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Focus on Life Skills students perform at Andover College

A special adaptation of ‘Grease’, performed by students with complex needs, took place at Andover College, thanks to a Councillor Community Grant from Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC).

The college applied for a grant to put on the show, using the funding to get costumes and equipment for making props and scenery, so that the students could have a really professional experience.

Students from local schools, including Icknield and Osborne, were invited to watch the performance.

The aim of the Focus on Life Skills study programme is for learners with a range of Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to develop independence and successfully transition into adulthood. It provides a tailored approach for each learner, to support them in working towards outcomes and aspirations for the future.

A spokesperson from the college shared that the show gave the students the chance to shine as well as explore their creativity through dance, music and drama.

St Mary’s ward councillor, Iris Andersen, went to watch the performance.

Cllr Andersen said:

“It was so amazing to be able to go along and watch this special adaptation of Grease, all the students did an absolutely brilliant job. Seeing them thrive on stage was inspiring and everyone should be really proud of themselves. I’m pleased TVBC were able to support this with a councillor community grant, and I would encourage other groups and organisations to think about doing the same.”

The Test Valley Borough Council Councillor Community Grant scheme helps to fund community-led initiatives up to two-thirds of the overall cost. Local councillors allocate up to £1,000 to projects that they identify as meeting a need in the community based on feedback and ideas from residents.

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