Who is the programme for?
If you are over the age of 19 years old and would like to be an active member of your community and explore work opportunities in your local area, this is the programme for you. It is all about developing your work, social and digital skills, increasing your confidence and independence and supporting you to get the most out of your local community.
You will be in College for 2 days per week (days and times differ at each College centre).
What are the entry requirements?
We would like to meet you for an assessment before you join us at College to make sure this is the right programme for you. You must be in receipt of benefits and not hold an active Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
About the programme
You will have opportunities to:
- Work with new people
- Take part in work taster sessions, supported or part time employment
- Develop your practical and social skills in work and local community environments
- Get involved in local community enterprise projects and volunteering schemes
- Participate in travel training
- Explore ways to make new friends in a safe environment, including safe social networking
Here’s how we will achieve it together
We want you to be as independent as possible and throughout your time with us we will support you to make new friends, travel more independently and try new things at College and in your local community. We will support you to identify and access a range of job opportunities in your local area.
Our Adult Work and Community Programme is offered in a safe setting at Lomond House in Camberwell Green, VPC in Carshalton and Beaconsfield in New Malden.
Outcome: Opportunities for volunteering, enterprise schemes and community projects. Students may progress onto the Into Work Programme. A certificate of participation is awarded by Orchard Hill College at the end of the programme.
Throughout the programme we will support you with your maths and English learning.
We will develop your core skills in: communication, problem solving, independence and mobility, work skills, managing change, personal and social skills.
You will need to attend with your carer/support worker if necessary who will be responsible for your medical and other needs. If you feel support is not required, this will need to be discussed and agreed with the Head of College Centre.
We have some amazing partnerships in our local communities who provide great work placement opportunities, here are just a few:
Beanies, Ronald McDonald, Wandsworth Oasis, The British Red Cross, Be Enriched, Guys and St Thomas Trust, Danni Building Services, Walworth Garden Farm, Premier Inn, Financial Times, The British Heart Foundation, Pepper’s Delicatessens, Wyevale Garden Centre, Nightingale School, David Weir Centre, Mind, Tara Theatre, GCDA Catering, The Dragon Café, Menders Club, Kingston Advocacy, The Children’s Society, Peabody Trust, Juno Glass, Kids’City and The Salvation Army.