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.
As a residential student at college you may be in mixed female/male accommodation residencies. This arrangement reflects what life may be like if you move on from college to live in supported living. Many of the services here at college are set up to help our students transition from college in to the community, for example accessing therapies, nurse and doctor appointments, independent living skills, making meals within residencies.
Each student has a key worker and is here to support them throughout their college experience including living within their accommodations.
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.
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, and here you will prepare your supported breakfasts and teas. You will also plan your 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 are encouraged to 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.