StarNews Winter 2016
Welcome to issue 10 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.
National Star opens in Wales
National Star has opened its first education provision in Wales. It is for young people with profound learning difficulties and complex disabilities.
Read more: National Star opens in Wales.
Skills for Work leads to first job for Craig
Craig White was so impressive on his work placement that he was offered a job. The 21–year–old is now a permanent member of the cleaning team at Balcarras School in Cheltenham.
Read more: Skills for Work leads to first job for Craig.
15 year dream comes true with Supported Internship
Gavin Higgins always wanted to work but he never thought he would find an employer who would want him. Then he signed up for National Star’s Steps into Work Supported Internships at EDF Energy.
Read more: 15 year dream comes true with Supported Internship.
Morgan takes trip of a lifetime after college
Former National Star learner Morgan Jones has returned from a dream journey – a month of travelling from Singapore to Australia. Hundreds of young people applied for the expedition run by the Journey of Lifetime Trust.
Read more: Morgan takes trip of a lifetime after college.
StarPrint partners with university
StarPrint, National Star’s learner–led social enterprise, has been working with University of Gloucestershire Student Union. For the past two years StarPrint has completed the contract to create bespoke printed T–shirts for the university.
Read more: StarPrint partners with university.
StarTraining wins prestigious award
StarTraining has won a national award for its outstanding training and skills development programmes. The National Star team is one of 34 businesses to receive a Princess Royal Training Award.
Read more: StarTraining wins prestigious award.
StarTechnology makes learning accessible
National Star’s external assistive technology service is going from strength to strength. Launched two years ago, StarTechnology utilises National Star’s knowledge of disability and specialist technology to offer solutions that improve accessibility.
Read more: StarTechnology makes learning accessible.
Ellie embraces independence at Bradbury Gardens
Ellie Westcott is a young woman who knows her own mind. When she completed her three years of education and personal development at National Star, she wanted to be as independent as possible and have her own place. Thanks to National Star’s long–term accommodation, Ellie is doing just that.
Read more: Ellie embraces independence at Bradbury Gardens.
Freedom and friendship: Kyle and Alex move into Bradbury Gardens
Kyle Thornton and his flatmate Alex Johnson have a bit of a competition going on about who does the best James Bond impersonation. The pair, both in their third year at National Star, are living in an independent flat at Bradbury Gardens in Cheltenham.
Read more: Freedom and friendship: Kyle and Alex move into Bradbury Gardens.
Ways to fundraise for National Star
Whether you are 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…
Read more: Ways to fundraise for National Star.
Speech and Language Therapy helps Conor find his voice
Conor Deane hasn’t been at National Star very long, but he is already settling in and making progress with his communication. ‘He’s growing in confidence and is becoming more engaged in his activities,’ said Lois Thomson, Speech and Language Therapist at National Star.
Read more: Speech and Language Therapy helps Conor find his voice.
New StarBistro chef inspires in the kitchen
Joe Parke, who is the new chef at StarBistro at Ullenwood, has always loved cooking. He got his first job as a pot washer in a restaurant at the age of 12. Now he is passing on his experience to National Star’s learners.
Read more: New StarBistro chef inspires in the kitchen.
Choose a challenge. Reach your potential
Whether you’re feeling inspired to run a 10k, take on a triathlon, brave a tandem skydive or hold a special event, there are lots of ways you can support National Star and have plenty of fun at the same time.
Read more: Choose a challenge. Reach your potential.
Leave a gift to National Star and change a life
Have you thought about leaving National Star a gift in your will? By remembering National Star you will be helping future generations of people with disabilities and their families.
Read more: Leave a gift to National Star and change a life.