National Star enables young people with disabilities to realise their potential through education and personalised learning opportunities, and by providing other transition and accommodation services.
The college itself offers programmes that are tailored to meet individual aspirations and abilities, with a strong emphasis on creative and performing arts, sports, communication skills and life skills. Learner progress is monitored through the setting of individual goals and targets, and a strong multi-disciplinary team, including speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and behaviour specialists, ensure a holistic and person-centred approach is taken.
These programmes are offered at both the national centre in Ullenwood, Gloucestershire, as well as at a local level, where National Star is working with partner organisations.
As a community resource, the national centre is also able to offer short break opportunities, and other health and wellbeing services such as activity and therapeutic breaks; and as a recognised centre of excellence, National Star is able to use its expertise in order to offer training and development programmes for professionals.
And in order to support individuals who move on, National Star is now offering long term accommodation services in both independent living and residential care facilities. This accommodation is currently only available in Gloucester, but will be offered more widely as the organisation develops further.
All of the above is helping us to achieve our vision of ‘a world in which people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives’.