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Freedom Pass  A Freedom Pass is provided by your local borough councils to give older and disabled Londoners free travel on almost all public transport in London. If you live in London and you have a disability you could be entitled to a Freedom Pass. Click here for more information or to apply.

18+ Student Oyster cards  The scheme allows you to get 30% off the price of adult rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets if you live within greater London. There is different eligibility criteria for students on full and part time courses. For more information or to apply go to: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14312.aspx

NUS (National Union of Students) The College is registered with NUS so students can apply for NUS cards to receive discounts. To apply go to the website below. Orchard Hill College will appear on the drop down list for ‘Place of Study’. http://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/

Childline: www.childline.org.uk Free phone number: 0800 1111 National organisation offering online support and telephone support to young people in distress. Top Tip: If you do not get along with the person you speak to over the phone, hang up and re-dial- they don’t mind.

Samaritans: www.samaritans.org.uk call free any time, from any phone on 116 123. National organisation which offers 24 hour telephone and face to face emotional support to people in distress. Website offers useful information pages about different mental health difficulties.

Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk Young Minds promotes mental health issues within young people. A wealth of information about different mental health issues which affect young people. A range of information and leaflets can be downloaded

 CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safer-By-Design/safety-centre/

Sutton Independent Advice & Support Service – click here

I Count The ‘I Count’ card can be used as proof of an individual’s disability and enables easy access to available concessions and fast-tracking. The website provides various information on learning disability support. http://www.i-count.org/  tel: 020 8436 1742 icountregisters@sutton.gov.uk

Challenging Behaviour Foundation Offers parents and carers access to information they need to understand and manage challenging behaviour info@thecbf.org.uk Tel:01634 83873 http://www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk/about-cbf/about-challenging-behaviour.html

National Mencap Mencap Direct is the easiest way for you to access advice and information about learning disability and find the right support in your area.http://www.mencap.org.uk/

Citizens Advice Bureau The service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. Tel: 08444 111 444 http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Mencap – Employ Me Employ Me is Mencap’s specialist programme that supports people with a learning disability to gain paid employment. http://www.mencap.org.uk/employme     Tel: 0808 808 1111 email: information@mencap.org.uk

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Beaconsfield student Nasir has begun work at Sainsbury’s in Kingston. He is currently gaining valuable work experience and is growing in confidence and acquiring some great inpendence skills. Nasir stacks the shelves and makes sure they are full and well …

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