Lang­don open­ing Lon­don col­lege

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

ED­U­CA­TIONAL CHAR­ITY Lang­don is to open a Lon­don col­lege for the 16-to25 age group, com­ple­ment­ing its ex­ist­ing col­lege in Manch­ester.

The char­ity — help­ing teenagers and young adults with mild-to-mod­er­ate learn­ing needs to­wards in­de­pen­dence — will con­vert its Mac­cabi House site in Edg­ware, which is cur­rently used as a so­cial cen­tre.

It plans to iden­tify and as­sess po­ten­tial stu­dents in Novem­ber be­fore open­ing the day fa­cil­ity with an in­take of around a dozen in Jan­uary. It will need to raise up to £57,000 for re­sources, in­clud­ing tablet com­put­ers, par­ti­tions to cre­ate more class­rooms and spe­cial equip­ment for dis­abled stu­dents.

The Manch­ester col­lege prin­ci­pal, Chris Mayho, has been an in­te­gral part of the Lon­don team. He said the “very ex­cit­ing” news meant that “at long last we can ad­dress the needs of the Lon­don par­ents. They’ve been ask­ing me about it for long enough and now we’re in a po­si­tion to move ahead.”

Chris Mayho Although four stu­dents from the cap­i­tal cur­rently at­tended the Manch­ester col­lege, he added: “We’re aware that not ev­ery­body can send their chil­dren away to a residential set­ting.”

Es­tab­lish­ing a Lon­don col­lege was also cru­cial to the de­vel­op­ment of Lang­don’s sup­port for those want­ing to en­ter the em­ploy­ment mar­ket. “If we use the knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and pos­i­tiv­ity we have to en­cour­age the com­mu­nity, lo­cal busi­nesses and par­ents to be more re­spon­sive, we’re help­ing the in­di­vid­ual and the com­mu­nity.

“That’s a real plus for the Jewish com­mu­nity and the gen­eral public, be­cause rais­ing aware­ness of what they can do takes away some of the stigma. For in­stance, we know that when young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties get into work, they are more en­gaged and­havelow­er­ab­sen­teeism rates than other work­ers.”

The gov­ern­ment and lo­cal author­i­ties are pro­vid­ing fund­ing for the Lon­don col­lege, which, un­like its Manch­ester coun­ter­part, will not be residential.

“We’ll be ex­tend­ing the so­cial and learn­ing as­pects into the evening and week­ends by in­volv­ing the par­ents in the pro­gramme,” Mr Mayho added.

“Cook­ing, clean­ing and learn­ing how to get some­where — we want the par­ents to step back and al­low their chil­dren to learn these things, thereby giv­ing them that bit more in­de­pen­dence.”

Lang­don is hold­ing an open evening for par­ents of prospec­tive pupils on Oc­to­ber 19 at the Edg­ware site.

A stu­dent at the char­ity’s col­lege in Manch­ester

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