CHAT has been a vital part of Olchfa since its inception in 1995 and stands for “Confidentiality, Help, Advice and Trust” - the key values that it is built upon. It comprises of a group of approximately 20 young people who are recruited in Year 10 and trained to handle a variety of issues facing younger pupils in the school. These issues can range from resolving friendship issues, building resilience in those who are anxious and assisting with the transition from our feeder primaries.
Each day they run the ‘CHAT’ room where pupils are free to access support, advice and guidance. CHAT counsellors also undertake training on issues of diversity and drugs and alcohol awareness in order to support younger pupils, helping them to be the best they can be.