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StarNews March 2023

Leo and Speller Metcalfe staff member smiling

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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Jack walking using mollii suit with help from physiotherapist

Dancing for joy with student trial

Student Jack has walked outdoors for the first time and hopes to dance at his wedding thanks to an innovative piece of equipment called the Mollii Suit, which helps with body tone.

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Jack smiling in swimming pool and Jade smiling with her dog

Going far for National Star

National Star supporters are going the distance for young people with complex disabilities by signing up to our Go Far, Be a Star fundraising challenge.

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Imogen learning to drive her wheelchair

Driving student independence

National Star students don’t let wheelchair malfunctions or technology fails get in the way of their learning thanks to the support of a specialist on–site team.

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Fundraising stars

Find out how our amazing supporters have been raising money for our charity.

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Student Union members and Speller Metcalfe staff smiling

Student excitement mounts for new residence accommodation

Members of National Star’s 10–strong Student Union were given VIP access to the construction site at Ullenwood so they could have a sneak peek of progress being made on–site.

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Sunrise Walkers smiling outside National Star reception

Rising and shining for charity

Scores of amazing fundraisers laced up their walking shoes and braved the early morning chill to join us for our second ever Sunrise Walk.

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Photo collage - Caroline and mum Sally, Caroline smiling in sensory room

Whole team approach to challenging behaviour

Challenging behaviour is not a disability or diagnosis but more a way of communicating for many students and residents at National Star.

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Sydney smiling holding a plate of food

Students boost job skills

National Star students are improving their future employment prospects thanks to a growing partnership between National Star and The Folk of Gloucester.

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