Independent Living Accomodation for Students with SEN Arrives in Bristol

Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) will be able to take advantage of a series of new eco-sustainable homes aiming to help them with gaining independent life skills.

Three new ready-made homes have been installed in Brislington as part of a joint project between Bristol City Council and the City of Bristol College.

The college’s Brislington Centre is the base for the housing, which can accommodate up to 13 students at a time.

Each home contains two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living area. Those living in them will be able to build on their existing skills of cooking, budgeting and home organisation. Staff at the site will continue to support each student’s individual needs.

Assistant Director of SEN and Learning Support at City of Bristol College, Bernadette McGouran, said: “There was nothing like this provision in Bristol until September 2017 which meant young people needing this type of support had to travel out of county. Having this facility in the city gives young people the chance to develop their skills and confidence in their home city.

“The new accommodation means that our students will still be living on-site at the Brislington Centre but with a friend, close to the main house and support if needed, and with the opportunity to live more independently. This will prepare them for the next step after leaving the College.

“We hope this will help young people to be more prepared for the real world after leaving the Brislington Centre and will teach them to play an integral part of the Bristol community.”

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