My mum and dad are proud of me & impressed with my confidence

We held an uplifting graduation ceremony at Henshaws College last month to celebrate the achievements of our graduating students. As part of the ceremony, former student Nathan Hill came back to talk about his life after College. Since leaving in 2013, Nathan has been working on setting up a craft shop and café in Sheffield, with the support of his family. He explains how his new venture is putting the practical skills he learned at College to good use.

College graduate Nathan with his parents

“My name is Nathan Hill.  I started College when I was 16 and left last year. I really enjoyed College and made lots of friends, especially Jessica who I still see. I learnt lots of new things.

I had lots of work experience on and off campus working at a furniture shop and at Up and Running with Darren and Dominic. I worked with Chris Powell at the Cone Exchange where Chris kept hiding from me. Here I learnt to use a Big Shot machine to cut out paper shapes.

Nathan's hand painted shop sign which uses his own handwriting
When I left College last year I brought my own Big Shot and started to make my own cards to sell. My dad, mum and me have just opened a shop called Nathan’s. Here I make and sell my cards but also sell tea and coffee and homemade cakes. Everyone is welcome but you have to pay.

I also work two days a week at a farm because when I was at College I worked with my tutor Flora growing plants and worked at Horticap. At Manor Oaks farm I do lots of digging, grow plants and look after the farm animals. I like looking after the rabbits and have passed my rabbit care award. I hope to have my own rabbit soon. I have just started a horse care award. I don’t think I will buy a horse but I do have five chickens.

I kept up my athletics and have run at Boston and Barnsley. I miss College but I am glad I made lots of friends and my mum and dad are proud of me and impressed with my confidence.”

Nathan speaking on stage at our college graduation event in the sports hall

Nathan’s shop will be opening in Sheffield at the beginning of September. Find out more on his Facebook page

For more information about our programmes of learning and support for young people with disabilities, please visit our College website.

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