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StarNews March 2022

StarNews edition 22

Welcome to the latest edition of StarNews, containing all of the latest stories, features, and news from National Star. You can take a sneak peek of what’s inside by browsing our stories below and clicking to read more.

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Emily and Oliver using AAC device and eye gaze technology

From Oliver with love

Student Oliver has complex communication and physical impairments, but with the help of Speech and Language Therapist Emily, Oliver is now sending emails to family and friends.

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Former student Frazer and artist's impression of new development

Preparing for independence

National Star’s residential learning plays a key role in preparing young people for adulthood and independence.

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Charley with housekeeper Sammy

Work outcomes course proved a recipe for success

National Star’s Hereford college work outcomes student Charley found her dream job as a housekeeper at our residential home for young adults with disabilities.

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Josh Reeves smiling

Campaigner honoured

Former student Josh says National Star has helped him realise his dream of becoming a disability rights campaigner.

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Fundraising stars

Fundraising Stars

From cycling a distance equivalent to the height of Mount Everest to wing walking, find out how our amazing supporters have been raising money for our charity.

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Students Thomas, Sam and Anisha

Employability skills blossom

Our polytunnel at Ullenwood is an amazing outdoor teaching space where students learn a variety of transferable skills as they plant vegetables and flowers together.

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Student Will holding up clothes in the National Star charity shop

Ready for the world of work

A hands-on work placement at National Star’s charity shop has given student Will the confidence and skills to prepare for paid or voluntary employment after college.

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Students enjoying music, helping them to communicate

Harnessing the power of music

National Star uses music therapy to enable students to develop in different areas, from increasing their range of communication to improving their mobility and supporting their psychological wellbeing.

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National Star volunteers at a tea and cake fundraiser

Volunteering in full bloom

Spring was in the air at Colesbourne Gardens as visitors toured its stunning national collection of snowdrops and sampled tea and cake served by National Star volunteers.

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National Star partners raise money for the organisation

Changing lives with your help

Support from local businesses and organisations helps National Star continue to give young people with disabilities support, skills and opportunities.

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