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Star students cater inspirational seminar at Blackfriars Priory

19 November 2014

Some of Gloucestershire College’s star Independent Living students successfully catered the groundbreaking See the Ability, Not the Disability seminar held at Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester, on Friday 14 November.

The event, led by Gloucester MP Richard Graham, aimed to lift the barriers that prevent disabled people from gaining employment and encourage local businesses to ‘see the ability, not the disability’ and pledge to provide employment opportunities to those with disabilities.

Following their outstanding catering of an event last year, eight of the College’s Independent Living students were approached by Councillor Jennie Dallimore to provide the food and service for this inspiring event, which was attended by hundreds of prestigious guests and speakers.

These include the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper; the CEO of Action on Disability and Work UK, Andy Rickell; chairman of the FSB for the West of England and Gloucestershire, Mark Owen; and county council cabinet member for long term care, Councillor Kathy Williams.

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Jan Robbins, Work Place Coordinator at Gloucestershire College, said: “We are thrilled with the success of our students catering such a major event as See the Ability, Not the Disbility.

“They took care of everything, from planning, purchasing and preparing to baking and serving the guests a wonderful buffet of finger foods.

“The College’s Independent Living course aims to improve students’ confidence, personal skills and independence, and this seminar not only provided the perfect opportunity to build on these, but also prove to employers that they can and do excel as much as anyone else in tasks such as these.” 

For more information about Independent Living at Gloucestershire College, contact Jan Robbins on 01452 563310 or email

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