Our busy and vibrant Student Union is at the heart of college life

Run by the students for the students, we work hard to make sure you are represented at every level of your learner journey through focus groups, forums and regular meetings with the senior management team.

We also want to make sure you have a great college experience outside of the classroom so you will find a full and varied social calendar with a range of clubs, events, projects and activities. We welcome new ideas too, and pride ourselves on our events being student lead and initiated.

Freshers Fair 2020

Find information from local and national organisations with important advice, guidance and top tips for all our students starting at college this year!

  • Student Union
  • TOTUM - Student Card
  • Student Enrichment
  • East Sussex Sexual Health
  • Care for Carers 
  • Knife Safety
  • Water Safety

Follow our Social Platforms to see more! Videos, quizzes, and polls!

@PlumptonCollege @Plumpton_su on Instagram! 

Student Union

Student Union at Plumpton College

Our busy and vibrant Student Union is at the heart of college life. We work hard to make sure you are represented at every level of your learner journey through focus groups, forums and regular meetings with the senior management team.

Our elections happen yearly and nominations for our 20/21 team are now open!

With up to 6 positions available on our Students Union Leadership Team, we will be looking for students to fill our SU President role as well as a Vice President, Student Governor, Entertainment Officer, Further and Higher Education Officers plus other positions to be a Student Union Team Member.

See more on our positions available here

TOTUM - Student Card

Totum Student Card

  • TOTUM is the #1 student discount card and app giving you access to huge offers on food and essentials, tech, travel and home delivery. Plus fashion, beauty and a whole lot more. In-store and online, TOTUM puts all the best student coupons, vouchers and discounts right where you want them - in your pocket.
  • TOTUM offers a huge number of offers, discounts and benefits and more with a number of ways to access and enjoy them. Use your card in-store at the Co-op for 10% off, check out all our offers and coupons in app or get all the latest news, updates, offers and top giveaways on our website.
  • TOTUM is available with a PASS-accredited proof of age ID card, either for 16-17 year olds or 18+. This means you can prove you're under 18 and benefit from discount public transport, or that you're over 18 and do the things you can when you're over 18! You can keep your passport or driving licence safe at home.

Discounts at ASOS, River Island, Benefit, Dell/Pc World, EE, Samsung, Topshop and so many more! 

Student Enrichment

Student Enrichment

Our Student Enrichment Programme at Plumpton College is always full and exciting! We had a busy start to the year during our induction week, with a photo scavanger hunt, board games and video games, slime workshops and mandala chill drawing! 

Once the year gets going we will be promoting more student led clubs on-site for you to join. See below for more information on one of our most popular clubs 'Tabletop Gamers'.

Tabletop Gamers

Welcome to the plumpton college tabletop games club, we are excited to have a new group of fresh and experienced players at the virtual table this year.

Our goal is to try and welcome as many new players as possible to the world of tabletop role playing games such as dungeons and dragons, monster of the week, or even card games like yugiyoh or magic. This year, we are working hard to make the club as accessible and safe as possible. 

If you are interested at all in joining our group or have any questions please join our server and get to know our wonderful team of fellow students. We are very much looking forward to meeting you all and the characters you bring to the table.

East Sussex Sexual Health

East Sussex Sexual Health

Get support on:

  • Sexual Health, including information on tests, STI's and check ups
  • Safe sex advice and information, including condoms and contraception
  • Advice for parents and carers
  • Pregnancy advice
  • Sex, drugs and alcohol information
  • LGBT support

Find out more by visiting their website - www.eastsussexsexualhealth.co.uk

Care for Carers - Support and Guidance for Young Adult Carers

Care for Carers

Our team of staff and volunteers can provide free practical and emotional advice – face to face, by telephone, or online. We can put you in touch with other carers, and help you navigate the range of services available locally. 

We also run support groups, training and events across the county – whether you are interested in speaking up on important issues, or having some time out to relax or meet new people.

  • In the UK,one in eight adults are carers, that’s around 8.8 million people
  • It is estimated that by 2037, the number of unpaid carers in the UK will increase to 9 million
  • Each day, 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility
  • 5 million people in the UK are juggling caring responsibilities with work – that’s 1 in 7 of the workforce.
  • 58% of carers are women and 42% are men
  • Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer.

We provide a range of services to help carers, as well as give information and advice so that no one has to care alone.

You can request a call back to speak to a Carer Support Worker about the services, support and advice we can offer. You can arrange for us to call you back at a convenient time, including requesting that we call you in the evening if you are working during the day. Call us on 01323 738390, email us at info@cftc.org.uk, or text us on 07860 077300. 

Young Adult Carers 

YAC share their stories - www.cftc.org.uk/young-carers-lives

Kerryn cares for her mum and attends our monthly Young Adult Carers group. Kerryn explains how meeting other young carers helps her.

Seerche looks back on her experiences as a young carer caring for a parent in East Sussex, and what she has learned along the way.

Water Safety

Water Safety & Drowning Prevention

Drownings can happen quickly and without warning and can have a devastating impact. Although many people will survive they can be left with life-changing injuries. 

Enjoy being near the water but be aware of the risks

  •  If you are going out on your own, let someone know where you are going and when you are coming back.
  • Obey any warning or safety signs.
  • Look out for trip or slip hazards around water and stick to proper pathways.
  • Remember river banks and cliff edges may be unstable and give way.
  • Don’t fool around near water, especially if you have been drinking – look out for each other and raise the alarm if you see someone in trouble. 

Ice Water Challenge

What to do if someone falls into deep water 

Call for help – straight away. Call 999.

  • The emergency services will need to know where you are. Accurate information can save precious minutes. If you have a smartphone with location services or maps this can help. If not, look around for any landmarks or signs – for example, bridges may have numbers on them which can identify their location.
  • Don’t hang up – stay on the line but try and continue to help the person if you can.
  • When you have made the call shout for help from anyone who might be close by.
  • Human nature says you are likely to want to attempt to help while rescue services are on their way. Never enter the water to try to save someone. This usually ends up adding to the problem. If you go into the water you are likely to suffer from cold water shock which will leave you unable to help even if you are a strong swimmer.
  • Can the person help themselves? Shout to them ‘Swim to me’. The water can be disorientating and this can give them a focus. Keep any instructions short clear and loud. Don’t shout instructions using different words each time.
  • Look around for any lifesaving equipment there might be lifebelts or throw bags – use them.
  • If they are attached to a rope make sure you have secured or are holding the end of the rope so you can pull them in. If there is no lifesaving equipment look at what else you can use even an item such as a ball can help. 
  • If you manage to get the person out of the water they will always need medical attention – even if they seem fine. 

Drowning can occur at a later stage if water has already entered the lungs. 

See more information from the East Sussex Fire and Rescue website - www.esfrs.org/your-safety/water-safety-drowning-prevention

Knife Safety

Knife Safety #knifefree

When you carry a knife, you are risking everything. Prison, being a victim of crime and even ending up in hospital are all real risks. Beyond this, knife crime has devastating personal effects on you, your friends, and your family.

While some young people pick up a knife to feel safer, they don’t realise that carrying makes them more likely to get into serious danger. A knife can escalate things way out of your control, and make a bad situation much worse.

It might not always seem like it, but putting down the knife will make you safer and help you to reach your full potential. Don’t let prison or serious injury stop you achieving your goals.

Whether you carry a knife, are thinking about carrying, or are worried about someone you know getting involved with knives – there is help and support available. It can be a tough thing to do, but these resources can help anyone join the millions of young people who live knife free. See the support available here - www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support

Real Stories

Sean, Cameron and Meghan have bravely shared their stories. 

Sean, Cameron and Meghan have all made the decision to live knife free. They each had their own reasons for carrying and they each had a different inspiration for making a positive change. The one thing they all have in common is their lives are better knife free. See more Real Stories here - www.knifefree.co.uk/real-stories

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