Bath College takes to the hills for Off the Record with the Bath College Somer Valley Challenge

Students and staff of the new Bath College are getting their walking boots on to take to the hills on Wednesday 17th June to raise vital funds for local Bath and North East Somerset charity, Off the Record Bath.

The new Bath College (a merger of City of Bath College and Norton Radstock College) launched in April this year. To celebrate this union Staff and Students are taking up the challenge to make the journey between the two campuses on foot: as a social, a challenge, a fundraiser for a very worthy local cause and of course, a bit of fun!

On Wednesday 17th June, they will make the journey from Bath College City Centre to the Somer Valley Campus, covering a total of 11 miles, two large hills and the wonderful Bath Two Tunnels, giving staff and students from the two campuses a chance to meet each other, and take in the beautiful scenery along the way. They will start the day with tea and toast and a welcome party will greet them with refreshments at the finish line.

Scarlett Mosnier, Bath College Student Engagement Officer, who is supporting the students in this event, says:  “Having merged Norton Radstock College and City of Bath College we wanted to walk from one campus to the other as the path between the two is beautiful. We then realised it would be a great symbolic move to bring the two sites together as the new Bath College.

Off The Record is a great charity that has supported so many people, including lots of our students. We’re really excited to be fundraising for them.”

Around 30% of all adolescents report regularly (at least once a week) feeling low, sad, or down. That means right now, in B&NES, up to 10,000 young people are feeling low, sad or down about something in their lives.  Off the Record’s Counselling and Listening Support Service supported over 300 young people last year and the number of young people coming to use this service is rising.

Anyone aged 10-25 can access the service for free – they can be referred by a friend, a parent, GP, school nurse, or can refer themselves, by phoning: 01225312481, texting: 07753891745, emailing: or going to Bath Centre. Counselling is provided in in Bath, Midsomer Norton and Melksham.

Mental health lies at the heart of a young person’s social, educational, professional and personal development, but young people are particularly vulnerable to mental health problems.  Counselling is a clinically proven and cost effective intervention and yet Off the Record is the only provider of free, independent counselling and support services dedicated to young people in the area.

Lynda Williams, Off the Record Director, says: “We are delighted Bath College students have chosen to support Off the Record with this fantastic event. By raising vital funds and awareness of our services, they are helping to ensure that many more young people in Bath can access the help and support they need.”

Please show them your support by sponsoring them online here!

 Somer Valley Challenge poster



Notes for Editors:

Off the Record (registered charity 1072322) Off the Record B&NES provides free, independent, confidential Counselling and Listening Support Services for Children and Young People and Young Adults in Bath and North East Somerset.  The range of services include:

Counselling and Listening Support: A free, independent and confidential service for children and young people (aged 10-25 years). Outreach Listening Support in 8 Secondary Schools

Shout Out! Advocacy: Providing support and information and empowering young people living in care, care leavers, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and homeless young people

382 Project – Domestic Violence and Abuse: A safe place for children and young people (aged 11-18) to talk about experiences, work through feelings, ways of coping and moving forward with life

SPACE Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Service: A weekly peer-to-peer support group for LGBTQ young people and those questioning their sexuality (aged 13-21 years)

Young Parents Service Supporting under 19’s who are pregnant or are young parents with one to one support and information, advice and guidance on housing, education, health and parenting skills

Participation: Empowers children and young people to help design and improve the services they use or would like to use and discuss the issues and influence the decisions affecting them.


Information on the Bath College merger:

The new multi-campus Bath College marks the start of a new chapter of education for Bath and North East Somerset.

The ‘bigger and better’ college gives students more choice, greater opportunities and a wider range of facilities. The scale and influence of the new college, as well as its combined expertise, is expected to provide a real stimulus for economic growth.

Its focus will be work-ready skills to ensure students are able to meet the demands of the local labour market.

Bath College has been formed by the merger of City of Bath College and Norton Radstock College.

Bath College has the City Centre Campus in Avon Street, Bath, and the Somer Valley Campus in South Hill Park, Westfield.

Principal Matt Atkinson said: “We have created a bigger and better college as we’re committed to improving educational and employment outcomes for all our students.

“We provide education and training to meet the needs of the region and will continue to do all we can to support the growth of the local economy and prepare our students for the world of work.

“The merger allows the college, its staff and students to face the future from a position of strength.”

Bath College now provides vocational education and training for around 3,000 full-time students and more than 1,000 part-time students across a broad range of subjects.


For more information about the Bath College 2 Campus Challenge Event contact:

Scarlett Mosnier (Student Engagement Officer)

T: 01225 312 191



For more information about Off the Record contact:

Eleanor Bell (Fundraising Manager, Off the Record)

T: 01225312481  M:07958746927



Photo Opportunity: Participants will be setting off from Bath City Centre Campus at 10am and will arrive at Somer Valley Campus between 11:30am and 1pm.