The Brislington Centre


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Our new independence training facility fully opened to students in September 2017. Offering overnight stays from Sunday through to Friday. Students return home for the weekend and during college holidays.

Having an independence training facility gives students the opportunity to practise skills they need for a more independent life. Including getting themselves ready for the day, shopping, cleaning, cooking, healthy lifestyle, travel training and accessing their local community.

Staff work together with each student and their parents/carers to plan learning and training programmes.

Outlined below are the key aims for learning based at the independence training facility:


 Independence Skills – students will learn to:

  • Plan and prepare healthy meals        

  • Launder clothes

  • Shop for food and other essentials    

  • Maintain a high level of personal hygiene

  • Manage a food budget                    

  • Plan a journey and use public transport

  • Stay safe and healthy i.e.using household appliances

Employability – students will learn about:

  • Effective communication(suitable for a workplace)

  • Strategies to aid memory and retention of instructions/process algorithms

  • Punctuality, it's importance and it's relation to travel planning

Work Experience – students will have:

  • The opportunity to take part in work experience

  • Access to a range of support from staff both at the house and at college


Social – students will have the opportunity to:

  • Work on projects with fellow college students outside of the Progression into Independence cohort for example, developing an allotment garden, decorating the house, taking part in creative and enterprise projects.

  • Visit friends and family in Bristol (from the house)

  • Participate in social activities at the house and in the community, both staff and student led


Students – The students who attend the Brislington centre are all city of Bristol college students and are part of the progress into independent course. The course runs for 5 day per week (3 day from the house and 2 days from the college green site).

Grounds - The grounds are approximately 1 acre and houses a poly tunnel where the students have their own kitchen garden. The plan is for the produce grown in the poly tunnel to be part of a social enterprise where funds raised is used for social activities for the students. The students have been approaching local restaurants to purchase produce. We have a number of plans for the garden which we would hope that you may be able to support us with which include the construction of a number of raised planting beds across the garden, the construction of accessible walk ways around the poly tunnel and raised planting areas and the planting of an orchard.


Tuesday 20th March 10am - 2pm Tuesday 10th April 10am - 2pm Thursday 26th April 10am-2pm

For more information about open days, how to apply or any other enquiries please contact Adam Metcalfe on

Tel: 0117 377 1990