When Ed started as a residential student at National Star, he wouldn’t speak up for himself and was nervous about trying anything new.
His experience at college transformed him. Not only did he achieve qualifications in his Work Outcome programme but he was elected Student Union president and received a Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award and a DofE Gold Achievement.
Since leaving National Star in July, Ed has worked for a butcher’s shop in Wiltshire. With a customised wagon on the back of his power wheelchair Ed delivers meat around his hometown.
Ed was born premature at 24 weeks. He spent a great deal of his first seven years of life in hospital. He has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties.
While at National Star, the occupational therapy team worked with Ed and his chair driving skills. He also accessed aquatic therapy and physiotherapy to develop his strength.
‘When he started at National Star he would go along with anyone and not speak up for himself,’ said his mum Sharon. ‘Now he is a confident young man, not only speaking up for himself but supporting others.’
Ed hopes to move eventually into supported living.
‘National Star helped me get a job that I love and gave me independence,’ said Ed.