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
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:
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
Grounds - The grounds are approximately 1 acre and houses a poly tunnel where the students have their own kitchen garden.
We have a number of raised planting beds across the garden, are planning an accessible walk way around the poly tunnel and raised planting areas, planting an orchard and developing an outdoor classroom.
We have several Open Days coming up this year - please come along to visit us!
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If you would like an application form, please click here.
For more information about our Open Days or any other enquiries please contact Adam Metcalfe on
Tel: 0117 377 1990
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