New centre for young people opens its doors

teenagersA new specialist education centre designed to help young people with learning and support needs gain work and life-skills has just opened in High Wycombe.

The Future Life Centre is a state of the art, purpose-built building and is one of the first centres of its type in the country to focus on vocation and employment as well as living more independently and academic studies. It forms part of the Flackwell Heath campus at Amersham and Wycombe College.

Facilities include:

  • Two fully equipped classrooms
  • Accessible kitchen
  • Therapy room
  • Sensory garden
  • Craft room
  • Chill out room/quiet area
  • Domestic skills room
  • Disabled toilet and wet room

There is no fixed curriculum, instead programmes are developed based on student's individual goals. They will be given opportunities to run businesses including an on-site laundry and cafe, along with scope for gaining work experience at nearby businesses. The students will also be helped with skills for budgeting, staying safe, using public transport independently, keeping fit and cooking meals.

Jo Walden, Head of Student Services at Amersham and Wycombe College said: "We feel extremely privileged to have this facility for the local community on campus and are students are benefiting from it. The college is now in a much stronger position to provide education and support for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and to ensure they have the best possible start in life.

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