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Opening Celebration at The Sheiling Ringwood

By Hayley Ramm, Jun 20 2019 10:04PM

The Sheiling Ringwood was delighted to officially open their new College Hub. Cllr Barry Goringe delivered the opening speech and cut the ribbon and Mr Philip Warr, HM High Sheriff of Dorset, was also present at the event.

Sheiling College is the only residential provider of specialist college education in Dorset for 19 – 25-year-olds. The college was established in 2012 with just 6 students and now has well over 30 today. The Hub will be an important part of college education and, with its working kitchen, café, retail space and office area, will be an innovative way of providing young people with the opportunity to gain valuable life and work skills.

The use of real-life equipment and areas where the students can practise and develop skills in a safe and specialised environment will be critical in developing transferable learning for the young people at the Sheiling. The Hub will act as a bridge to enable students to safely develop the skills necessary so they can progress to be more independent in life and, where appropriate, on to supported work, internships and employment.

The Hub will also provide an ideal place to invite local businesses within the community to learn about the young people the Sheiling supports and the challenges they encounter. This aims to have a positive effect for local community members who have learning disabilities but can also have tangible benefits for local businesses.

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