StarNews Spring 2017
Welcome to issue 11 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.
Realising aspirations for 50 years
National Star is marking its 50th anniversary in May and we have a year of exciting celebrations planned to mark this important milestone.
Then: National Star in 1967
Find out what National Star was like when it first opened its doors on 10 May 1967 and was known as The Star Centre.
Now: National Star in 2017
National Star has achieved a great deal in 50 years of supporting young people and adults with disabilities. Find out how we work in partnership with over 1,500 people from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
50 parties celebrating 50 incredible years of National Star
This year, National Star turns 50, and you can help us celebrate this amazing milestone by holding a 50th anniversary-inspired fundraising party.
Learning that maximises potential
Every learner at National Star is unique, which is why each one of them has their own personal learning programme, enabling them to make informed decisions that affect their life.
Alexander is finding his voice
When Alexander Churchman turned 21 he did something he had never done in his life – participated in the celebrations and opened his presents.
Award-winning staff training at National Star
Rachel Smith joined National Star as a facilitator in 2015. Now, in less than two years, she has been promoted to a senior role thanks to National Star’s award-winning training programme.
Leading the assistive technology revolution
National Star has, for the past 50 years, been one of the front runners in the use of assistive technology for people with disabilities.
Friends help Elliott be independent
Two National Star learners are using 21st century technology to help their friend become more independent at college. They are making a personalised 3D tactile map of Elizabeth House, where they all live.
StarBistro dates for the diary
An exciting year lies ahead for National Star’s StarBistros. Make sure to mark your calendar with these forthcoming events.
The Business Kitchen’s recipe for success
The Business Kitchen have been helping local businesses discover the recipe for success at National Star at Ullenwood. They have hired our room and hospitality facilities for meetings, networking events and taster workshops.
Therapists support Owen to make choices
Owen Schreurs-Barnett has taken the first step to communicating his choices. It may look like a simple pressing of a switch – it is a big red button – but for Owen and his team it’s the result of months of hard work.
Ways to fundraise for National Star
Whether you’re a school, community group, company or one person, there are lots of ways YOU can make a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities when you support National Star. See what some of our fundraising stars have been up to…
Ski trip unlocks Victoria’s independence
For Victoria Brown, going on a college trip was a huge achievement – one her parents never believed would be possible. She was one of 16 National Star learners to go skiing in Andorra.
Choose a challenge. Transform lives
Whether you’re feeling inspired to run a 10k, take on a triathlon, brave a parachute jump or hold a special event, there are lots of ways you can support National Star and have plenty of fun at the same time.
Leave a gift to National Star
Have you thought about leaving National Star a gift in your Will? By remembering National Star you will be supporting future generations of young people and their families.