A NEW facility designed to help people with special needs has been launched in memory of a former chairman of governors at Burton and South Derbyshire College.
Andrew Phillips House is a centre for learners with complex needs, including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, sensory processing disorder and communication difficulties.
Formerly called Newhall House, the facility, based at the college’s Lichfield Street site, will allow students to participate in activities to develop new skills, increase their confidence and self-esteem, and gain independent living skills.
Dawn Ward, chief executive and principal at the college, said: “The specialised facility is dedicated to former chairman of governors and friend of the college, the late Andrew Phillips.
“Andrew was an inspirational leader and driving force for positive change at the college for many years, and in dedicating this new facility to Andrew the college will mark his valuable contribution for years to come.
“Burton and South Derbyshire College places a great priority on inclusion and seeks to create a college that is truly accessible to all students.
“Andrew Phillips House is unique as it fills a niche to provide transition for the learners in a secure environment from school, prior to accessing mainstream college.”
Mrs Ward, along with college governors, the leader of South Derbyshire District Council Bob Wheeler and the Mayor of East Staffordshire Michael Rodgers gathered at the front of the building to see the official plaque unveiling.
The event was overseen by the wife of Mr Phillips, Val Phillips, and their sons Tom and Geoff.