Five Freemen of the Company visited Treloars' School and College in Holybourne near Alton in Hampshire. The Treloar Trust provides education, care, therapy and independence training to young people with physical disabilities between the ages of two and twenty five. Treloar's was founded in 1907 by the then Lord Mayor of London Sir Willian Purdie Treloar. The Lord Mayor each year automatically becomes a Trustee of the Trust, and strong links remain between the City of London, the Livery and the School. Each year the Trust needs to raise £2 million to provide the additional therapies, support and equipment to keep them at the forefront of education and support for young physically disabled people.
After an initial introductory talk about the School and College, where we were joined by Liverymen from the Worshipful Companies of Carmen and Makers of Playing Cards, we met three students undertaking work experience placements and a former student about to start a job in the NHS. Many of the students have profound physical disabilities, and within this group the number of people in work nationally is very low. The work done to prepare the young people for employment was utterly inspiring.
We had a private tour of the school, focussing on healthcare and therapies followed by a round table talk with Sally Nissen Head of Healthcare and Nursing, and a team nurse. We discussed provision of healthcare within the residential houses and health centre, links with local GPs and hospitals, care planning, continuation of care in the school holidays, staffing challenges and CPD, learning so much about their challenges and great joy.
Every student is given the opportunity to achieve beyond their and their family dreams. A student said in their last CQC report "I really like Treloar's. If there is one thing I could change it would be to make it a forever place or stay as long as I can because it is one of the best places in the country for disabled people".