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Tuesday 21st November 2017

Mayor of Poole cuts ribbon

Iron Mill College celebrates new Poole premises

Iron Mill College has celebrated the official opening of a new Poole premises, with a very special event. The Worshipful Mayor of Poole, Councillor Lindsay Wilson, along with fellow local Councillor, Malcolm Farrell, led the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the venue in Acorn Business Park on Saturday.

Following the official opening of the new and improved facilities, assembled guests including Iron Mill College students, graduates, staff and other members of the local community, enjoyed two free public lectures. The inspirational and moving talks covered key topical areas in the mental health and wellbeing field - working with young people and counselling in the community. There was also a chance for guests to explore the new facilities, including extra, larger training and breakout spaces, a library and study room and well-equipped kitchen.

Iron Mill College Principal, Rose Bedford commented: “The move to Acorn Business Park represents another landmark moment in the evolution of our Poole college, which is now a leading provider of education and training in mental health and wellbeing in the area. Having launched our first courses in Dorset in 2011, we have seen several years of growth, in terms of student numbers and the number of courses offered in the fields of counselling, supervision, and mental health. We are delighted that we now have even more space and better facilities to offer our fantastic student community and there are more exciting developments on the horizon.

“Our expanding course offering for the coming months includes a Foundation Degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, which is validated by University of Worcester, and a Creative Arts Therapy programme for existing mental health professionals. We will even be holding our first conference in Dorset in April, on the wellbeing of children and young people, with an incredible guest speaker - Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of Childline! Therefore, this move is really just the latest step in an exciting journey for Iron Mill College Poole – a journey that is set to continue.”

Councillor Malcolm Farrell added:
"Both Lindsay and myself were immensely proud to be present for the opening of the Iron Mill College particularly as it's situated in our Newtown Ward.

"Sitting in on 2 lectures demonstrated the quality of courses available and excellent facilities. We will both hopefully return to listen and be involved in further lectures."

Rose Bedford addresses guestsMayor of Poole, Rose Bedford & Councillor Farrell

Guests enjoy facilitiesGuests get ready for free lecture


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