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Aged 16-24 with a learning difficulty and/or disability

Opportunities are not always forthcoming and available for learners who may need supported learning. Here at Central we make opportunities happen and provide a range of courses and levels to meet the needs of all learners with a difficulty and/or disability within Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire.

Find out what you can study at Central here.

At Central, a big part of our provision for students with a learning difficulty and/or disability is our social clubs. See what you could get involved with below.

Social Clubs

Horizons Tea Time Clubbers

Social Group for people with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities

The club is for young, active and enthusiastic adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who would benefit from the opportunity to increase confidence and to enhance their independent living skills. Also, it provides an opportunity to enhance social relationships with peers.

During the sessions students will have help:

  • Choosing, planning and organising activities
  • Accessing local amenities
  • Managing their own money
  • Cooking and preparing meals

The session is facilitated by an experienced tutor and supported by college learning support staff who are all experienced in working with learners with learning difficulties. There is no formal assessment. However, assessment to demonstrate learners achievements may be made through observations, photographic evidence and student produced work.

Horizons Beeston Clubbers

Social Group for people with Autism and Aspergers.

This is a social group to promote social, independence and communication skills for young people who find this difficult in everyday life. We encourage the individual to have an input in to the session, what they would like to do and learn to do. The activities we access and provide, take into account any specific needs the learner may have, we embrace their skills and encourage the aspirations of the young person, creating confidence and individual achievement.

We do a variety of activities, which will include, cooking, independent living skills, and personal development. A number of activities will also be in the community, accessing public transport; residential holidays and day trips to promote more independence and confidence.

The session is led by tutors who are experienced in working with learners with Autism. In addition, there are learning support staff on hand to enable effective interaction and ensure all learners are happy and safe. We work with individuals and ensure we understand their personal learning styles and needs to be met. We encourage the young person to take an active part in the session. We re-enforce outcomes through action planning and ongoing informal assessment.

Horizons Friday Night Clubbers

Social Group for people with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities.

The club is for young, active and enthusiastic adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who would benefit from the opportunity to increase independence, confidence and to build appropriate social relationships with their peers. It enables learners to access the local community and access the social activities available and experience them with peers and friends.

During the session students will have help:

    • Choosing, planning and organising activities.
    • Activities in the community (cinema, bowling, meals, laser quest, ice skating, late night shopping, tobogganing).
    • Accessing public transport.
    • Managing own money.

The session is facilitated by an experienced tutor and supported by college learning support staff who are all experienced in working with learners with learning difficulties.

There is no formal assessment. However, assessment to demonstrate learners achievements may be made through observations, photographic evidence and student produced work.

Horizons Sensory Clubbers

Social Group for people with Significant Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities.

The course enables learners with significant difficulties and/or disabilities the opportunity to socialise with other young people of different abilities and backgrounds both within the college and the community environments. It also encourages learners to develop their communication skills through making choices about the activities within the group. Where possible learners are encouraged to promote their independence by being more proactive in using their independence skills with less support.

Learners are encouraged to make decisions about what they would like to participate in whilst at the group. This may be staying within the college and having a themed evening such as a cinema night or it could be participating in a craft evening, games night, music night or it could be making a snack or a meal. On other occasions the learners may choose an activity in the community such as going bowling or for a drink at a local public house.

The learners are encouraged to make their own choices about what activities they would like to happen, these activities are then tutor led and well supported by learning support assistants. There is no formal assessment. However, assessment to demonstrate learners achievements may be made through observations, photographic evidence and student produced work.

There is a small charge for the academic year for all clubs and this helps towards the cost of consumables and materials each week. In addition, there could be costs for trips or visits outside of college e.g bowling, cinema, evenings out, bus fares, etc. or other activities specific to each club. Please ask for more details.