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Our Activities and Training – An Introduction

Freedom is an exciting place to be with a variety of courses to choose from. Our students have the option of applying for courses that are suitable for their needs and will at the end receive an accreditation and/or certification. We work in a completely person-centred way with each person choosing the course they want to do and is right for them and support with completing work books. Our courses are run both inside and outside of Freedom HQ depending on what is right for each student. We try where ever possible to use a venue which is normally used when completing an activity such as a farm, leisure centre or an actual hair salon but the focus is always on what is right for the student.

Courses we have on offer.

Our accredited courses are run with tutors from Leicestershire County Council. With topics such as Hair and Beauty, Running your own Social Enterprise, Gardening and allotment, cooking and healthy eating and our very popular Sailing Course in conjunction with Pittsford Reservoir Sailability.

We have the option for clients to join one of our certificated courses open to everyone run by WEA tutors. These topics include Arts and Crafts, Pottery, Bushcraft, Storytelling and drama. We have a Catering Support Worker who works with the Freedom Support Catering Team everyday. Their cakes, puddings and meals are out of this world!

We also have short courses and one-off courses such as a fantastic Partnership with Leicester City Football Club including attending the BT Premiere League Festival in Stoke Mandeville as the Leicester City Team representatives and the Adult Central Venue League Event which includes a small tournament and a Ground Tour of the King Power Stadium. We have specialist tutors that provide physical activity courses for people with high support needs, Wheels For All cycling proficiency, Working with Animals, Working at a Hair Salon (which is in a real Salon in Market Harborough!) and many more. We are having a float in the Harborough Carnival this year and the Freedom Carnival team have been busy working on the float in preparation for this (it’s a secret so I can’t tell you what the topic is) the Freedom Carnival Team are very excited.

These are just some of the options we have available for our students. We are always looking for more exciting and progressive opportunities for all of our students and encourage them to approach us with ideas. We are very fortunate to have wonderful Partners in the Harborough District who are always on hand to support any developments we feel would be beneficial to our students.

We also offer a service to families and will support them through the assessment process with Adult Social Care and DWP if they so wish which is free of charge. We also feel that it is important for each student to have a meal and refreshments so this is included in the cost.

We are extremely proud of the work that they achieve and all students are invited to a ‘graduation day’ which allows the students, tutors, families, staff and partners time to celebrate their successes.