New Studio Flats Official Opening
On Friday 24th June students, staff and supporters of the National Star College came together to celebrate the official opening of two of the four studio flats within the College’s new development, following the completion of the £7.7million Star Appeal project.
The fantastic new studio flats offer students the opportunity to try out how it feels to live with minimum support, and is particularly useful for students aiming to live independently when they leave College. The studio flats are self-contained, with their own bedroom, living and kitchen area, and en-suite bathroom. The studio flats empower students to develop practical skills, such as budgeting, cooking, shopping and dressing, and more personal skills such as assertiveness, and managing and directing their care support. The Mark Master Masons generously donated £123,165 towards two of the new studio flats.
Lynette Barrett who is Head of Residential Services at the College said about the new flats:
“Life-skills are the skills we use every day and often take for granted - managing money, washing, dressing, shopping, cooking a meal, washing up, personal hygiene, catching a bus, and expressing our personal choices. Access to life-skills facilities within a specialist residential setting enables severely disabled young people to achieve increased independence and more control over their lives, now and in the longer term. We would like to say a huge thank you to the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons for making two of these flats possible which allow our students to learn such vital life-skills.”
Mr Benjamin Addy, the Deputy Grand Master of Mark Master Masons said:
"The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons extends to the National Star College congratulations on the succesful completion of their building project at Ullenwood, Cheltenham.
“Grand Lodge through its Mark Benevolent Fund, consider it a great privilege to have supported the Star Appeal. We are delighted the new flats will provide an excellent start on the road to independent living for students of this remarkable College.
“It is a sign of our support, that the Grand Master, H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent has approved the units to be named after himself and his wife. We wish the College well in its future endeavours."
The new flats are part of the new residential area at the College known as Ullenwood View. As well as the four flats there is also a six-bedroom residence with a large communal lounge and dining area to help students develop social skills within a small group setting; an accessible laundry and specially adapted life-skills kitchen. There is also sufficient space for large electric wheelchairs; and ‘enabling technology’ in some of the bedrooms.