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The world around you

We can provide advice and support to help you take care of yourself and improve your wellbeing, so that you can get the most out of your unique world.

Making the most of your world

The world around you can encompass many things, from your work life and your relationships, to your past-times and where you live. All of these things play central roles in supporting our wellbeing, but we’re also better placed to get the most out of them if we support and nurture our wellbeing too. That’s why it’s so important to take care of ourselves, and thankfully there are many ways to do this which we can help you with.

Improving your wellbeing

As well as counselling and therapy grants if you’re struggling to engage with the world around you due to challenges with your mental health, you can access our on-demand online wellbeing support to help you improve your mental, physical and financial wellbeing. There’s our free Wellbeing Hub packed with information, resources and guidance on common wellbeing issues, and our monthly webinars with expert speakers covering a range of important wellbeing topics. Take a look at our online wellbeing support here.

Managing neurodiversity

All our brains are different. But for those of us who are neurodiverse, our brains share certain characteristics in how we process and interpret the world. And sometimes, this can create difficulties with ‘fitting in’ with the neurotypical way of doing things, which can prevent us from reaching our full potential in work and in life.

If you’re a student on your first engineering course and you think you may be neurodivergent, you may be eligible for a fully funded, fast-tracked diagnosis through our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme. We can also provide funding for adult engineers to access a diagnosis too. Find out more on our Neurodiversity Support page.

Living with disability

Where you live can have a major impact on your wellbeing. So if you have a disability which makes it difficult for you to get the most out of your home, we can provide funding for adaptions or specialist equipment which will help make your life easier. Learn more about our disability support.

Ways we can help you...

Wellbeing support

  • Counselling grants
  • Wellbeing Hub
  • Monthly webinars

Neurodiversity support

  • Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme
  • Adult diagnosis funding

Care and disability support

  • Adaptions
  • Specialist equipment
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