HoW College ‘cements’ community links

HoW College ‘cements’ community links

Heart of Worcestershire (HoW) College’s construction students grabbed their trowels and headed to Spectrum Days, Droitwich, to lend a helping hand in the renovation of one of their sensory rooms ‘The Trove’.

Spectrum Days is a small non-for-profit charity that provides specialist services for people with profound disabilities across Worcestershire and the surrounding areas. They provide person centred care plans tailored to each individual, giving families support throughout the week at the centre, in the community and at home.

The three day project gave HoW College students a chance to gain invaluable work experience and get involved within a worthwhile community project.

Speaking about his experience, construction student, Ryan Wilson, said:

“Working with the people at Spectrum Days has been an amazing experience. It has given me a chance to get some real world experience and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I hope what we have done has made a real difference to someone’s life.”

Curriculum, Resources & Quality Leader, Rob Smith, added:

“It has been a pleasure working with and getting to know the people at Spectrum Days. The students have worked really hard and have found their time at the centre really rewarding. We look forward to working with them in the future.”

Maggie Allen, Spectrum Days Trustee, commented:

“This kind of support from the community has immense value to our small but important charity. Financially, it has saved the charity hundreds of pounds (the cost of paying a plasterer) Raised public awareness of this level of disability; engaging with these young people and their lecturers to increase our public profile. We are grateful for this opportunity to thank the lecturers and the students for all their endeavours on our behalf.”

Heart of Worcestershire College strives to provide all students with work experience alongside their vocational course. This ensures that our students are equipped with all the skills they need when searching for employment or when going onto higher education.

For more information about courses or studying at HoW College please visit our website www.howcollege.ac.uk.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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