Elliott Roberts is visually impaired and needs help everywhere he goes, including short trips around National Star’s residence in Gloucester. But his friends and fellow learners Kristian Harrison and Steve Martin have come up with a unique solution.
Owen has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, communicates yes and no through expressions and gestures and has limited control of his arms. A simple switch is now supporting him to make his own choices for the first time and have a voice.
For Victoria, who has autism, going on a college trip was something her parents never believed would be possible. But thanks to National Star’s team of therapists, she went on to become one of 16 students to ski in Andorra.
Lee used to pull his hoodie over his head so that people wouldn’t speak to him. After studying our Skills for Work programme he went on to win a national Young Enterprise Award for his incredible personal transformation.
A speech and language therapist who helped hundreds of National Star students find their voice has retired after 36 years. When Jon Brough arrived at National Star in 1981, it was just the beginning of the computer age.
Protecting the health of National Star students and residents
To protect the health of our residential students and long-term residents, National Star is limiting access to some of its facilities. This applies to National Star, Ullenwood, Foundation House and Elizabeth House in Gloucester, Bradbury Gardens in Cheltenham, Matrixcare in Malvern and Ledbury Road, Hereford.
These sites are now considered ‘self-isolating’ households. This is a precautionary measure taking into consideration the latest Government advice around ‘at risk’ groups self-isolating for 12 weeks. Only staff, visiting professionals and close family members will be granted access. Stringent infection control measures are in place in order to enable this reduced access to continue.