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South Hill students enjoy their visit to Sunderland Fire Station.

Students from ESPA College South Hill recently visited Sunderland Central Fire Station as part of the College’s enrichment programme.  They were given a tour of the fire station and  learned about how to use the fire hose. Fire- fighters also invited them to sit in the fire appliance.  Some of the students have a keen interest  in fire stations…

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Another successful MacMillan Coffee Day fund raiser

Every year students, residents, staff, parents and friends take part in raising funds at MacMillan Coffee Mornings hosted in a variety of ESPA services. This year we raised a total of £898.27 at events held at MyPlace (£221.60), Beechwood (£122.05), North Rye (£261.00), The Croft Centre (£164.64) and Head Office (£128.98). Many of the people…

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‘The Croft Social’ events and evenings are much enjoyed.

When the number of people attending the Tuesday Club reduced, staff conducted a consultation and as a result of feedback a new monthly gathering, ‘The Croft Social’ was established. Since it was formed it has hosted a variety of social evenings including; barbecues, summer fetes, 1970s disco and Valentines masquerade ball, Halloween fancy dress parties,…

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Peter, David and Alan are helping to stop UK hunger.

Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. When we heard about the Trussell Trust which partners local communities to stop UK hunger, we had to get in touch…

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Beechwood Celebrate ‘Outstanding’ inspection by CQC

Beechwood was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in February this year and the final report was published on 13th July 2017. CQC assessed the quality the service against 5 Key Lines of Enquiry as follows: Is the service: safe, caring, effective, responsive, well lead? Following the Inspector’s two day assessment Beechwood received an overall…

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Bryn receives Award for Exceptional Patient Care

RVI Volunteers Event My Name is Bryn Howard and I currently reside at Westfield which is a hall of residents for young adults with Aspergers. I have been volunteering as a Porter at the RVI hospital in Newcastle for over 18 months now. During this time I have worked hard with my travel training and…

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Dan enjoys his work experience

Dan Hudson, who lives at Cedar’s Lodge within ESPA started working in the Admissions and MDT Department in 2015.  He was given the responsibility of making our Signing key rings which are used as training tools for staff to help their learning of the core signs used across our organisation. Dan is doing a great…

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2016 Graduation news: ESPA College students.

ESPA College held its end of year celebrations for the third year in a row in Bede Tower at Bethany Church, Sunderland.  Students, parents, staff and Trustees joined together to celebrate what has been an excellent year of achievement with many of our learners far exceeding their goals and expectations. Steven Miller – local Paralympian…

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Martin’s parents praise ESPA’s exceptional care.

  Our son Martin was diagnosed autistic in the very early 1970’s and at that time provision was scant, bordering on non-existent with no-one to turn to for meaningful help. For many years it was a struggle (sometimes a battle!) to see my way forward. However, through the evolution of Tyneside Society for Autistic Children,…

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Michael and his family enjoy a holiday treat at ESPA’s caravan in Wooler

Michael has always loved caravan holidays so when the opportunity came up to have a holiday in the ESPA caravan at Wooler we seized the moment. Three of us went with Michael – Mum and Dad and sister Marie.  We had a lovely time – perfect venue for us all. Michael really enjoys walking and…

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