It’s important your accommodation at Derwen is a proper home from home, so we make sure our houses are modern, spacious, comfortable and welcoming.
To begin with, you’ll live in staffed houses in the heart of the campus.
Each house has at least one big lounge with large screen TV and lots of seating so you can chill with your friends in the evening, if you want to.
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. Most of the time you’ll eat in the dining hall but the kitchen in the residence is your base for independent living sessions. Here you’ll plan the grocery shopping and learn to prepare and cook simple meals and snacks (not forgetting the washing up).
Bit by bit, as your skills progress, you’ll move to houses where you have more opportunities to do more of these everyday tasks yourself.
Students in their third year can have responsibility for their 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 and prepare you for the next stage in your life when you return to live within your own home community.