Queen Alexandra College
“Build Independence for life beyond QAC”
Queen Alexandra College (QAC) is a national charity for people with disabilities aged 16-25 years old. All students have at least one disability, although many have more than one disability to overcome; these include sensory impairments, physical disabilities and learning disabilities and vary in extent and impact. They currently support over 300 students each year on academic programmes, each one being individualised to meet students’ needs and abilities.
What is Queen Alexandra College?
QAC offers challenging learning opportunities and diverse routes to education, independence and employment through highly individualised programmes, unlocking potential spanning all aspects of a person’s life. They also deliver an independent living programme supporting 40 clients and a Community Services programme supporting around 30 clients in the community.
The last academic year has been really difficult for students, but due to their disabilities, many of them have been impacted even harder; the break in routine and norm, their inability to understand why they couldn’t come to college, then when they could why it was so different and why they couldn’t mix with other groups and with their friends, it hit them hard. Due to their learning levels, although some were able to adapt to home learning, many couldn’t, finding it hard to keep focus and on track, despite their tutors and support staff’s best efforts. This is why QAC want to make their return exciting – for those coming back from summer and for those joining QAC for the first time. They want to be able to offer fun activities where they can mix (safely) with other students outside their classes, where they feel comfortable and happy (even excited) to get back into the library to borrow a book or a DVD.
Prior to Covid, the college was somewhere students felt safe and comfortable – being there and attending their studies was part of their routine, one they knew and recognised. When Covid and lockdowns/restrictions happened this was, for many, taken away from them and things didn’t make sense any more. They struggled to engage with lessons and with others. Learning became really hard for students to engage with as they were having to do so through a screen rather than through interactive, hands on learning which is more successful for people with disabilities – particularly learning disabilities.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
£2000 would be used to purchase a range of library resources such as books, games and interactive activities that groups can borrow for sessions, or students can borrow independently. Everything bought would be items that have been suggested (and voted for) by students and staff, so we know they will be used. QAC would also be able to offer some interactive workshops with visiting groups – whether music, theatre, dance, experiments etc – which are always fun way for students to learn. Sessions would coincide with other activities / themes running across College.
Where can people go to find out more about Queen Alexandra College?
Sarah Caldwell, Fundraising and Grants Manager.
Tel: 0121 428 5064
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Twitter – @QAC_Official