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HSDC (Alton Campus) - SEND Independence Hub

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As part of Hampshire County Councils commitment to improving outcomes for young people with SEND, we are working with local colleges to deliver education and training resource provisions to support them to remain in their local communities and engage in inclusive post-16 education.?

This provision?will create high-quality, accessible, and effective learning within Hampshire’s further education network, to support young people with SLD (severe learning difficulties) and complex needs to develop independent living skills needed to participate and thrive within the college and their community.?

HSDC is committed to delivering a variety of holistic inclusive study programmes to young people with a wide range of SEND needs.  Our new Independent Living Hub will provide a 5 day a week provision designed around the 4 Preparing for Adulthood outcomes to help young people develop the skills identified in their EHCPs and empower them to achieve their independent living and learning goals. ?

Who to contact

Contact Name
Helen Robinson
02393 879999
HCC SEND Employability Hubs

Where to go

HSDC - Alton College
Old Odiham Road
GU34 2LX

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Session Information
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Local Offer

Local Offer
Contact Name
Tozzy Bridger
Contact Telephone
Vocational and Foundation Learning (VfL) Manager
Contact Email
What does your service do?
  • Secure swipe in and out system operated by staff to always ensure student safety​
  • Dedicated drop off / pick up area for students on specialist or home transport​
  • A fully equipped hygiene room with changing bed, ceiling mounted electric hoist and shower facilities with additional accessible WCs​
  • Medical room for first aid and secure storage of medications​
  • Therapies room for SALT, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy​
  • Sensory Room​
  • Quiet Room​
  • Sensory garden for horticulture and relaxation​
  • An Independent Living Suite which includes a bedroom, a lounge and practical cookery kitchen​
  • Preparation kitchen for food storage and snacks​
  • 4 Accessible classrooms​
  • Social area for students to take breaks, eat lunch and meet up with friends​
  • First floor staff room that overlooks the student living skills area for additional safeguarding​
  • Electric wheelchair charging facility
Who does your service provide for?

Young people with severe learning difficulties (SLD) and complex needs. 

How can I start using the service?

Attendance is agreed between Hampshire County Council, College and young people and families.

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

The Alton campus is in North Hampshire and serves a wide range of areas including Bordon, Petersfield, Basingstoke, Farnham and Winchester.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

Decisions about eligibility for the hub are made with the young person, their family/carers, Hampshire County Council and appropriate college staff.

If you are unsure of your eligibility or want to discuss your EHCP, contact the SEN helpline on 01329 316165.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making?

We communicate with families and young people in a variety of ways, including face to face meetings with staff and other professionals, emails, text messages, letters and phone calls.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?

Staff receive a variety of training depending on their roles, including supporting learners with ASC, SpLD, SEMH and medical needs.  Specialist staff have received training in BSL, Makaton, SLCN, VI (including Braille at the Alton campus), HI and personal care.

How will I know my child is safe?

All college staff are trained in safeguarding children and young people.  There is a dedicated team of health and wellbeing staff at each site, including RGNs, Progress Mentors and Managers.

Full information on the Colleges safeguarding policies, procedures and named contacts available on the website: Safeguarding & Prevent | HSDC

Which of the following applies to your setting?
Secure environment
Sensory adaptations
Low stimulus
Accessible changing
Sensory area
Accessible toilets
Wheelchair access
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