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StarNews September 2020

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Welcome to 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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Students smiling enjoying their Bradstock festival experience, including tentsánd festival party themed banners

Bringing the festival experience to National Star

Coronavirus may have put a dampener on attending organised outdoor events and activities. But that didn’t stop students and long-term residents from getting creative to bring the festival experience to residences. 

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Take a virtual supporter tour

Join National Star on a virtual tour of its Ullenwood campus and discover how the charity is changing lives every day.

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Smooth transition for new students

Coronavirus was not going to stand in the way of our learning programmes staff ensuring that new National Star students made a seamless transition from school to college.

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Two female and one male Student Union members smiling from the 2019 Learner Voice event

The learner voice

Coronavirus resulted in some unexpected opportunities for the voices of learners to be heard in a positive and effective way at National Star.

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Impact of coronavirus

As a charity we’re proud of the steps we have taken to remain open for students and residents during the coronavirus crisis. However, our efforts have come at a heavy financial cost to National Star.

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Front view of the construction site of 1 Ledbury Road, Hereford

Growing to meet the needs in Hereford

Improving our offering for people with complex disabilities in Herefordshire is taking shape with plans to open a larger day college in the county.

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Collage photo from left to right: Students painting, ironing, dancing and holding lightsaber. Centre: Badminton players holding trophy with ribbons on it. Right: assortment of virtual pet show photos including a tortoise, cat and dogs.

Fundraising stars

Get inspired by some of the fundraising campaigns we’ve hosted in 2020. 

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Left: Student Alex Smith and Principal Simon Welch smiling. Right: Student sitting in front of tv screen cutting pieces of newspaper.

We’re ready for the challenges ahead

National Star teams have adapted quickly to the changes brought about by the pandemic. That flexibility has enabled the charity to remain open and functioning throughout the crisis and to use that experience to prepare for a new academic year.

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Long-term residents outside Foundation House in Gloucester celebrating their home's outstanding CQC award

Foundation House rated Outstanding

Staff and residents at National Star’s long-term living accommodation Foundation House are celebrating after receiving an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

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Right time, right place for National Star learners

National Star has won a national award for its holistic and inter-disciplinary approach to meeting the needs of young people with complex disabilities.

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Celebrating student success

While coronavirus has changed the way National Star does things, it hasn’t stopped us from celebrating the successes of the students.

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Former student Jason Felce smiling with his AAC device

Now I sound hip and trendy

Student Jason Felce now has the voice he believes best represents him, thanks to National Star’s Find My Voice project.

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