York's Askham Bryan College to open £600,000 centre

A purpose-built centre to help people with learning difficulties in North Yorkshire is to be opened.

The £600,000 centre, at Askham Bryan College, will allow learners to live independently while they are given support and training.

Students aged 16-24, with severe learning difficulties and disabilities, will be offered classroom and vocational training.

The so-called Dentdale project will take students over the coming weeks.

Councillor Janet Looker, who is responsible for Education, Children and Young People, said: "Dentdale is such and exciting and important opportunity, which will hugely improve the opportunities for some very vulnerable young people."

Ade Brownlow , section leader adventure and outdoor living at the college, said: "The Dentdale project has been a great opportunity to start with a blank sheet of paper and create a new facility.

"We have been involving people who will stay there, their families, trust staff and local organisations in the project to make sure the new service matches their needs and abilities.

"This new-build will help support young people in the region so they can lead fulfilling lives."

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