What is coaching?

Here at the Students' Union, we know that sometimes you just need a helping hand. That's why we have developed our new peer support and coaching programme to help you develop skills and make decisions to help you achieve your goals. All our support is free, friendly and confidential so if you've got something you want to talk about, we can help.

What is coaching?

Coaching is an effective way to develop confidence, set targets, solve problems and make decisions that help you achieve your goals. The idea is that the person being coached develops the skills to be in control and facilitate change themselves. That is not to say that you should never ask for help, but coaching is a way of receiving support whilst taking responsibility for your own success.

At the Students Union, we want to work with you to support you in achieving your goals and finding solutions to your problems. With this in mind, we will now be offering coaching sessions either by appointment or on a drop-in basis.

What sort of issues could coaching help me with?

Coaching can help with a wide variety of issues. For example, you might be struggling with feelings of homesickness, lacking in confidence, finding it hard to keep up your attendance or having difficulties with your housemates, to name but a few. Everyone’s issues are going to be different, but if you want to develop the skills to manage the issues that are making your life more tricky, then coaching is for you.

What if I don’t really know what the issues are, I just know I’m not coping very well?

That’s fine, that’s what we are here for. It may be that coaching is not what you need, but we are happy to sit down and have a chat and help you work out the best way forward. We can help you in accessing appropriate support and we can signpost you to lots of other helpful services, if you decide that coaching is not an option.

What if I need more than one coaching session?

The Students Union recognises that everyone’s experiences of uni life will not be the same and we all deal with things in our own way. Some people will only need one coaching session to get things sorted, however others will need a bit more support. Our approach to coaching is really flexible, so don’t worry, we can come up with a plan that suits each individuals needs. 

Coaching sounds like a great idea, but I don’t think I need coaching myself...

Come to the Students Union and find out more about peer coaching! We are currently looking to develop some students to become peer coaches who will facilitate coaching sessions with peers with the support of Gemma Doherty, our Student Coach and Peer Support Senior Officer. 

Full training would be given and this is a great opportunity to help your fellow students, offer a friendly ear, increase your social skills, improve your CV and develop some transferable skills that will help you in your future career as well as in achieving your own goals.

If you're interested in coaching, whether as a student or as a potential coach, please contact su.advice@sunderland.ac.uk for more information.