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Sussex Coast College Hastings will once again be raising awareness of autism during a whole day of workshops, motivational speakers and stalls on Friday 21st April.

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After the success of last year’s event, the college will be hosting an event to celebrate autism awareness month. From 10am until 4pm, students and staff will wear pink and purple and welcome visitors to the Station Plaza campus to celebrate autism and learn more about this invisible disability.

The atrium will be set up with a number of craft stalls selling hand-made jewellery, host different organisations stands, and have an exhibition of art work in the pop gallery, showing a number of student success stories and progression.

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A number of guest speakers will be giving talks throughout the day to help students, parents and visitors get a better understanding of autism. Special guest Dr Elizabeth Shea, a clinical psychologist for the Birmingham Food Refusal Service, will be hosting a workshop on autism and eating disorders.

Autism Sussex, the Youth Employability Service, Spectrum, Rachel Lowden, and the fully trained team from the college, will be on hand throughout the day to offer advice and guidance on autism at college and in the workplace.

The college is very passionate about providing specialist support for students with additional learning needs and currently holds the Autism Accreditation status from the National Autistic Society for the Supported Education Provision.

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Another group of unemployed young people from across Hastings and Rother have taken control of their lives after successfully completing the Prince’s Trust Team programme at Sussex Coast College.

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Last week, Team 9 reflected on their 14 week journey of skill building, personal discovery, and making life-long friends, during their final project; the end of Team presentation.

Friends and family, along with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Hastings, heard all about their week-long stay in Ashdown forest, where they completed tasks, rock climbed, abseiled and canoed.

Each of the 11 Team members were awarded with Certificates of Employment, Teamwork and Community skills and congratulated for all their hard-work and dedication to their community project where they helped to renovate the Ore Community Centre by decorating the community rooms and tidying up the gardens.

Helen Bowler, Team Leader Prince’s Trust said: “Too many young people are struggling to find a job, and these young people are living proof that it is possible to turn your life around – no matter what background you’ve had. Over the last 14 weeks we have seen the Team learn new skills, form friendships and give something back to their local community. They have created the foundations to enable them to move forward in their lives and gain employment. We are very proud of their achievements.”

It is thought that, on average, each Team invests the equivalent of £2,745 into their community; and 65% of community projects, such as the renovations at the Ore Centre, wouldn’t happen without the involvement of Team.

The Prince’s Trust programme is free to anyone aged 16-25, who is not in work or education. The college still has places on the next Team which starts on Monday 17th April 2017. If you would like to join Team 10 then please register your interest at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Later this month, Sussex Coast College will welcome the Great British Barber Bash crew to Hastings as they put on a barbering master class.

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Four members of the Great British Barber Bash crew will travel to Hastings on Tuesday 25th April to put on a 3 hour spectacle, demonstrating the latest cuts and styles in barbering.

The team regularly tour up and down the country creating magnificent hair styles for men and women, while putting on an entertaining show in front of a live audience.

Coast restaurant, at the Station Plaza campus, will host the event from 6pm, welcoming students, staff, local barbers, and anyone with interest in the industry.

Before the show kicks off, the Barber Bash team will give an exclusive coaching session to barbering students in the college salon. Students will be able to learn top tips on beard sculpting and styling, advice on cutting techniques, information about grooming products, as well as gaining a whole load of inspiration.

Tickets are on sale from Sussex Coast College Hastings, so if you are interested in coming along please contact Chris Stevens, Head of Barbering at Sussex Coast College Hastings, on 01424 442222 or 07793 092321. Alternatively you can book online at

Tickets are £25 and should be purchased before the event.

For a flavour of what's in store, check out a recent barber bash:


Christopher White

A Sussex Coast College student has raised almost £150 for charity after running the Hastings Half Marathon last weekend.

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Christopher White, who studies on the Level 3 Art and Design course, ran the Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday 19th March to raise money for a close friend, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Christopher has a hearing impairment, but was determined to run the marathon for his friend. He completed the 13 mile circuit in less than two and a half hours, raising a total of £136.80, which he will donate to Cancer Research UK.

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Last Wednesday, one of the nation’s favourite holiday camps, Butlin’s, visited Sussex Coast College Hastings to talk about potential career opportunities with the company.

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Butlin’s, which opened its first site over 80 years ago, now has three camps in England and is part of the Sunday Times top 25 of best big companies to work for. Staff members from the Bognor Regis camp came to give students an insight into the business and tell them about careers with the company, famous for their Redcoat entertainers.

Students studying Travel and Tourism, Business, and Hospitality and Catering, joined Butlin’s team members from HR, marketing, catering, and entertainment to hear about the company’s growth over the past 80 years, and the career opportunities in their hotels, bars, restaurants, beauty salons, support services and as a Redcoat entertainer.

Adam Holt, Travel and Tourism and Cabin Crew lecturer, said: “We had such a great day with the Butlin’s team. They have a really inspiring ethos and I think their presentation may have been an eye opening experience for the students. A number of students will be undertaking work experience with the Bognor Regis site in the coming weeks, and at least a dozen of students are seriously considering applying for a number of the jobs on offer.”

Alexandra Syrotiuk, Curriculum Area Manager for Travel and Business, said: “It was fantastic that the Butlin’s team could spend a whole day with us to come and give the students a taste of what it is like to work for a large and established organisation.

We have a strong emphasis on linking our courses to the real world, and hosting events like this one allows students to enhance their employability, and this event gave students from across the college the opportunity to find out about and apply for jobs in their chosen career industries.”

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Hastings is a fantastic place to study, but it is also a great place to live and play.

There is always something going on, whether it is the Seafood and Wine Festival, Jack in the Green, Pirates Day, or Mardi Gras.

The famous Hastings Pier re-opened last year and is always a hive of activity with open-air yoga, cinema screenings, a circus, and live music. To the east, you’ll find a glorious stretch of beach, with Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet, the iconic black fishing huts, with views of the East Hill in the background. The Jerwood Gallery is a modern art gallery which offers a ‘uniquely British experience’.

Hastings is also packed with lots of fantastic restaurants for residents and visitors to enjoy tasty food.

We want you to have the best and most memorable time in Hastings, which is why we only provide you with somewhere friendly and safe to stay when you’re here.

We visited the Chies family for a quick cup of tea and a chat about what it’s like to stay with them.

Alberto and Satty Chies live very close to Hastings town centre and have been a host family with the college for just over 4 years. They have two children, Olivia (aged 7) and Lucca (aged 2½ ) and a cat called Billy. Alberto is a furniture designer and Satty is a careers adviser.

Satty said: “We love to welcome students, from all around the world, to come and stay with us. Each of them bring their own unique charm and character, which helps to fill our home with a feel-good buzz.

We live quite close to the town centre and have enough space for up to four students to live with us at once. We always encourage students to make themselves at home where they can come and go as they please and join in with family activities, whether it’s going out for walks, watching a movie at home, or choosing what to have for dinner.

We like to write the weekly menu on the black board in the kitchen so we can all look forward to dinner, and also swap anything the students aren’t too keen on. At the weekend we all love to bake, and when everyone gets involved, it is great fun.”

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