16th November 2020 • Emma Cooper
National Star College helped Ed Scipio transform into a confident young man. What’s more, Ed has gone on to secure a job in his hometown.
When Ed started as a residential student at National Star College in Gloucestershire, he wouldn’t speak up for himself and was nervous about trying anything new. He had never even spent a night away from his mum.
Not only did he achieve qualifications in his Work Outcome programme, but he was elected Student Union President and received a Silver Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award and a Gold Achievement DofE.
Since leaving National Star in July, Ed has landed himself a job delivering meat three days a week for Devizes butcher, Walter Rose & Sons. With a customised wagon on the back of his power wheelchair, Ed has become a popular sight around town.
‘We’ve known Ed for a while and when he finished college we decided to get him in to work by helping with deliveries around town,’ says Jack Cook, from Walter Rose & Sons. ‘He’s made a real difference to the business and everyone around town knows him.’
Ed was born premature at 24 weeks. He spent a great deal of his first seven years of life in hospital. He has cerebral palsy and learning difficulties.
While at National Star, the occupational therapy team worked with Ed and his chair driving skills. He also accessed aquatic therapy and physiotherapy to develop his strength.
Ed hopes to move eventually into supported living.
‘National Star helped me get a job that I love and gave me independence,’ says Ed.
National Star College is a specialist independent college for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated learning difficulties located in Gloucestershire.