Personal Options Programme (POPs)

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Windsor College, part of Windsor Forest Colleges Group, was filled with the sweet smell of cakes on Friday 29 September when 14 students on the Evolve course (formerly Personal Options) rose to the occasion by taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The students raised over £250 for the charity by selling a variety of cakes and drinks to fellow students and staff at the College in St Leonards Road.

Many of the deliciously indulgent cakes including flapjacks, cupcakes and a variety of biscuits were baked and decorated by the students themselves and others, such as a heavenly harvest apple and blackcurrant cake and a scrumptious lemon drizzle cake were kindly donated by the Handmade Cake Company.

As part of the event, a raffle was also held to raise money for the charity. The prizes included a pair of teddy bears and cakes.

Lecturer Liz Wheeler explains: “As well as raising money for a good cause, the coffee morning also provides a great learning experience for students on our Evolve courses, which are designed for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The event teaches our students about handling money, communication skills, customer service skills and helps to build their confidence.”

The Windsor Forest Colleges Group 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.

Windsor College, offers a range of full-time and part-time courses, from A Levels and GCSEs to science, business and creative arts. Over the last 50 years, the College has earned an outstanding reputation for delivering high quality education and training.

For more information on the Evolve programme (formally called Personal Options) and over 800 other courses available at Windsor Forest Colleges Group, please visit click here or call 01753 793000.

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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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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.

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

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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