New training centre for autistic youngsters opens in Nottingham

Marchant House 2

A training centre run by Sutherland House School has officially opened today (Thursday 29 February) in Nottingham to help autistic students develop independence skills within a simulated house setting.

The spacious 3-bedroom house in Chilwell will give the school’s older students the chance to learn a variety of household skills from cooking and cleaning to gardening.

“It has been designed to help our students move into adulthood and prepare them for a world after school,” said Sutherland House School Headteacher, Ann Stewart.

Each term four students, aged between 17 and 19, will learn key skills that will help them become more independent, whilst also developing their confidence in their daily lives.

“We’re using a structured approach that will enable our students to work towards their independence at their own pace,” added Ann.

“It means that when the time comes they will be ready to move on and go on to live in supported living or go onto further education or whatever they choose to do next. We would like to maximise their potential and ensure they are prepared for their next stage in life.”

The creation of the training centre has been made possible thanks to a grant of £30,700 awarded from the Wolfson Foundation to Autism East Midlands, the organisation that runs Sutherland House School. The skill-share house and training facility will in the longer term also offer a similar training programme for autistic adults, who use the AEM services.

The building itself was donated to Autism East Midlands and Sutherland House School by the late Eric Kenneth Marchant. It underwent a major transformation in order to adapt it to create the training facility and has been named in the memory of Mr Marchant.

Added Ann: “We are grateful for both the donation of the building from the estate of Mr Marchant and the funding support from the Wolfson Foundation. Marchant House will empower our young people and will make a difference to many people’s lives.”

  • Chairman of AEM’s Board of Trustees, George Smith cut the ribbon to officially open the facility. He is pictured above with Sutherland House School students, teacher Mark Stocken, and project coordinator Carol Sales at the official launch.

Related stories

Whitegates exterior 2

New service to offer respite for autistic adults

A new support centre opens this summer in Worksop offering respite services for autistic adults.

Train station environmental audit e1649148390106 300x200

On track to make travel more autism friendly

East Midlands Railways (EMR) have joined forces with Autism East Midlands to look at ways of making the environment more...

Family Support Hub 2021 Northants

Online advice sessions for parents

Advice and guidance for parents and carers of autistic children are provided during regular online advice sessions.

Would you like to find out more about autism?

Being autistic does not mean you have an illness or disease. It means your brain works in a different way from other people.

Find out more