StarNews Winter 2017
Welcome to issue 12 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.
A fantastic start to our 50th year
National Star received the royal seal of approval for enabling young people with disabilities to have a ‘limitless life’ rather than a ‘life with limits’. The Countess of Wessex met learners, staff and supporters of National Star to mark the charity’s 50th anniversary.
My first year at National Star, by Abbie
My first year at National Star College was amazing. I really enjoyed it and learned so much. I have had such a great time learning new skills and trying out new experiences.
Meet our National Stars
All of the learners at National Star achieve some amazing outcomes during their years with us. At our annual Leavers’ Awards ceremony in July we celebrate all of their achievements, from securing a job to making choices to driving their chairs.
Caroline’s world is growing
For most people, eating different foods is not a big deal, but for someone with autism, even the slightest change to a routine can have a serious impact on their world. So for Caroline, the fact that she now has a varied diet is a huge achievement.
Lee proves he is a true success story
A National Star learner has won a national honour at the HSBC Young Enterprise Awards. Lee Grimes has come a long way since joining National Star as a Skills for Work learner.
I owe so much to National Star
As a teenager Andrea Riga was told she would never get a paid job. She was determined to prove them wrong. Andrea was a day learner at National Star for three years from 1983 and completed her City and Guilds Foundation Course in Commercial Studies.
LiftTraining is ticket to independence
Gareth and Dan were at risk of becoming isolated in their own homes because they could not use public transport on their own. That then changed thanks to LiftTraining, National Star’s travel training programme.
Every day I make a difference
Alan Stockton loves his job. And the reason? The National Star learners he works with. He joined National Star at the age of 18 after deciding he wanted to work in the care sector.
Join FestABLE for a day of celebration
FestABLE, the first National Festival of Specialist Learning, is being hosted at National Star on Saturday 2 June 2018.
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 young people with disabilities when you support National Star. See what some of our fundraising stars have been up to.
A golden girls garden party
Three friends who all attend a local gym together joined forces to raise money for National Star. Anita, Di and Sheila held a summer garden party to celebrate the charity’s milestone 50th anniversary.
Kathleen’s flying high after charity skydive
A great-grandmother celebrated her 85th birthday by skydiving from 10,000 feet in aid of National Star. Kathleen Ellerker undertook the tandem skydive in July 2017.
Helen’s fearless fundraising
Fearless Helen Howe is used to doing scary things to raise money for her favourite charity National Star.Helen is co-owner of Cheltenham’s Lumière Restaurant with husband and head chef Jon.