December 7 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Monday, October 21, 2013
A £420,000 centre for college students with learning disabilities has opened on the site of a former caretaker’s house.
The Bungalow was officially unveiled on Havering College’s Quarles Campus, in Tring Gardens, Harold Hill.
The building is designed to aid students who would struggle to immediately adapt to college life.
People on the autistic spectrum are among those who wil be supported.
Dame Angela Watkinson, MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, cut the ribbon to open the site.
She said: “This is a wonderful building which will enable students with learning difficulties to develop their interpersonal skills, social skills and everyday life skills to prepare them for adulthood and the progression on to a foundation course at the college.”
The centre will offer the students lessons to get them ready for the transition to further education.
It has a sensory room with fibre-optics and bubble tubes, and a twin bedroom, which can be utilised for occasional overnight stays.
The garden has fitness apparatus and raised flower beds for a range of gardening activities.
College principal Maria Thompson said: “It is a really good example of what partnership and collaboration can bring about for the positive benefit of students and the community at large.”
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A 41-year-old man has been stabbed at an address in Harold Hill.