LLDD students take to the stage to see off year

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

IMG_3003A group of students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities showcased their talents to celebrate the end of their programmes at Seevic College.

Packed full of singing, dancing and all-round entertainment, friends and families of the students from the college’s Personalised Pathways programme were invited to the show held in Seevic’s theatre on Thursday 23 June.

Despite taking the students just ten days to put together, the show was a huge success and one that all involved will remember.

Vice Principal John Revill concluded the night by saying: “This has been one of the best evenings I’ve had in a long time. 

“You all did an amazing job; it was incredible. Well done!”

Kay Davis, Head of Foundation Learning & Community Development at the college, added: “Tonight you’ve made me all very happy and so proud.”

From dancing the Whip Nae Nae to singing Lionel Richie’s Dancing on the Ceiling, it was a wonderful end to the students’ time at the college.

Anna Kennedy OBE, well known for setting up schools to provide an improved education and other facilities for children affected by Asperger Syndrome and autism, joined the students to celebrate. 

As the founder of Autism’s Got Talent, Anna spoke about this platform that showcases an array of diverse talent from performers on the autism spectrum and urged many of the college’s students to apply for the competition.

Anna said: “There was a buzz as soon as I walked through the doors of the theatre. The performers were so excited and you could clearly see they loved the feedback from the audience.

“During the last performance one of the students sang Lionel Richie’s Dancing on the Ceiling and I was pulled on stage to dance with the performers. Everyone was so happy and proud, as was I, on this special night.”

With the number of young people studying a Foundation Learning course at Seevic having tripled over the past five years, the provision is a key focus within the college, based in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.

IMG_2419Mr Revill said: “This is not about expanding the college but expanding opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, allowing them to develop and progress on to either employment, further education, independent living or simply become more engaged in the local community.

“Essentially, the college is preparing them for adulthood and improving their life chances.”

Students on Seevic’s Supported Internship programme also held celebrations for the end of their course by hosting a Leavers’ BBQ.

Student Zak Bannon took time out of his position within the college’s Catering Team to get behind the BBQ and bid farewell to friends and tutors.

Julie Clark, Supported Internship Coordinator at the college, said: “All of the students have worked so hard this year, and this BBQ is a way of celebrating their success. They’ve gelled incredibly well as a group, and I’m proud of all their achievements - both in the college and their workplace.

“Many students have secured full-time employment after Seevic which is great to know as that is one of the main aims of the Supported Internship programme.”

Seevic’s Foundation Learning provision includes the Personalised Pathways, Passport to Progression and Supported Internship programmes plus Level 1 courses in a number of areas including Animal Care, Enterprise & Business and Sport.

Providing up to a five-day provision for learners, Seevic’s Personalised Pathways programme is designed for young people who would benefit from learning within a supported environment. It aims to develop independent living skills, preparation for adulthood and develop basic skills in numeracy, literacy and ICT.

The Supported Internship programme helps young people with a statement of special needs take their first steps into employment.  Young people spend one day at college and up to four days in the workplace each week.  Students also work towards qualifications in English, Maths and ICT and receive support from a fully-trained college Job Coach.

Find out more about our Foundation Learning programmes..

To find out more about Autism’s Got Talent, visit www.annakennedyonline.com



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