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Carole Stott, Chair of Governors, cutting the ribbon

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Bath College launches new state-of-the-art SEND Centre

 

Bath College has opened a new Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Centre, Wellow House, which houses a whole range of state-of-the-art facilities which include a sensory room, a de-escalation calming room, an accessible kitchen and a fully operational one-bedroomed flat.
 

Wellow house is at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus in Radstock and has had a £300,000 investment from B&NES Council.
 

The new facility has allowed the College to welcome a cohort of pre-entry level learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). These learners follow a curriculum designed around Pathways for Adulthood and making good choices for their lives. This new programme is an addition to the College’s successful Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) programme, designed for 16-25-year-old learners with SEND.
 

LILS students with Inclusion Staff and Glastonbury Festival StewardsWellow House has attracted attention in Somerset, with the Glastonbury Festival stewards raising £740, which was used to purchase items for the sensory room such as bean bags and weighted blankets.
 

There are exciting plans for the future of the centre, which include a café, market garden and on-site residence.
 

The launch was also the LILS and Pre-entry students’ annual Christmas fair, for which they prepared hampers, cakes and soup, a raffle, homemade chutneys, gifts and games for the visitors of the facility to purchase. The learners will spend the proceeds on a small reward for themselves for their hard work, donating the rest to CLIC Sargent, a charity that has helped many of them through cancer diagnosis and treatment.
 

Students Singing and Signing
 

Carole Stott, Chair of Governors at Bath College, officially opened the SEND Centre with a ceremonial ribbon after the students welcomed guests by signing and singing Christmas songs. She said: “We are delighted to launch Wellow House.
 

Students manning hamper stall“This initiative is part of the ‘Local First’ policy, where young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are educated in their local community rather than being sent ‘out of county’.”
 

Chris Wilford, Head of Education Inclusion Service at B&NES Council added: “It’s been an absolute pleasure for us at the local authority to work in partnership with Bath College to bring a much-needed facility to young people in B&NES and the surrounding area.”
 

For more information about Bath College’s SEND provision, click here.
 

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New Project SEARCH Interns Experience World of Work

 

Ten young people with learning disabilities have started a year-long internship with Bath & North East Somerset Council.
 

It’s the 11th year the council has welcomed interns from Project SEARCH – an initiative led by the council in partnership with Bath College and Virgin Care. The aim of the scheme is to support young adults with learning disabilities into work.
 

Over the next twelve months the interns will work in three placements across the council. The aim is enable the interns to develop skills, gain experience and grow in confidence and independence.
 

Councillor Richard Samuel, cabinet member for Resources, said: “The average employment rate for people with a learning disability in the UK has dropped to just six per cent. We need to address that and increase the opportunities available to young people with learning disabilities. Project SEARCH enables the interns to develop the skills they need to find sustainable employment. Over the years we’ve had huge success with our graduates finding employment through the programme. I’m sure this year’s cohort will benefit enormously from their time with us.”
 

During their time at the council the interns receive on-site tutoring from Bath College and Job Coach support from Virgin Care. The partners also work with local organisations to help interns find vacancies and apply for jobs.
 

Following the successful completion of their internships next June all graduates will be presented with certificates at a special ceremony at the Guildhall.
 

For more information about Project SEARCH click here.
 

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Bath College to host Preparing for Adulthood Fair

 
On Thursday 14th November from 4-8pm Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus will be hosting the event supporting teenagers with special needs to prepare for adulthood.

 

A collaboration of Bath and NE Somerset’s special schools, Fosse Way, Three Ways and Bath College will allow parents, carers and young people to explore services in the local area. This brings together employment, healthcare, community and independent living options which have previously been exhibited separately.
 
The fair will give the opportunity for young people and their carers to chat to providers about what is best for each individual and how to access the services. Stand holders include Curo Independent Living Service, Dimensions HealthCare, The Life Project and Mencap Supported Employment Team.
 
Jo Stoaling, Head teacher at Three Ways School comments that “Knowing what your choices are and who is able to support you through a time of transition is vital. At Three Ways, we aim to support the young people and their carers through transitions and give as many relevant options as possible.
 
“The fair showcases some of the options local to our families and gives a chance to start thinking about ideas.”
 
Julie Knight from the Bath & NE Somerset Inclusion Team says “We want to start as early as possible to explore independent living options and pathways to employment, as well as the support and healthcare the young people will have available as they move into adulthood.”
 
Sally Eaton, Head of Inclusion at Bath College says “We are delighted to invite so many different providers to Wellow House, the new SEND Centre at our Somer Valley Campus at Bath College. It will be a great opportunity for young people with SEND and their families in B&NES to see what is on offer so they can start to make plans for their future.”
 
The event is free and fully accessible with plenty of parking and refreshments on offer and open to the public from 4-8pm.
 

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Life and Independent Living Skills Students running Bath College Shop

 

A huge well done to the Bath College Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) Students who have successfully taken over the day-to-day running of the College Shop.
 
The LILS programme is for SEND learners and focuses on preparing young people for adulthood by promoting independence wherever possible.
 
Bruno Elliott, Inclusion Facilitator at Bath College, is overseeing the learners in the shop. He said: “Students say that it helps them get ready for employment. It does this by making them realise the importance of customer service in a retail setting and improving their communication skills.
 
“Handling money plays an important role in preparing for the workplace. It also enables them to feel more part of the College.”
 
The College Shop sells a variety of art equipment, stationery and other useful items such as reusable coffee cups and is open Monday-Friday 10.00-11.45 and 12.50-14.45.
 
Shop customers are kindly asked to be patient with the students staffing the shop as they learn the ropes of a retail environment.
 

BANES Interns

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B&NES Council welcomes new Bath College interns

 

Eight young people with learning disabilities have started a year-long employability programme with Bath & North East Somerset Council.
 

This is the 10th year the council has welcomed interns from DFN Project Search – an initiative led by the council in partnership with Bath College and Virgin Care. The aim of the scheme is to support young adults with learning disabilities into work.
 

Councillor Paul Myers, Cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “The average employment rate for young people aged 18-24 with a learning disability in the UK is just seven per cent. We need to do all we can to increase their opportunities and help them develop the skills they need to find sustainable employment. Every year we’ve seen our graduates find community-based employment through the programme and I’m sure this year’s intake will benefit greatly from their time with us.”
 

During their time at the Council the interns receive on-site tutoring from Bath College and Job Coach support from Virgin Care. The partners also work with local organisations to help interns find vacancies and apply for jobs in the community.
 

Following the successful completion of their internships next June all graduates will be presented with certificates at a special ceremony at the Guildhall.
 

For more information on DFN Project Search, visit our Project SEARCH page or contact Bath College on 01225 312 191.
 

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