Specialist college outreach centre to open in Bradford

This September we're opening an outreach centre in Bradford to support young adults with disabilities to find a job and learn to live more independently.

Students packing salad bags to sell as part of a social enterprise on campus Student filling flowerpots with compost in horticulture Student clears tables on cafe work placement

Bringing the specialist college experience to Bradford

Our specialist college in Harrogate already caters for students aged from 16 to 25 with a wide range of disabilities, helping them to achieve their full potential for living independently and preparing them for employment. The new outreach centre will be located on the Listerhills Science Park in the city.

Principal Angela North said: “We already have some students with more complex needs from the Bradford area, but this initiative will remove the barriers of location and distance for another group of special school leavers. Our mission has always been to support students to go ‘beyond expectations’ and we are delighted to be able to extend this to Bradford.”

Not only will students with special educational needs and disabilities be able to use the Bradford centre but they will also have access to the College’s support services. This includes support for students and their families through the transition to adulthood and respite care and residential support where appropriate. Students will be able to draw on the expertise of our College’s Disability Support Team.

A stepping stone to adult life

The outreach centre will help students to enhance their employability skills, with the aim of gaining long-term paid employment, through both educational progression and a recognised College curriculum. As part of this, there will be an introduction to social enterprise and students will be expected to manage their own enterprises within the centre.

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Students will be able to study on a Supported Internship course, gaining essential work placement experience and pre-employment training.

For students who want to continue into Further Education in Bradford, there will be a development course to prepare for the next stage of their education.

Part of the centre will be used to help students gain independent living skills, such as self-care, home skills and food technology.

Angela also said: “Our long experience of working with young adults with a wide range of special needs means we understand how important it is that they are treated as individuals. One student might need assistive technology to help them communicate while another might need to learn how to budget and shop for food for a meal. We work with them to find out how we can assist them to achieve their maximum potential.”

Clearing tables at a work placement in a local cafe

The centre will also offer therapies, such as visual impairment support, speech and language therapy, assistive technology and holistic therapies. Where possible, occupational therapy will be offered both on site and in the workplace.

Find out more

Anyone who would like to find out more or apply for a place can contact our college team on 01423 886451 or email admissions@henshaws.ac.uk.

Download our Bradford centre flier

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