Annual Lord Mayor’s visit to Treloar’s a great success

By Treloar's

The weather may have been wet and windy on Friday 28th February but it didn’t stop the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell and The Lady Mayoress, Hilary Russell, together with Masters and Prime Wardens from 50 Livery companies from visiting Treloar’s in Alton, Hampshire.

With over 100 attendees, the event was a great success and an opportunity for the visitors to learn more about the School and College provision.

This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate Treloar’s heritage, linking back to its founding in 1907 by the then Lord Mayor, Sir William Purdie Treloar, and to thank those attending for their support. Every year, The Lord Mayor of the City of London is an honorary Trustee of Treloar’s.

Visitors were given the opportunity to tour the campus and were able to visit classes in session, the specialist therapy rooms and the residential accommodation provided on site. There was also an opportunity to learn more about TreloarPrint, the printing enterprise which allows students to develop their skills and knowledge in a real working environment.

As part of the tour, the Lord Mayor and his party visited an art class, where students were learning all about abstract artist Piet Mondrian.

After the tours, guests were treated to lunch followed by a magical performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Sixth Form students.

Simon Birch, Treloar Trust CEO said:

“The link that Treloar’s has with the Lord Mayor and the City of London means a lot to us, and we are grateful that so many busy people took the time to come and see first-hand the difference that their support makes.

We hope that they enjoyed seeing a glimpse of what amazing things are achieved every day at Treloar’s and we look forward to welcoming them back soon”.

Treloar’s host another successful Future Fest

By Treloar's

For over twenty years the Future Fest has continued to offer an opportunity for students from Treloar School and College in Alton, Hampshire to meet service providers from a variety of sectors – from housing to advocacy services, care organisations and activity providers to universities. Future Fest 2020 was held on Friday 14th February with over 40 organisations taking part.

The event was established in 1998 to fulfil the aim of helping to prepare students to manage their lives as independently as possible once they leave the School or College. Treloar’s continues to encourage its students to make choices relevant to their future lifestyles.

Feedback from exhibitors and attendees was overwhelmingly positive.

A parent commented: “I feel that, even if only one or two exhibitors prove useful then that’s all I need for the event to have been worthwhile”

One of the exhibitors commented: “Thank you very much the opportunity for us to have a stall again at Future Fest.

We feel it is a great networking event and we look forward to next year, we have already put the date in the diary”.

Children’s TV favourite Basil Brush delights students and staff of Treloar’s

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On Thursday 30 January, students and staff of Treloar’s in Alton, Hampshire, were treated to a visit by Basil Brush who came to tour the School and College and find out about the work of Treloar Trust.

The tour began by meeting members of staff, taking plenty of selfies along the way before a rousing sing-a-long with school students in the Tech Hub.

Basil also visited a number of classrooms across the School and College to meet and speak to students, who were keen to stroke his furry tail and plenty of hugs were had, too.

The students at Treloar’s have complex physical disabilities, so meeting the celebrity fox was a great opportunity for them to use their communication skills to answer Basil’s questions about their experiences.

Basil Brush said of the visit:

“What a fantastic day I had seeing the amazing things Treloar’s are doing for their students. I had huge fun joining in with the classes, chatting and singing, so much so I had to have forty winks in the sensory classroom – ha ha!

Seeing the incredible technology that young people use to communicate was fantastic…after my day there the words inspiring and humbling come to mind with the sheer dedication of the staff.

It was a booming pleasure to be invited to witness close up what is possible and making what seems impossible achievable and creating happiness. I have never seen so many smiles! It brought a tear to my eye, but also hope in my heart. Well done to all students, teachers and carers. Boom! Boom!”

Martin Ingram, Principal of the School and College said:

“We were delighted to have such a unique celebrity visitor to our School and College.

Everyone had a great time meeting Basil Brush, and we look forward to further visits in the future.”