At West London Community College we have a set of well- established, devoted and enthusiastic staff members who carry a huge amount of experience, and are from a variety of backgrounds including day centres, SEN schools, residential homes and hospitals.
Our staff are all DBS checked and are fully trained in relevant areas, designed to allow them to meet the high standards we have set for ourselves. Mandatory training includes; Safeguarding, Protection of Vulnerable Adults, Prevent, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene, Epilepsy, Emergency First Aid, Positive Behaviour Support and Equality and Diversity.
Staff are also supported to complete QCF qualifications in Health and Social Care and PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) qualifications.
The college has chosen personnel to manage health and safety and enforce fire procedures. Everyone who works at West London Community College has elected to specialise in the field of autism spectrum and associated conditions Asperger’s syndrome, so any training sourced is targeted on these areas of expertise.
SANDRA JOHNSTONE-QUEEN – Service Manager
Sandra is the Service Manager at West London Community College with over 30 years’ experience in social care including over 20 years in managerial positions across a wide range of services for adults with autism and learning disabilities. Prior to joining WLCC, Sandra managed several Local Authority day services, where her work focused around developing these services. Prior to this, she held roles across services specialising in mental health, learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Sandra is a fully qualified life coach, and holds a Higher National Diploma in Social Care Management.
SALIMA BEGUM – Deputy Service Manager
Salima is a resilient individual with great experience in the care industry. Consistent, positive and proactive, Salima understands the importance of her work as demonstrated by her willingness in putting the support and wellbeing of students at the forefront of every decision. Delivering work to the agreed professional standards. Salima started her career at West London Community College; as a Vocational Training Officer then became a Senior Life Skills practitioner, having recently been promoted to the role of Deputy Service Manager, she now will be managing the four locations of West London Community College.
Salima is looking forward to the continual development of all four WLCC services and tackling the new challenges that this will bring.
LAURIE CLARKE – Senior Specialist Speech & Language Therapist
Laurie has been working as a speech and language therapist in a range of children’s and adults’ services for the past nine years. After completing an Honours Degree in Linguistics and French at Manchester and a Master’s Degree in Speech & Language at Reading in 2012, he spent several years practicing in South East Asia in developmental clinics. He returned to the UK in 2017 to pursue professional specialism in Learning Disability and Autism. Laurie leads the Speech and Language Team at West London Community College where he is developing integrated therapies and communication strategies with the wider college.
CHARLOTTE CATER-LAWRENCE – Psychotherapist
Charlotte started working for St Marys College before it became West London Community College as an LSA in 2004. She was supported to develop her role and undertook her Counselling training whilst continuing in her position.
She completed her Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Counselling skills and theory and then went on to complete her Level 4 diploma in therapeutic Counselling.
She has remained in the role in some capacity ever since. Firstly, setting up a Counselling service within the college and then becoming self-employed, retaining the work at the college and then expanding her service to include other specialist provisions within the area.
These included working within specialist units at primary schools, secondary and post 16 provisions and other work at both women’s and children’s centres as well as seeing private clients. All the while gaining valuable experience of diversity and the issues affecting various groups in society, in particular the challenges faced by individuals with additional needs.
As the company grew and then went on to become part of the Options group, so too did the demand for the counselling service. Charlotte once again became an employee of the group in January 2020 in order to be able to focus solely on this role.
As well as her one to one therapy sessions, she now also runs group sessions at the Aston House site. These are focused around social skills, communication and wellbeing. She uses her specialist knowledge and experience to inform these sessions and create a therapeutic space in order for students to be able to develop their self-awareness and work on overcoming the barriers that they face.