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Students on the Evolve programme (formerly Personal Options) at Windsor College have helped provide an extra special gift for homeless people in the Windsor area this winter.

In the spirit of the season, the students and staff held a Charity Winter Fair at the College in St Leonards Road on Wednesday (7th December). Raising £280 for local charity The Windsor Homeless Project, which provides food, friendship and support for homeless people, the fair included a variety of stalls, games and a raffle as well as selling delicious cakes kindly donated by The Handmade Cake Company.

Lecturer Liz Wheeler, explains: “Every year the students on our Evolve programme, who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, organise events to raise money for charity as part of their course. As well as supporting a worthy cause, the events also help the students to develop their literacy, numeracy and communication skills.”

Windsor College’s Evolve programme (formerly known as Personal Options) is an entry-level course for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. For more information on the College's Evolve programme and foundation learning courses, please click here or call 01753 793000.

The Windsor Homeless Project is a registered charity that provides a lifeline for homeless people in and around Windsor, offering food, washing facilities, friendship and support with health, housing and employment. For more information on the charity, visit www.windsorhomelessproject.org

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Students from Windsor College went the extra mile on Wednesday (16th November) to raise money for BBC Children in Need. Ten students from the Evolve course (formerly Personal Options) took part in a sponsored 10k walk from Windsor Castle to the Copper Horse statue and back again, raising over £165 for the charity.

East Berkshire College’s Evolve courses are designed for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The College has built up an excellent reputation for the quality of its foundation learning programmes and its Windsor College is a specialist area for learners on the autistic spectrum.

Lecturer Liz Wheeler explains: “The sponsored walk was a great success and a fun way to raise money for a worthy cause. All the students that took part are currently on the Evolve programme at Windsor College, which is a course for people on the autistic spectrum.”

For more information on the Evolve programme (formerly called Personal Options) and over 800 other courses at East Berkshire College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

The BBC Children in Need Appeal is a charity whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. For more information about BBC Children in Need, please visit bbc.co.uk/pudsey 

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There were cakes galore at East Berkshire College recently, when over 15 students on the Evolve course (formerly Personal Options) took part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The students raised £135 for the charity by selling a variety of cakes and hot drinks to fellow students and staff at Windsor College in St Leonards Road.

Many of the deliciously indulgent cakes were baked and decorated by the students themselves and others, such as a heavenly hummingbird cake and a scrumptious carrot cake, were kindly donated by the Handmade Cake Company.

Lecturer Liz Wheeler explains: “Our coffee morning was a great success. All the students that took part are currently on the Evolve programme at Windsor College, which is a course for people on the autistic spectrum. As well as raising money for a worthy cause, the event also helped the students to develop their literacy, numeracy and communication skills.”

East Berkshire College has an excellent reputation for its courses for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, and its Windsor College is a specialist area for learners on the autistic spectrum.

For more information on the Evolve programme (formerly called Personal Options), please click here or call 01753 793000.

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As part of its multi-million pound improvement project at Langley College, East Berkshire College is delighted to announce that it will be undertaking an internal refurbishment of its hair and beauty training salons and its teaching facilities for health and social care.


This second phase of investment will focus on upgrading the teaching facilities inside the south-wing of the existing Langley College building to provide students with state-of-the-art learning environments. These improvements will include new commercial hair and beauty salons on the ground floor, enhanced facilities for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, a simulated hospital environment for Health & Social Care and a brand new Innovation Lab.

Scheduled to open in early 2014, the new commercial hair salons will incorporate professional cutting stations, the latest industry-standard equipment and a new public reception area. As well as being a teaching facility for those studying hair and beauty courses, the salons will be open to the public and act as a working business to allow students to train on real customers for an enhanced learning experience. A range of treatments will be on offer to the public including hairdressing, massage, make-up, manicures and pedicures.

Principal Kate Webb explains: “The College is investing heavily in its facilities and services in response to the changing needs of the individuals, businesses and communities we serve.

This second phase of investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible facilities for current and future students. We believe these improvements will enable us to deliver an enhanced level of education and training, to ensure local people have the chance to develop the very latest skills and techniques employers require.

“We are particularly excited about the creation of a new Innovation Hub, which will feature a state-of-the-art Innovation Lab to showcase applied maths and science in new technologies and product design development.”

The first phase of improvement works at Langley College, which includes a new Hospitality & Catering Academy, began in August 2012 and is now nearing the final stages of construction. Due for completion in August 2013, the academy will feature professional training kitchens and a working restaurant to enable the College to deliver full and part-time courses in hospitality and catering for the first time. 12-075 G91 EBC P2 BIM Training Hair Salon Persp 1-Lr

Langley College has been at the heart of the community since 1976 and currently serves over 2,400 students from the Langley and Slough area.

Over the years, the College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and enhancing its range of courses. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as ‘good’ with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

Today, Langley College is the centre for most of the College’s main vocational courses, which all have specialist facilities. These include Motor Vehicle & Engineering, Construction, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy, Computing & ICT and Health Care & Education Pathways along with ESOL & Languages.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including apprenticeships, call 0845 373 2500.
Published in Hair & Beauty
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From fiery science experiments and creative nail art to face painting and a miniature farm, there was an extravaganza of activities to entertain and educate visitors at East Berkshire College’s Windsor College on Saturday (11th May)


Over 640 visitors enjoyed a host of demonstrations, games and stalls at the College’s first Summer Fun Day in St Leonards Road. With something for all the family, this free community event saw college students and staff showcase their talents in an array of interactive demonstrations and displays.

Highlights of the day included a bouncy castle, petting farm courtesy of Farms2Ewe, treasure hunt, face painting, mask making, inventors’ competition, hairdressing, a musical medley from performing arts students, various arts and crafts activities and a charity cake sale. Meanwhile, the air was electric in the science laboratories with a series of fiery experiments including an erupting volcano, ‘screaming jelly babies’ and ‘flaming fruits’. The local Fire & Rescue Service also brought along a fire engine much to the delight of some budding young firefighters. EBC 2624 710px web

Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Service and Communications at the College, explains: “We hold a series of Open Days at our Langley and Windsor colleges each year, but this is the first time we have held a Summer Fun Day for the whole community. As well as showcasing our extensive range of courses and facilities, the event has been a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate local talent. From science experiments to nail art and face painting to a treasure hunt, there was something to entertain and inspire those of all ages. All in all, the day was a tremendous success with a record number of visitors through the doors.”

A number of local businesses were also exhibiting at the event. These included The Dinky Fingerprint Company, Usborne Children’s Books and Love Noodle Jewellery.

Visitor Trish Canziani (from Maidenhead) was particularly impressed by the range of activities at the event. “I saw the Fun Day advertised and decided to pop along and see what it was all about. It’s been a brilliant day. It is great to have a range of activities to keep the kids occupied, so parents can find out more about the courses and talk to staff.”

Another visitor Fran Patterson (from Windsor) agrees: “I think the event is a great idea. There was definitely something for everyone here. I’ve been able to get my hair and nails done as well as find out about the range of courses available. There was also a lot for children to do like face-painting and a petting farm.”

Staff and students were also on hand to give visitors a guided tour of the facilities and answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships.

Arunita Roy (18, from Slough) came along to the event to find out about computing and IT courses: “The College has a really good reputation, so I thought I’d come and check out the facilities here. As well as finding out about courses, I was even able to try out some fun experiments in the science labs and learn how different metals produce different colours when they burn.”

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and enhancing its range of courses. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as good with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability. EBC 2734 710px web

The College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please call 0845 373 2500.
Published in Science
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:24

Brewing up for charity

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There were cakes galore at East Berkshire College last week, when over 40 students on the Personal Options course took part in Macmillan Cancer Support's World's Biggest Coffee Morning. The students raised over £280 for the charity by selling a variety of cakes, hot drinks and raffle tickets to fellow students and staff at the College's Langley and Windsor campuses.

Many of the deliciously indulgent cakes were baked and decorated by the students themselves and others, such as a heavenly carrot cake, were kindly donated by the Handmade Cake Company.

Lecturer Louise Carrington-Dye explains: "Both our coffee mornings were a great success. All the students that took part are currently on the College's Personal Options programme, which is an entry-level course for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. As well as raising money for a worthy cause, the events also helped the students to develop their literacy, numeracy and teamwork skills."

For more information on the Personal Options programme and over 800 other courses available at East Berkshire College, please visit www.eastberks.ac.uk or call 0845 373 2500.

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

College fair provides help for homeless

pops winter_fair_350pxStudents on the Personal Options programme at East Berkshire College have helped provide an extra special gift for young homeless people in the Thames Valley.

In the spirit of the season, the students and staff held a Charity Winter Fair at the College's Langley Campus. Raising over £370 for local charity Padstones, which provides support for homeless people aged 16-25, the fair included a variety of stalls as well as a raffle and tombola.

Paul Wiltshire, Operations Manager at Padstones, collected the cheque on behalf of the charity at a special presentation at the Langley Campus.

"We are delighted that the students chose to raise money for Padstones," said Paul. "The support of local organisations and fundraising events, like this one, are really important to enable us to continue our work."

Padstones is a registered charity that provides a lifeline for young homeless people in the Thames Valley and helps them to make the transition from dependence to independence.

East Berkshire College's Personal Options programme is an entry-level course for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. For more information on this and over 700 other courses available at the College, please call 0845 373 2500.

Pops gardening_350pxStudents on the Personal Options programme at East Berkshire College are enjoying the fruits of their labour with the success of their garden business.

The 'growing' project is part of a special business enterprise scheme developed by the College to teach students with learning difficulties valuable life skills, which are transferable to the workplace.

Under the guidance of College staff, the students have been growing and selling a range of plants, vegetables and tubs in a specially designed garden area at the Langley Campus. Through buying, ordering, planting and organising weekly sales; the students have been learning about finances, literacy, numeracy, teamwork and IT skills.

The business, which has made a profit of £400 in its first year, is proving a popular and valuable teaching tool according to lecturer Jenny Cobbe.

"This is the first year we've run the garden project as a business enterprise," said Jenny. "The business promotes teamwork and builds confidence. The aim is to prepare our students for the workplace. They learn to work together and at the end of year, we celebrate their achievements with a barbecue to eat the remaining produce they've grown."

All profits from the business, which is known as POPPIES, are being reinvested for the next year.

The Personal Options programme is an entry-level course for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. For more information on this and over 700 other courses available at East Berkshire College, please call 0845 373 2500

Monday, 07 November 2011 00:00

Glorious garden makeover for college

quad 5174_350pxStudents at East Berkshire College's Langley Campus are now enjoying the use of a new look recreation area, which incorporates a new performance space and café-style seating areas. The garden, which adjoins the College's cafeteria, was officially unveiled last week after being given a complete makeover with the help of students.

About 30 students on the Personal Options Programme, which is an entry-level course for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, have been responsible for planting the new recreation area under the guidance of College staff. Through measuring the space, selecting, costing, buying and planting the shrubs; the students have been learning about finances, literacy, numeracy and teamwork.

"The students have all worked really hard and the new garden looks fabulous," said lecturer Marilyn Hall. "The project has enabled the students to develop their numeracy and literacy skills as well as a sense of pride in their work. It is great for the rest of the College to be able to see what these students have achieved."

Natasha Murray was one of the students who helped transform the garden, which is known as 'The Quad'.

"I really enjoyed planting the new garden. It has taught me about working as a team and it helped me with my maths as we had to work out how many plants would fit into the space and the cost."

quad 5207_350pxAs part of the Personal Options course, the College has also developed a special business enterprise scheme to teach students with learning difficulties valuable life skills, which are transferable to the workplace. As part of the project, the students have been growing and selling a range of plants and vegetables.

For more information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 600 courses, please call 0845 373 2500

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