Posted by Kayleigh Mcleod on the 05 Apr 2017

Orchard Hill College has been working with Sutton Mencap to promote ‘Circles of Support’ to students. This is a group of people that can help someone with a learning disability to make decisions about their life. The aim is to develop a support network that will result in long-lasting friendships and on-going connections within the community.

Ava, a student from our centre in Carshalton, visited fellow students in Wallington with Jude from Mencap to represent Circles of Support and to give them a presentation on what the scheme means to her. She really got students involved, asking them what they want to do when they leave College, where they would like to live and telling them what she would like to do herself.

After the presentation Ava said “I think this session would have really helped the other students think about their future and what support they need to work towards their goals. It also helped me build my confidence and I felt like I could explain to them how Circles of Support is beneficial in all areas of your life.”

Some feedback Ava received from students about her presentation was that the presentation was “helpful”, “useful”, “well presented” and “really good!” Great work, Ava!