At Brentwood College we work with a wide range of partners to enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities to learn in the community. Students experience work, leisure, community and sporting activities that they may wish to continue when they leave Brentwood College.
Manchester United Foundation Hub
Manchester United Inclusive Reds is the Foundation’s disability sport initiative which aims for equal sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people, their friends and family.
Brentwood College are in partnership with Manchester United and Conor Muldoon has been working at Brentwood since August 2017 as the SEND Officer. Conor’s role is predominately based around getting students out into the local community, alongside offering extra curricular activities in lunch times and after college.
Since Conor has been working at Brentwood, there have been more opportunities to increase students’ development through inclusive sporting activities.
Gym and Fitness: accessing local leisure facilities to engage in physical activity whilst enhancing their physical fitness.
Cafés: visiting local cafes to independently use money and engage with staff and members of the public.
Orienteering at Dunham Massey and the Velodrome National Cycling Park: choosing and navigating walking trails increasing physical ability and endurance.
A job coach from United Response supports college staff to deliver relevant and high quality work experiences for identified students on our 'Skills for Independence and Work' Course. (link to courses)
Initially students are referred into the service by college staff and complete vocational profiles which help to identify appropriate placements. Students and placements are then matched up. United Response work with the providers to complete the the induction, health and safety, risk assessment and job analysis placement paperwork.
Currently we have placements available at Tesco, British Heart Foundation (furniture shop), Wythenshawe Horticulture Centre, Coppice Health and Well Being Centre.
The job coach supports the providers to make reasonable adjustments and has provided support around maintaining contacts and overseeing the quality of the placements.
Students benefit from learning specific skills in the work place, having a role in the community and developing social and communication skills with unfamiliar people. College aims to source placements that may turn into paid work or volunteer roles that can be continued after College is finished.
Growing Trafford's Roots'
The ‘Growing Trafford’s Roots’ project is all about engaging young people with disabilities in the heritage of food growing in Trafford’s allotments. Led by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) from their Sale Water Park Community Hub base with funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project celebrates Trafford’s often forgotten food growing heritage in a way that is engaging and accessible to young people and others.
Brentwood students work with a Project Officer, who creates games, communication tools and picture prompts to facilitate students to understand and learn about their local food growing heritage.
This project provides regular, practical and varied horticultural activities, whilst giving the students following the Skills for Independence and Independence and Work Skills course the opportunity to lead and take responsibility. These students developed a range of skills including food growing, harvesting, tool use, seed collection amongst other traditional market gardening skills. This work gave the students opportunity to also develop transferable skills, including teamwork, leadership, project management and communication skills.
All the students were able to see the rewards of their work from sowing grass and seeds to producing vegetables. The students used the vegetables they had grown to make and eat soup. The project provided a social opportunity to meet other young people and to engage in the local community.
Sale West Community Centre
Brentwood students attend a private gym in the Sale West Community Centre. This enables students to gain an understanding of a gym environment, and to practise the skills they learn from an Outdoor Gym.
South Trafford College
This is a local technology and gaming centre that is adapted for a range of needs. Using the latest gaming equipment, students from College access this fantastic facility enjoying spending time together to engage in fun and relaxing activities.
Everyone Can tutors work with College staff to impart knowledge of using the technology and eyegaze equipment in order for students to actively participate.