Here at West London Community College we can help in a number of ways, as well as literacy, numeracy and ICT we also strategically and skilfully put other skills together into our session plans, for example, social enterprise is fundamentally a session in which we sell home-made jams and chutneys on a market stall for an autism charity.
From this you will discover that the session incorporates accessing the community to shop for ingredients to then making the jam and chutney; using computers to source recipes and calculate profit margins; improving money skills when selling and budgeting the next product; working as a team to develop our products; social interaction when it comes to dealing with the general public- our customers.
Some of the sessions we offer include:
Social drama, Functional skills, Vocational skills, ‘Image in Action’, Independence, Work placements, Horse riding,Life skills
Students also have the option of incorporating academic study into their timetable and can undertake qualifications such as GCSE’s and ASDAN.
Overall we empower students’ opportunities and help maximise their potential, ensuring they are able to lead an individualistic life, and have support of others’ who hold autism spectrum conditions.
West London Community College offer a 43 week a year respite service on Saturdays from 09:00 – 16:30. The service is offered across both main campuses (Colne Lodge and the Stables Courtyard) and incorporates activities available across both sites. Students have the opportunity to access a respite service that is held exclusively during the day.
A typical respite placement involves an overnight stay, something that the students who currently access the service at West London Community College struggle with the transition from home to overnight respite. West London Community College offers a meaningful and fulfilling service catered to the individual needs of each individual.
BEATZ – WLCC operates outside of the usual 8.30-4.30 college day providing a valuable social group, Beatz. All members, who don’t need to be students from the college, must have a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s syndrome and let staff know how they will get to and from the event for purposes of safety. BEATZ was set up in 2011 and is held termly. Students requested a social venue away from the college that could provide dance music and a licensed bar. Beatz night attendees benefit from the safety and support provided by staff from the College.
FOOTBALL TEAM –Hillingdon Irons F.C. was founded in 2008. All team members must be on the autism spectrum but do not need to be students of the college. The football team has won numerous trophies, with the Middlesex County Football Association PAN Disability County Cup and the Non-League Disability Football Tournament heading an impressive trophy cabinet. We train every Wednesday evening at Goals Soccer Centre on Springfield Road in Hayes. Anyone wishing to participate can contact Craig at the College for further information.
WOW (Way out West) – West London Community College, in association with Age Concern, The Gateway Partnership and Slough and Berkshire East, Way Out West is a social gathering for adults aged 18+ with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Facilitated by an experienced team of staff, the group meets twice a month at a venue handpicked by our CRB checked team, who ensure a good time is had by all in a safe environment. All important details, including dates, times and venue details of forthcoming meetings can be found on our Facebook site; [email protected] or by simply searching ‘Way Out West.’
BOY’S NIGHT – On a termly basis, trained and experienced male members of our staff team support our male students to access a number of different local restaurants. This gives attendees the opportunity to develop their social skills in a safe, positive and well supported environment.
GIRL’S NIGHT – On a termly basis, trained and experienced female members of our staff team support our female students to have a ‘girl’s night in’ usually held at our Courtyard campus. This not only gives attendees the opportunity to develop their social skills, but also to discuss personal hygiene, swap beauty tips and enjoy a good pampering session.