It’s important your accommodation at Derwen is a proper home from home.
Houses at Derwen are spacious, comfortable and welcoming. As a residential student at college you may live in mixed gender accommodation. This arrangement reflects what life may be like if you move on from college to supported living.
Many of the services here at college are set up to help your transition from college into the community. For example accessing therapies, nurse and doctor appointments, independent living skills and making meals within residences.
Each of the residences have a manager and care coordinators. While you live at Derwen you will have a named key worker, nurse and student services co-ordinator to support you through your college experience.
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To begin with, you’ll live in staffed houses in the heart of the campus.
Each house has at least one lounge with large screen TV and lots of seating so you can sit with your friends in the evening if you want to.
Wifi is available in communal areas of college residences so that you are able to use your own devices with the support of staff should you need it. Please note, we do not guarantee the availability of wifi in student bedrooms.
There are laundry rooms with washers and driers that the staff will help you use. Don’t worry, you’ll always get all the support you need.
The kitchens are specially designed to enable you to develop independence skills. You will plan your grocery shopping and learn to prepare and cook simple meals and snacks each day (not forgetting the washing up!).
As a result of your skills progressing, you will move to accommodation where you have more opportunities to do these everyday tasks yourself.
While you live at Derwen College you will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own cleaning, shopping, cooking and general living skills. Of course, staff are never far away. You’ll be living as independently as possible but there’ll always be advice, encouragement and the appropriate amount of support for your needs.
The skills you learn at college will help you be as independent as you can be. You will feel prepared for the next stage in your life when you return to live within your home community.