. Once confirmed the app will re-open, loading an informational video.
  4. Enjoy!

Living Well

Two people working on their physical and mental wellbeing

At The College of Animal Welfare, we make sure our students and staff have access to the most useful and up-to-date guidance and advice about their physical and mental wellbeing. All members of our community can access a hub of health and wellness information via the "Living Well" section of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This area includes:

  • A "Living Well" course - this course looks at the little tweaks or changes you can make to your lifestyle, which can make a real difference to your health and happiness
  • Resources on mental wellbeing, eating well and getting active
  • Information, advice and guidance on sexual health
  • Health and safety information for students, employers and practices


Do you want to speak with somebody about a safeguarding issue? If so, please contact one of the Safeguarding Officers.

Safeguarding contact number: 01480 422070


Wigan Centre

  • Barbara Cooper -
  • Kim James -

Huntingdon Centre

  • Barbara Cooper -
  • Kim James -
  • Mel Young -
  • Deborah Gould

North London Centre

  • Claire Defries -

Distance Learners and Work-based Learners

  • Barbara Cooper -
  • Kim James -

The Safeguarding Officers have responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about students and for putting into place procedures to safeguard students at the College.

Keeping Safe Online Resources

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy – COVID-19 Arrangements


Additional Resources

Various resources

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