Compass opened in 2009 as a therapeutic and education service in Belton. There are now 3 Compass bases including Lingwood and Pott Row.
The centre offers high quality educational and therapeutic interventions to hard-to-reach young people who would otherwise be placed in residential schools, so irreversibly breaking their attachments to their families and local communities. The culture of this centre is inclusive and working on young peoples strengths using an integrated approach to education and therapy. Parents and carers are fully involved in the work and have easy access to the therapists and teachers alike.
The ethos of the centre is to engage young people and families who have previously found it difficult to access mainstream education and mental health services. There is funding for up to 30 full time pupils at any one time.
The Compass team includes teaching and therapeutic staff who work creatively to provide a flexible and individually tailored response to the needs of pupils in order to prepare them for reintegration into mainstream school.
The Compass provision is the culmination of many people’s work, growing from a shared vision that values young people’s education and therapeutic needs and their need to remain with their families. There is nothing more satisfying then seeing these young people actively engaged in education and therapy and showing us what they can achieve with quality multi agency services.
The Compass Centre has won a coveted Health and Social Care award for partnership working.
Trips at Compass Lingwood
Following a recent primary trip to Waitrose, we received an email with some lovely feedback from one of the partners there saying, “I wanted to let you know that lots of the Partners who were working when you came to visit, they have all been telling me how brilliantly well behaved you all were and how lovely they thought you all were with happy smiling faces. I have had lots of schools visit me before but never have the Partners been to tell me how good the visitors were, you really made a good impression on everyone who met you here. I think you should all be very proud of yourselves.”