Moving on up in Hereford
Students at National Star in Hereford have moved into their new home at The Eveson Centre, Ledbury Road, Hereford and are already settling in well.
In recognition of the generous support received from The Eveson Charitable Trust and in remembrance of Violet Eveson, the building has been named The Eveson Centre.
‘The Eveson Charitable Trust is delighted to have supported National Star in its ambitious project to create a new base for its expanded provision in Hereford. We visited the site in its early stages and it is wonderful to hear that the building is now open and ready to welcome its first students. We are particularly honoured that National Star has named the main building The Eveson Centre and we wish the charity and the students every happiness in the new location,’ said Claire Bowry, Chief Executive of The Eveson Charitable Trust.
Students worked enthusiastically as a team to help set up their classrooms and communal areas. They are using their creative talents to design murals for the walls which will reflect the students’ views of National Star in Hereford.
There is now much more space with several light and airy teaching areas, a separate art room, dedicated therapy room and two sensory rooms equipped with specialist sensory equipment. The building has been adapted to incorporate a wheelchair accessible lift so that all students can use the upstairs teaching space.
The outside space is more expansive too, with room for a poly–tunnel, netted basket swing, raised beds and much more.
The students love their new home
Alex said: ‘I can see squirrels in the trees.’ Millie and Lily May are looking forward to growing strawberries and raspberries and Katie said: ‘I like the classroom being upstairs because there is more space and better views.’
Enquiries from prospective, new students are greater than ever before, reinforcing our decision to expand our provision in Hereford. From September 2021, 32 students will be learning at National Star in Hereford. Long–term, there are plans for The Eveson Centre to be used to extend our adult community learning programme for disabled people throughout Herefordshire.
Principal Simon Welch said: ‘Our provision in Hereford is going from strength to strength and our new facilities will really help us to provide high-quality learning opportunities for young people with complex disabilities. We are extremely grateful to The Eveson Charitable Trust for its financial support – their generosity will have a significant impact on the lives of young people with disabilities in Herefordshire.’
Outside college hours The Eveson Centre is being utilised by long–term residents living next door in National Star’s supported living accommodation. During the coronavirus pandemic, rooms within The Eveson Centre have been used to host essential family visits for long–term residents desperate to see their parents in a coronavirus–safe environment to support their overall health and wellbeing.