“He has never looked back since going to Henshaws”

Henshaws Specialist College graduate Edward left College in 2012. He recently came back to visit and he’s pictured below with mum Carole, dad Alec and College instructor Annette. We always love to hear how our graduates are getting on so we were delighted when Carole and Alec shared Edward’s story with us.

Alec, Edward, Annette and Carole

“Edward is doing well. He shares a house with four lads all the same age in Leicestershire. He has just come back from an annual week’s holiday at Butlins in Skegness with the other lads in the house. Below left is his latest photo taken on his birthday – 26 would you believe! He went out for Sunday lunch with the other lads in the house.

Henshaws has played a major part in his life. TheyEdward birthday pic provided the opportunity for him to gradually move away from the comfort zone and protection of family life. As a result he gained confidence in meeting the challenges of every day living which he is now putting into practice living as independently as possible away from home.

The first year after leaving Henshaws, Edward attended another independent specialist college in Leicestershire. We paid for this due to issues securing funding from the local authorities for the course he is now doing called Learning for Living. He is now in his final year of this three year course at Leicester College. For the first two years he did three days a week and now it’s two. The course content continues the work started at Henshaws; horticulture, shopping for meal preparation and cooking, sport, drama, IT art and craft (which he’s still not keen on!) and out and about in the community. In July he took part in a musical with college at the Sue Townsend Theatre in Leicester.

In the house he continues with all these activities; making his packed lunch for college, cleaning, shopping, cooking, laundry and anything else which is part of daily living. It’s not all work though! He still goes horse riding once a fortnight, swimming two or three times a week, disco at a local club every week, bowling, the pub, meals out, walks and visits and anything else that comes up.

As you can see he lives life to the full. He’s so busy he has to have plenty of warning to fit in visits home.

Henshaws have made a valuable contribution to his way of life now which we are very grateful for. He has never looked back since going to Henshaws.”

Carole and Alec, Edward’s parents

Find out how we support young people living with disabilities to make their goals a reality on our College pages at http://www.henshaws.ac.uk.

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