National Star is celebrating its 50th anniversary in May and we have a year of events planned to mark this important milestone.
The charity was originally established to offer support and education to children whose lives had been affected by thalidomide.
But as plans progressed it was realised that there was a need for post-16 education for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, and The Star Centre was born.
We first opened our doors on 10 May 1967 with 10 students. It was based in Ullenwood Manor and an adjoining stable block.
50 years on, our Ullenwood site has grown more than 16 times its original size and has purpose-built specialist facilities. National Star also runs programmes and projects across the country and education centres in Hereford and Wales. The organisation works with over 800 staff.
During our anniversary year we will support more than 1,500 people with disabilities and learning difficulties from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We pass on our expertise through training and support across Europe and beyond.
At National Star every service we provide is tailored to the individual. Whether it is supported internships, residential education or long-term accommodation, National Star provides personalised learning and support which enables people to realise their aspirations.
Realising aspirations is at the heart of National Star. It has been for the past 50 years and we are committed to doing that for the next 50 years.
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We’ve been realising the aspirations of people with disabilities for 50 years. Meet some of the people we’re proud to have worked in partnership with.