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Annual Showcase Exhibition Shows Students What the Future Holds
Treloar’s College in Hampshire held its annual event to help their students to discover what life after the school and college could hold for them.
The 14th annual event, named Future Fest, was the biggest and best yet with an amazing 46 exhibitors coming to present a wide range of services to the students.
The event is organised so that students who are soon to be leaving the school have a better idea of what is available to them in terms of activities, help and support with the exhibitors generally categorising themselves into three areas: residential, education/employment and social/life skill.
One of the more unusual exhibitors to attend this year was Canine Partners, who brought along some of their furry friends to show the important impact a dog can have on the life of someone with physical disabilities.
At Canine Partners, dogs are trained to help disabled people with tasks around the home as well as being proven to help lessen feelings of loneliness and depression by providing them with a sense of companionship.
In a more educational capacity, the exhibition had representatives from organisations such as Solent University and Surrey University, and others which help with work placements, like Whizz Kidz, The Grange and Leonard Cheshire which all give the students an opportunity to see what is available to them should they wish to continue education.
There was also a wide range of social and life skill organisations covering a broad selection of activities and skills such as sailing, camping, performing arts and ICT assistance.
The exhibition has proved to be extremely valuable to students, parents and the participating organisations as a tool for recognising their potential to each other.
Beverly Stannard from Treloar’s, who organizes the exhibition sees how valuable it is to have the students in the same room as so many organizations that have the potential to help them and cater to their specific needs. She said: “We’ve had some really good feedback and people tell us they’ve had some very useful conversations. I know that in previous years our students have been able to find somewhere to move to as a result of the Future Fest.”
College leaver Vicky said that the exhibition has made her feel a lot more confident about leaving college and moving on the world. She said: "I am leaving in the summer and I’m not sure what I’m going to do so it’s good to have the help. There are so many exhibitors here, which means you can get some good ideas.”
For more information about the Treloar’s Trust visit: http://www.treloar.org.uk
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Treloar School and College are operated by Treloar Trust which provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas.